Councillor backs call for more Lichfield and Burntwood honours

A Lichfield councillor is backing calls for more people in the area to be nominated for honours.

A new campaign has been launched to see the work of even more of the region’s great and good recognised.

Voluntary groups, businesses and individuals are entitle to be put forward for a place on the Birthday and New Year’s Honours List.

Sue Arnold

Sue Arnold

Cllr Sue Arnold said: “It’s vitally important that local people who deserve to be recognised for their hard work, endeavour and achievements, actually find themselves on the nomination ladder that leads to an honour.”

The new campaign is being spearheaded by Staffordshire’s Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson – the Queen’s representative in the county.

“There are so many unsung heroes who deserve to be honoured but they need someone to nominate them,” he said. “Some regions are under-represented – notably the Midlands.”

Business-style cards are being distributed throughout civic circles in Staffordshire calling for the public’s help with the awards’ process.

The honours that could be given include:

  • The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: Voluntary groups could be in receipt of this award which has equivalent status as an individual MBE and recognises hard work within the community. More details at www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview.
  • The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: A corporate award recognising outstanding achievements by UK companies in three categories – International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Meanwhile the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who make outstanding contributions to enterprise culture in the UK. For more details visit www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overview.
  • OBE – An award for a major local role in any activity, where work has made them known nationally in their chosen field.
  • MBE – An award for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. Awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to others.
  • BEM – The award for sustained, local contribution or innovative, high impact work of a relatively short duration (three to four years). More details on the previous three awards is available at www.gov.uk/honours/overview.

Cllr Arnold added: “If you require any more details or clarification, then please call me on 01827 383886 or 07990 553938, or email me.”

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