How To Get An MBE?


How do I get an MBE? It depends! Who is the nominee? A sports coach who devotes themselves to their kids? The beloved member of your local community? The business person who creates jobs? Or maybe that deserving candidate is you.

The Government advise against repeated applications for Queen's Honours. So for most people, an application is a one-off chance for recognition. We help make sure that your first attempt is your BEST attempt.

We offer realistic advice at sensible prices. Our small team are experienced consultants who understand the process. We commit to create a nomination with the greatest possible chance of success.

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How Do I Start My MBE Nomination Process?

You have a colleague or loved one who you think deserves an honour from the Queen but don’t know how to go about it?

That’s why Bayleaf Honours exists.

We are 100% focused on Queen’s Honours and we don’t work on business or export awards. Our services are fully dedicated for THIS.

Also we have one flat price – we don’t work harder depending on how much you pay. As a result, we try our very best to make your nomination successful, no matter how much you pay.

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Who Is Eligible For An MBE And What Is The Process?

From the UK Government Website:

Honours recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements. There are always fewer recipients than people who deserve them and because they are rare, they should be reserved for people:

  • Who have changed things especially by solid, practical achievement;
  • Whose work has brought distinction to British life or enhanced the UK’s reputation

What is an MBE and when is it awarded? And what does MBE stand for?

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

The MBE is awarded to individuals who have provided long-term, significant community service, or who have been responsible for significant community impact. Recipients will be those who stand out as a positive example to others.

How Can Bayleaf Honours Help You?

We understand how to create an honest and effective case which uses the factors which are important to the selection committee members and the Government. Because of that, we give you an honest assessment of the chances of success based on the facts and then if you want to proceed, we will write the nomination with you.

Finally, in addition to the nomination itself, we can also help the supporters that you choose to write their letters.

Experienced writers

Affordable pricing (from £200)

Free consultation

Realistic assessment

Transparent process

No added extras

Detailed Investigation

Compelling Application

Supporting Documentation

How We Work

When the current nomination process was introduced in the 1990s, the purpose was to allow members of the public to more easily nominate the everyday heroes and heroines we meet in our lives; that the Honours shouldn’t be reserved for the rich and elite.

So, that is how we work at Bayleaf – sensible pricing for writing great nominations. Importantly, we charge fees which are significantly lower than our competitors to allow more people to nominate their loved ones and respected colleagues.

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Honours Nomination

  • Phone Consultation
  • Questionnaire Assessment
  • Completion of Nomination Form
  • Writing of Compelling Case
  • Supporting Documentation
  • Detailed Research
  • 12 month payment plan available

What Our Clients Are Saying


Experienced, professional and accessible. My experience with Bayleaf Honours was quite enjoyable. I found the team there to be unpretentious, honest and transparent. My nomination was written in a compelling, comprehensive & timely manner. Their fees are fair and readily available. I had full access to all team members and felt my nomination was in the best hands.

Why Choose Bayleaf Honours For Your MBE Nomination?

At Bayleaf, we provide our clients with affordable expertise every day. There are other providers of nomination services who charge very differently to our simple pricing structure. We built our business with low overheads so we can charge lower prices to our clients to provide nomination support – our writers work remotely so we don’t pay for office space. For example, our process works exclusively online, so nobody has to pay travel expenses.

Secondly, we operate a high integrity business – we don’t make promises about our chances of success and we don’t claim to have influence or inside knowledge of the Honours Nomination process. Therefore, we absolutely promise our clients an honest assessment of success, compelling writing & in-depth research. Nothing more, nothing less.

Finally, our business is 100% focused on MBEs & Queen’s Honours – we don't allow ourselves to be distracted with business awards or other nominations. Securing these for you is our relentless passion.

Fun Facts about the Queen's Honours

Twice a year, we hear both debate surrounding the Queen’s Honours – both in terms of the recipients chosen and the reasons that some people reject their award. But how much do you really know? What are the rules? And who turned their award down?


It is perhaps the origin of the Queen’s Honours Awards that divide the masses. While some embrace the tradition and all is stands, others cannot bring themselves to participate in a ceremony that harks back to the British Empire.


So where and why did it start?

Well, back in 1348, Edward III created the highest English order of chivalry, the Most Noble Order of the Garter. As the role of Government evolved in the eighteenth century, the Cabinet took over the role of selecting honours recipients and from there, the awards became something for broader society, looking beyond aristocracy and high ranking military figures.


Rarely granted awards

The Royal Victorian Order comprises several honours that are rare perhaps because of the way they are given. These awards, unlike others, are at the sole discretion of the Queen, and it is perhaps for this reason that Prince Philip has been decorated with so many of them!


Do you have to be a British national to win?

Actually, no. The Foreign Office can recommend an award go to a foreigner who has made a significant impact. These are called Honorary Awards and a full list of the 2019 honorary awards can be found here.


Controversial Awards

Perhaps one of the most controversial awards to date has to be that of the Knighthood of Iain Duncan Smith. Many argued that he was receiving the honour for being ‘Mr Universal Credit’ – a system which many claim led to poverty and distress for many. 


Who turned it down?

Many celebrities and public figures have turned down awards over the years. Notably, we’ve seen members of the black community, including writer Benjamin Zephaniah and footballer Howard Gayle turn down their awards, with many arguing that its celebration of British imperialism make it inappropriate. Meanwhile, former PMs Tony Blair and Gordon Brown also rejected the honour, as did Roald Dahl, Nigella Lawson and many more.


Who was stripped of their honour?

Perhaps the most recent and high-profile case was that of Rolf Harris, who was stripped of his CBE following his conviction of numerous counts of indecent assault. But there are many more – including a double agent, an alleged blackmailer and a corrupt businessman.


And finally, just for fun, we look at the weird things people have worn to their honours ceremony

Even the Queen herself has made headlines for her choice of clothes at an investiture. In March 2020, due to public health fears amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the Queen made news for, unusually, wearing long white gloves to pin the medals to the recipients.

But there has been a truly colourful fashion parade at previous ceremonies.

From devil’s horns to no knickers – and we’re talking about just one person here. The Queen of punk fashion, Vivienne Westwood, made the news when she collected her OBE in 1992 and giving a rather revealing twirl in her dress. Although stating that she was once again knicker-less when she was made a Dame years later, it was perhaps her silver devil’s horns that made the headlines - along with her fashionable nod to Che Guevara. But even though Dame Vivienne is perhaps the most controversial, many celebrities have been snapped in gorgeous or unusual creations. There’s a great photo gallery here – but can you guess which British celebrity arrived in her trainers?

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