With our Honours & Awards service we work behind the scenes to help you secure the recognition you deserve. We help prepare you and optimise your chances of receiving a UK honour; raising your profile and ensuring you make the right connections and the right first impression.
We provide a discreet, comprehensive, personal service designed to give you the best possible chance of success.
Awards are the capstone to a career. We will devise a plan of action to enhance your profile and increase your chances of success by ensuring you make the right connections and the right first impression, and our team of specialists will work behind the scenes to help you secure the recognition you deserve.
Contrary to what certain websites would have you believe, it’s not possible to “buy” an honour. Securing a UK honour of any kind, from an OBE to a knighthood, can never be guaranteed. They are awarded only to outstanding individuals whose professional and personal endeavours are significant, so we will only work with you if we believe from our experience that you have the background and career achievements to secure one.
If we believe you have the appropriate career and personal qualities to receive an honour, we will help you prepare your profile, demonstrate how you can contribute to public life, and highlight your achievements and philanthropic work. We will also support and guide you through the application processes for vital public appointments, British honours and a role in the House of Lords.
Prepare and raise your profile
We will help you identify which of your ideas and areas of interest will have the most impact on your chances of gaining an honour. We will develop your ideas and hone your messaging in order to ensure you are closely identified with these positive messages. We will also work hard to broaden your personal network and introduce you to other high-profile and influential individuals.
We will then secure a broad range of appropriate media opportunities that will ensure wide recognition of your ideas, raise your profile and put you on the radar of the individuals who decide who is awarded an honour. These opportunities will include columns, comment pieces, articles, feature pieces, broadcast interviews and speaking opportunities.
Demonstrate how you can contribute to public life
When it comes to the most senior UK honours such as CBEs and knighthoods, the honours system favours people who have made a contribution to society by holding public appointments. These appointments are made by the government and are a clear demonstration of your commitment to public life and to using your experience and skills for the benefit of others.
Public appointments can include non-executive directorships on the boards of public bodies under the jurisdiction of a government department. These bodies are often known as QUANGOs or quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations.
We can help prepare your public profile to give you the best possible chance of securing an appointment; help you complete the application form and help you demonstrate your ability to use your knowledge, skills and experience to make a positive and valuable contribution.
Highlight your achievements and philanthropic work
Individuals who gain honours do so by demonstrating that they are outstanding at what they do; have made achievements in public life; committed themselves to serving and helping Britain and made life better for other people.
In addition, if they are applying to become a peer via the House of Lords Appointment Commission, one of two non-political routes, they must also demonstrate that they have technical knowledge, skills and experience that is needed in government.
We can ensure that your achievements and philanthropic work are brought to the attention of the individuals on the honours committees. We can help you highlight your achievements, successes and philanthropic work. We can ensure you are recognised for the right reasons and focus attention on your personal integrity, energy and commitment to others.
There are three ways to secure any form of UK honour:
A political appointment decided internally by the government or by opposition parties – these honours cannot be applied for by individuals or their supporters and are at the discretion of Parliament
Nomination via the Honours Committee of the Cabinet Office – you can be nominated by others for an honour via application form. Whoever nominates you cannot choose which honour you might receive
Nomination via the House of Lords Appointments Commission – you can apply to be appointed a non-party-political cross-bench life peer, or ‘people’s peer’. To be eligible you must be, and intend to remain, independent of any political party
You can also apply for any advertised public appointment.
We are dedicated to ensuring that you have the best possible chance of success whichever route we decide is the right one for you.
We are a small, tight-knit practice of highly experienced professionals drawn from a range of political and business backgrounds. Headquartered in Soho, our practice operates internationally and we only work with individuals on a bespoke, one-to-one basis.
Our client list is confidential and guarding our clients’ privacy is a vital part of our service.