This week, Postcode Anywhere’s chief executive officer Guy Mucklow was delighted to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion 2014.
The award is a lifetime honour and it has been conferred upon him by Her Majesty The Queen for his voluntary work in promoting enterprise in Worcestershire and beyond.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are regarded as the UK’s most prestigious accolades for businesses and individuals. The award for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who make outstanding contributions to enterprise culture in the UK.
Individual Queen’s Awards are bestowed for life on the recipients. Only a handful of people are usually awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion every year as, for example, eight people in the country received it in 2013.
I for one, was not surprised by Guy’s award, as he is someone firmly committed to the idea that SMEs are the backbone of the UK’s economy. For the last seven years he has used his experience and contacts to help encourage the younger generation to consider setting up and developing their own businesses, by supporting organisations such as Young Enterprise for example.
Every year Postcode Anywhere gives an award to the Young Enterprise company that has demonstrated the best utilisation of IT within its business. The award is bestowed at local level, South Worcestershire’s Young Enterprise Presentation evening, and also at the charity’s strategic Herefordshire and Worcestershire event.
More recently Guy has become involved in Code Club a ‘not-for-profit’ network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs aimed at giving 7 – 11 year olds the chance to learn how to code.
“For children to have a chance of becoming creators, not just consumers, of tomorrow’s innovations, it will be critical to expand computer science education that inspires children from an early age. Code Club is an amazing initiative in this respect as it not only helps to solve the digital skills gap which is vital for the future success of the UK economy, it also helps those people that have benefited from a digital education to share their passion, knowledge and skills with others.”
Solving technology skills shortages and encouraging entrepreneurialism are also major initiatives of the Information Economy Council, which Guy sits on and which helps to shape the Government’s strategy for the UK digital economy.
As part of its activities in the community, Postcode Anywhere also regularly hosts events in its offices to show local school children what life working in a technology company is like. Schools such as The Chase, Malvern, Tudor Grange Academy and more recently New College Worcester, have benefited from Guy’s support and enthusiasm for business. He has also helped to influence local and national business leaders to encourage disadvantaged young people to be given a chance, as with the right support, guidance and nurturing they too have the potential to become tomorrow’s successful entrepreneurs.
“It’s a real honour and a privilege to have been selected for a Queen’s Award. I guess that I’m passionate about what I do and I love passing some of that enthusiasm onto others. Passion and interest, in my view, are essential ingredients for a happy and fulfilling life, so if you can find something that you love doing you will be successful. Being rewarded in the process is, for me, like the cherry on the cake!”
News about the award was a shock for me too, as I nominated Guy, and back in January I received several communications from the Queen’s Award office so I was quietly confident that he would actually receive it. The hardest thing was keeping it a secret from him.
On July 14th, Guy will be presented with his award by the Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills and President of the Board of Trade at the BIS headquarters in Westminster. After the presentation he will be attending HM The Queen’s reception at Buckingham Palace later on in the early evening. How exciting!
What’s even more exciting is that unbeknown to me, the person who nominated Guy also receives an invite to the Palace. I think I might just burst with excitement!