15 March 2024

Mark Goldby DL

Office of the Lieutenency

Registration from: 11:45am

Lunch: 12:30pm

Mark Goldby Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire joined us for lunch in March to explain all about the highly prestigious King’s Awards for Enterprise, which recognise outstanding achievement for innovative UK businesses in the fields of:

  • International trade
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility

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The King’s Awards for Enterprise continue Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy. She established the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 1967 as Great Britain was entering the Common Market and her Commonwealth was shrinking. The awards became an opportunity to develop and showcase UK businesses around the globe.

If you receive a coveted King’s Award, you’ll be:

  • Invited to a Royal reception
  • Presented with the award at your company by one of The King’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant
  • Able to fly The King’s Awards flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials (for example, on your packaging, advertisements, stationery and website)
  • Given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy

The awards are valid for five years.

In 2023, there were just 148 recipients out of 800 applicants, with the most awards being given for international trade.

Previous winners have reported benefiting from:

  • Worldwide recognition
  • Increased commercial value
  • Greater press coverage
  • A boost to staff morale

The Awards will open on the King’s official birthday, 6 May 2024. Applications close 12 September 2024.

For more information on the awards, and to find out if your business is eligible, visit The King's Awards for Enterprise: About the awards - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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Mark Goldby DL


Mark’s business career spans 4 decades: initially with corporate giants GPT & Siemens and then until 2019 as co-founder & owner of SMS Electronics – a successful, Nottinghamshire-based company & winner of the prestigious Kings Award for Enterprise.

Life after SMS Electronics has seen Mark champion and give back to both the business sector and local communities via a number of non-executive, advisory board and charitable trustee roles. These commitments sit alongside Mark chairing the East Midlands Manufacturing Networks, which are business-led, peer to peer groups, and his position on the Regional Advisory Board for the largest manufacturing trade body in the UK (Make UK) ensures Mark’s passion for manufacturing remains connected and relevant.

Mark was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire in 2016 recognising his achievements in business, the charitable sector and his community. Mark leads on the promotion of the Kings Award for Enterprise within the County and is a strong advocate of inclusivity and rural affairs.

Mark also champions The King's Award for Enterprise, which is the most prestigious award any UK business can receive - bar none! His Majesty has renewed and acknowledged the importance of these awards that were established under the late Queen Elizabeth II and you have an opportunity to hear all about the awards directly from a royal representative. You will learn more about the awards, the prize, the recognition, the process and the guidance available for applicants

The Timetable

What to expect at NCBC

Arrival at 11:45, sign in and collect your badge before being escorted into the reception area.

Enjoy a bit of opening networking with the other members and guests of the lunch. Drink included.

Sit down for a two course lunch including a starter and a main followed by coffee. After lunch the guest speaker will take to the podium for their speech.

The meeting and lunch is drawn to a close.

Parking is available at NCP Nottingham Stoney Street.


Why join NCBC

Meet potential business contacts

As a member you’ll be invited to a monthly lunch-time event on the third Friday of each month (excluding August) to meet with other members and hear from our guest speaker.

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There are various opportunities to promote your business through word of mouth, our social media channels and also sponsorship.

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