UKCloud has revealed that it has received its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise scheme rewards businesses for outstanding achievements in International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and for promoting opportunity through social mobility.
The Innovation category awards companies that go above and beyond in their area of expertise, and is designed for those offering a unique innovation, which has been available to the market for a minimum of two years. Winners of this category must also show outstanding commercial success over the past two years, or continuous commercial success over five years.
UKCloud has demonstrated its commitment to innovation since it launched its services on the debut G-Cloud Framework in 2012. The organisation now works with more than 240 partners that are able to leverage UKCloud’s accredited and UK sovereign platform to bring their services to the public sector market. The organisation has also grown, winning a number of high-profile public sector contracts with HMRC, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, to name a few.
Simon Hansford, UKCloud CEO said, “it is a huge honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This is a most welcome recognition of our commitment to supporting technological innovation in the UK and of our contribution to the public sector.”
“We remain focused on delivering an innovative, open, and sovereign public cloud, and are fully dedicated to improving our platform in-line with the evolving requirements of the public sector. We’re delighted to have our commitment recognised by such an influential awards body, and look forward to flying the Queen’s Award flag at our Farnborough headquarters.”
Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Member of Parliament for Aldershot added, “the Queen’s Award for Innovation is a significant achievement by any measure, and I’m delighted that UKCloud, based in Farnborough in my constituency, has been recognised for the superb, innovative service it is offering to the UK public sector. This achievement shows how UK companies can make a real difference, through the services they deliver, but also to the economy through expansion and growth. This is one of many ways that our government needs to increase the recognition, support and use of innovative UK technology vendors.”
UKCloud will be presented with the award by The Lord-Lieutenant of the county, The Queen’s local representative, at its headquarters in Farnborough, and will also attend a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace later in the year.