Compelling Honours Nominations Crafted, Researched & Written With Passion & Care

"I wish had approached Bayleaf four years ago when I first thought of engaging help for a Queen’s Honour. The level of detail knowing what is required, as well as the ability to coax the relevant information to support a successful application, I can say with experience, is second-to-none. Bayleaf’s approach that every individual is different – and so every approach has to be tailored – is both unique and also comforting that you’re giving yourself the best chance of recognition in the process."

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    How To Write a Successful Queen’s Honours Nomination

    How do I get a Queen’s Honours? The process isn’t difficult. An online form from the British Government needs to be completed according to the published guidelines. Then, at least two letters of support need to be included.

    So, how to nominate someone for an honour with a good chance of success? A track record of outstanding results in giving back to the community or helping society PLUS some passionate supporters willing to write on your behalf PLUS a compelling and well-written nomination form EQUALS A Great Chance of Success!

    Bayleaf Honours are the ONLY Honours Specialists who provide No Risk” nomination packages. We are so confident in our expertise and approach, that if you choose one of our No Risk services, we refund 100% of your fee if you are not successful*. Check out the product page or our explainer video for further information. 

    Or use our fast Self-Assessment tool to check the eligibility of your nominee

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    Writing a Successful Nomination

    Anybody can write a nomination form to receive an honour, (or OBE, CBE or even a Knighthood) and the Government helpfully has some advice about how best to write the application on the Honours website.

    The Government advice starts with the most important consideration – does the nominee deserve an Honour? The best written nomination for an unworthy candidate won’t work.

    Who deserves an honour?

    Honours recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements. There are always fewer honours 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 in their area or activity. If you think your nominee demonstrates one or both of these accomplishments and that their contribution stands out from other people’s, please consider nominating them for an honour.

    (UK Government Website)
    Beyond that, and the other tips on the site, here are our best pieces of insight gained from our experiences working with a wide variety of clients – from school teachers to movie stars.

    How to Nominate Someone for Queen's Honours

    • Read the application form before you start your research! It seems obvious, but it’s very important to understand what the nominating committee is looking for. Here at Bayleaf, we plan out our Queen’s Honours nomination before starting any research or reaching out to people.
    • Focus on Difference. What makes the nominee different from other people operating in the same field? What differences has the nominee made to their community? By clearly highlighting those differences, you will show the nomination committee why your candidate is worthy.
    • Choose Supporters Carefully. When we write an Honours Nomination, we break down the story into distinct pieces and find supporters that can write from personal experience about each part. For example, each business success, each charity effort, each community action – find a supporter who has seen the benefit and the work and can speak personally about it.
    • Don’t Use Template Letters. If a chosen supporter says “I’d love to help, but I don’t know what to write. Write something for me and I will sign it” – then find a different supporter. It’s not possible to capture the personal enthusiasm and necessary support when writing on behalf of somebody else. In short – if somebody can’t be bothered to write a short, personal letter, you don’t need them in your corner.
    • Don’t Overplay Business Success. In general, an application will not receive much credit for elements which have already benefited the nominee. More bluntly – something which has brought personal wealth or stature probably won’t attract an Honour. Focus on what the nominee has done with that profile and how they have given back.
    • Be Specific. Generalisms and platitudes don’t win Honours. Give numbers, amounts, hours spent, people helped.
    • Enlist Help. You probably don’t know everything about your nominee (unless you are behind your own nomination). If you are a work colleague, enlist the help of a family member who may know about private charity work. If you are a partner or family member, talk to business colleagues who may know something that you don’t. Be thorough.
    • Take your Time. It will probably take 2 years for the Government to evaluate your nomination. Spending a couple of extra weeks to really check the application is time well spent.
    • Don’t Forget the Background Checks. Several agencies are involved in the evaluation to check that nobody “unsuitable” is awarded an Honour. Police, Immigration Services and HMRC etc all have the power to comment on or veto a nomination. If you are aware of an issue in the past, it probably will be noted and could stop an otherwise successful nomination.
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    From the UK Government Website

    Honours recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements. There are always fewer honours 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

    In their area or activity.


    How Can Bayleaf Honours Help?

    We are experienced consultants. (We also have a global team who can support with recognition in, amongst others Australia, New Zealand and Canada). The team understand how to create an honest and effective case. This takes into account the factors which are important to the selection committee. After we listen to you, we will give you an honest assessment of the chances of success based on the facts that you tell us. Then if you want to proceed, we will write the application with you.

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

    how can bayleaf honours help
    • Experienced writers
    • Realistic assessment
    • Detailed Investigation
    • Affordable pricing (from £200)
    • Transparent process
    • Compelling Application
    • Free consultation
    • No added extras
    • Supporting Documentation

    How We Work

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

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

    It’s a common question – “Why should we use a company like yours when the service is free? And is it ethical to pay for help?” You can read our answers at our blog post.

    And that’s it – our twelve stages which help us build a great nomination for you to win an MBE or other Honour. It’s all targeted to create something compelling, memorable that hits the Government’s priorities.

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    Our Guaranteed Market-Best Pricing

    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 very 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.

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    Why Choose Bayleaf?

    At Bayleaf, we provide our clients with affordable expertise every day. Of course, 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 low prices to our clients. For example, our writers work remotely so we don’t pay for office space. Also, our process works exclusively online, so nobody has to pay travel expenses.

    That means that we can commit to beating any other price for a similar service – by a lot! If you have received a genuine offer from any established competitor of ours, send the offer to us and we guarantee to beat the price by 50%! Not only that, but we have no word limits or limits on the number of supporters we contact for you.

    We operate a high integrity business. So we don’t make promises about our chances of success and we don’t claim to have influence or inside knowledge of the process. Our clients receive an honest assessment of success, compelling writing & in-depth research. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Finally, our business is 100% focused – we don’t allow ourselves to be distracted with business awards or other nominations. Securing recognition for you is our relentless passion.

    5 Good Reasons to Use Bayleaf Honours

    You may have just learned about honours writing services and that’s how you’ve stumbled onto this article. Perhaps you’re thinking of someone you’d like to nominate or you’re unclear what an honours writing service could do to help you. Here are five reasons why using an honours writing service just makes sense:

    Fun Facts about Queen’s Honours

    Twice a year we hear debate about 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?

    * For full details about No Risk Nominations, please see our Terms and Conditions, and consult our No-Risk Nomination page.

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