Sir Eric Dancer appoints Lord-Lieutenants Cadets for 2013/14 on 22/10/2013
Posted: 29th October 2013
Sir Eric Dancer present's British Empire Medals 8.10.2013
Posted: 9th October 2013
HRH The Earl of Wessex opens the new Torquay Academy on 22nd July 2013
Posted: 27th August 2013
Sir Eric Dancer presented Queens Award for Enterprise, International Trade to Whetman Pinks
Posted: 5th August 2013
The Queen's Award for Enterprise Innovation presented to UTAS, Plymouth on 12th July 2013
Posted: 2nd August 2013
HRH The Duke of Kent visited Flybe Training Academy & SRA Developments Ltd, Ashburton and opened the new joint ACF & ATC Unit at Newton Abbot on 10th July 2013
Posted: 2nd August 2013
Visit by HRH The Earl of Wessex on 22nd July 2013 to open Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter
Posted: 29th July 2013
24 May 2013 BEM Investitures
Posted: 30th May 2013
HM Lord-Lieutenant presented 8 BEM awards to Devon recipients at an Investiture at County Hall, Exeter on the afternoon of 24th May 2013. Please click on link below for details:
Unsung Heroes - How to nominate!
Posted: 13th May 2013
Do you know local unsung heroes who deserve
In recent years, the national honours system has put special emphasis on recognising people who, working individually or in volunteer groups, make an outstanding contribution to their local community. Such recognition is a deserved and public ‘thank you’ for what they do as well as acting as an inspiration to others.
There are two main ways in which national recognition is available for individuals and for groups.
Two honours particularly are available for outstanding contributions by individuals to the local community:
- Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. An MBE is also awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people; and
- British Empire Medal (BEM), reintroduced in 2012, rewards a sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration (eg 3 to 4 years). The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, as the Queen’s representative, will present BEMs to recipients in a local ceremony. Recipients will also be invited to attend an annual royal garden party at Buckingham Palace in London.
A candidate for an honour can be nominated at any time by someone who knows their work but a national committee decides which honour should be recommended to Her Majesty so you do not have to specify which one in your nomination.
- The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises and rewards excellent work carried out by volunteer groups in their communities. It is of equivalent status to the MBE. The awards are made annually in June to volunteer groups who regularly devote their time to helping others, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.
Groups must be nominated, for example, by beneficiaries of their work, members of the public, representatives of public bodies, or other voluntary groups. Nominations are then assessed by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to Her Majesty.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, as the Queen’s representative, will present each winning group with a certificate, signed by the Queen, and a commemorative crystal at a local ceremony. Award recipients are entitled to use the Queen’s Award emblem on their website, stationery and other printed material. Four representatives of each successful group will also be invited to an annual royal garden party at Buckingham Palace in London.
So, if you know of a deserving group of two or more people working for the local community that:
- provides a service that meets a need for local people;
- is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit;
- is run locally; and
- has been running for three years
then please nominate them.
For general enquiries about:
- individual honours, please telephone the Honours and Appointments Secretariat in the Cabinet Office on 020 7276 2777
- the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For guidance on how to make a nomination, please log on to:
- individual honours https://www.gov.uk.honours/nominate-someone
- Queens Award for Voluntary Service https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/
Making a nomination is very straightforward.
Devon Winners - Queen's Award for Enterprise 2013
Posted: 2nd May 2013
Simpleware Ltd of Exeter have won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise – this time in the category of International Trade
Whetman Pinks Ltd of Dawlish have won their first Queen’s Award for Enterprise – in the category of International Trade
Atlantic Inertial Systems Ltd t.a. UTC Aerospace Systems of Southway, Plymouth have won a further Queen’s Award for Enterprise – this time in the category of Innovation.
For further information and details of their websites please see our “National Awards” page.