Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year

This award celebrates organisations that have diversity and inclusion at the heart of their business and values, embracing the benefits of a truly diverse workforce. Their strategy offer opportunities for employees with different backgrounds and abilities to thrive and utilise opportunities which would not have existed before. 



Open to any UK-based company who have implemented a diversity and inclusion strategy that has contributed to growth. 



The judges will look at why the strategy was implemented and how it is linked to a broader business strategy, looking for excellence in the below:

  • Communication, employee engagement and accountability
  • Creation of internal champions
  • Implementation of strategy, including a clear outline of metrics used
  • The link to the wider company strategy
  • Demonstration of corporate ethos and positive impact on company culture
  • How diversity and inclusion has been core to your business growth
Enter now

Marketing Campaign of the Year

New for 2019, this award recognises exceptional B2B or B2C marketing campaigns that have delivered results and demonstrated innovative thinking to achieve the required outcome. The Growing Business Awards judges will be looking for creative campaigns and welcome any supporting material you think would help with your submission.

Judges will be looking not at the size of the budget, but at specific criteria including:

  • Marketing objectives
  • Understanding of the audience needs
  • Strategy and approach
  • Description of the campaign
  • Demonstration of ROI and how it’s been measured
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The Santander Technology Business of the Year

New for 2019, this award celebrates businesses that have either developed a technology product to sell or businesses that have used technology solutions to disrupt an existing market.

This category recognises companies that make use of - for example - AI, robotics, CRM or automation to grow their business or disrupt an already competitive market. They have either implemented technology in their business or have created technology software which has improved the performance of a multitude of businesses.

Open to UK-based companies who have developed innovative technology solutions to grow their business and impact a sector/marketplace.

We’re asking you to show how your business is world class by demonstrating the below:

    • Scalability of business, demonstrated by strong growth in revenue/ profits
    • Sustainability of the business model
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace by developing technology solutions
    • Superior customer engagement and service
    • Product/service innovation
    • Strategy behind your development of technology
    Enter now

    Employer of the Year

    The new Employer of the Year category is designed to celebrate companies who prioritise their team and use this as a tool for organisational growth. This award looks at how you invest in your people and how it has a positive impact on company growth

    Open to any UK-based company that has embraced their employee strategy and has used it to grow their business over the last year. We’re asking you to show how your business is leading in terms of employee engagement.

    Judges will be looking for demonstrable excellence in the following categories:

    • Engaging your staff to achieve results
    • Recruitment and retention strategies
    • Inspiring leadership and management
    • Implementing employee development and training strategies
    • Demonstrable positive impact of your employee strategy on business success and growth
    • Implementing open communication channels for employee feedback
    • Measuring the effectiveness of your HR activities
    • Providing an open and inclusive work environment
    • Excellence in people management, staff remuneration and workforce motivation
    Enter now

    The Data Excellence Award

    With data at the forefront of every successful company and campaign, this new accolade – launching for the 2019 awards - is a great way for UK based companies to showcase their success using innovative and disruptive processes in the data excellence world.

    This award highlights data excellence and takes into account:

    • Processes used to maintain data excellence within your organisation
    • Examples of innovation within your data gathering, collation and utilisation processes
    • Examples of how data excellence has resulted in business growth
    • Demonstration of five measures you have put in place following GDPR
    Enter now

    The Bridges Positive Impact Award

    Recognising successful businesses driving positive change for people and/or the planet. The Growing Business Awards judges will be looking for companies who hold their ESG and CSR practices at the heart of their business.

    Open to all UK based businesses who can demonstrate excellence in the below:

    • In what ways does your business drive positive change for people and/or the planet?
    • How has your business exhibited growth and financial success, in addition to delivering social and environmental benefit?
    • Scalability of the business while maintaining ethical, positive impact best practice
    • Product and service innovation
    • Market leadership
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Showing impressive tenacity, Bambino Mio has become a sustainable consumer champion reaching a new generation of socially aware parents. Based on a vision born 20 years ago, today this is a company that truly deserves to receive this important award.

