The Categories

There are 16 categories to choose from this year, encompassing both industry and discipline-specific areas, and there’s no limit to the number you can enter! However, there will be a maximum of 84 finalist presentations at the Awards themselves. The categories incorporate both B2B and B2C initiatives, and include categories specifically for SMEs, so that all types of organisation have the chance to do well. There’s also two awards for individuals - Entrepreneur of the Year and Inspirational Leader - and a category for Team of the Year.

Sector Specific Category

This award is for small to medium-sized enterprises working in B2B or B2C environments, with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover not exceeding £40 million. We welcome entries from businesses that have delivered consistent growth and solid financial performance through great leadership, understanding the needs of their clients, and successfully engaging their employees.

Sector Specific Category

Organisations should enter this category if they offer banking or investment services (e.g. credit card companies and investment funds) or insurance policies of any kind. Entrants will demonstrate how they have raised standards and built trust with their clients over the past year.

Sector Specific Category

We welcome entries in this category from organisations supporting businesses with expert advice and specialist services for their clients. Relevant candidates offer tax and IT information, various forms of training, and business development support. Professional services play a vital role in improving productivity and sustaining growth across the economy, and we intend to recognise these accomplishments.

Discipline Specific Category

Sustainability is now top of the agenda: this award is for organisations taking meaningful steps to reduce their impact on the environment.

Discipline Specific Category

The internet has made remote working a reality - this award is for companies getting great results as remote businesses.

Discipline Specific Category

As companies and individuals look for greater flexibility, this award recognises companies providing exceptional co-working experiences.

Discipline Specific Category

This category is for individuals or organisations that have changed or transformed their business in a positive manner through a specific programme.

Discipline Specific Category

This is for companies delivering a customer-centric culture through employee engagement, customer experience, and developing other internal communications strategies and tactics. This isn’t just about priorities and values; it’s about the steps you take to place customers at the heart of what you do.

Discipline Specific Category

Businesses that have approached their problems creatively or with new perspectives should enter this category. Types of innovation include alteration, transformation, restructuring and remodelling - alongside wholesale revolutions in products and services.

Discipline Specific Category

Entries will be from businesses that have turned their sector on its head by harnessing new technologies, developing new business models, or utilising old technologies in innovative new ways.

Discipline Specific Category

This category is open to businesses that promote health and general well-being at work in a serious and responsible manner. With growing awareness of the negative impacts of stress in the workplace, judges will look for evidence of positive action towards stress management and innovative initiatives to promote well-being and reduce stress.

Discipline Specific Category

To win this category, your company must excel at attracting and retaining staff. If your organisation has created a rewarding, engaging and supportive network where employees feel trusted and valued, this is the award for you.

Discipline Specific Category

To be eligible for this category, your business must have started in the last four years (since 2016). You must have demonstrated a high level of entrepreneurship and vision to establish yourself in your marketplace.

People Specific Category

If you’re someone who has led a startup business that has focused on a market opportunity, developed a solid business model and delivered great results, you know who you are! This is a fantastic opportunity for your innovative ideas and practices to be recognised.

People Specific Category

This award is for a business leader who has galvanized the efforts of their staff, resulting in excitement and momentum within the business. Values typically promoted by inspirational leaders are respect, dignity and integrity, alongside innovation and personal development.

People Specific Category

This rewards teams whose togetherness and hard work has resulted in a significant positive impact on an organisation’s performance. Entering or winning this category is a great way to boost morale and celebrate outstanding teamwork.

Overall winner

The overall winner is the entry with the highest score out of all the finalists, using the scores awarded by the judges. 50% of the score is for the online submission and 50% for the live presentation.

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