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    Recognising the dynamic next generation of entrepreneurs, this award has been the launchpad for many of UK’s finest young entrepreneurs. This award accepts submissions from those aged 30 or under on 27 November 2019.

    Judges will be looking for outstanding achievement in the below categories:

    • Track record of entrepreneurial achievement (in current and/or previous businesses)
    • Strong financial performance in current business
    • Evidence that you’re building a scalable business or brand
    • Innovation in your technology, product, service or sector
    • Outstanding personal ambition and vision
    • Positive personal leadership of your business and workforce
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Antony Woodcock has a track record of launching businesses that continue to grow. With his latest venture, he has demonstrated strategic leadership, an understanding of his customer base and impressive growth. He has also showed genuine thought leadership in campaigning for gig workers.

    Young Company of the Year

    Recognising the new businesses who are rejuvenating the UK’s economy, this award recognises first-class new companies (that have been trading after April 2014) which are changing/disrupting their industry and are on track to be significant players in the future.

    Open to all young businesses demonstrating exceptional success by meeting the below criteria:

    • Scale of market opportunity identified pre-launch
    • Exceeding of projected success and growth
    • Demonstration of commercial success of the company so far, including but not limited to:
      • EBITDA
      • Funds raised
      • Orders won
    • Exceptional market engagement and quality of customer service as demonstrated through testimonials, reviews and similar
    • Innovation in product and service
    • How is the business disrupting its sector and challenging traditional assumptions?
    • Future strategy and scale of vision for the company’s development
    • Outline of potential for international expansion and scalability
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    With great vision and ambition, adventure travel business Flash Pack hasn’t taken market share, it has created a completely new market. This is a mission-led company that has built a meaningful connection through adventure. Flash Pack is really going places.

    The Triumph over Adversity Award 

    Recognising businesses and individuals that have overcome personal and/or professional difficulties, and are back on track to achieving growth. The Growing Business Awards judges will be looking to hear from management teams and individuals who have shown resilience in the face of adversity, and rebuilt their business or established a new one.

    · Details of difficulties faced and overcome

    · Details of turnaround or growth strategy

    · Evidence of restored growth or a successful new venture

    · Strong and positive leadership of your business and workforce

    · Outstanding personal ambition and vision

    Enter now

    2017 Winner

    The judges said:

    AM Marketing founders Amy and Bradley McManus, have shown immense courage in the face of real suffering. They have used this adversity to build strong business foundations and to create a company with a set of values that will propel them into the future.

    Rural Business of the Year 

    Recognising outstanding and innovative growing businesses based in rural areas. The award celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of rural businesses - from poultry farming to Kelvin Probe Technology - our category is open to all business who not only survive but thrive in rural environments.

    Judges will be looking for demonstrable excellence in the below:

    • Evidence of outperformance of the market
    • Evidence of meeting and exceeding customer demands
    • Evidence of innovation
    • Evidence of growth
    • Evidence of benefits to local area
    • Demonstration of growth despite rural constraints
    • Evidence of why rural location is better than an urban one
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Poultry farmers LJ Fairburn & Son have demonstrated genuine innovation in an industry that has been around for hundreds of years. The family owners have shown a huge personal and financial commitment with a brave business plan and strong leadership.

    Innovator of the Year

    Celebrating genuine innovation in all aspects of business. From unusual management strategies and disruptive business models, to ground-breaking product design and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, this award recognises companies that have challenged conventional thinking in their market or industry and seen positive commercial results.

    Open to all UK based companies demonstrating outstanding achievement in the below:

    • Demonstrable understanding of the competitive landscape of your sector/industry and its impact on your implementation of innovative processes and thinking
    • Outline the key steps in your innovation-led response
    • Specify the positive commercial outcomes innovation/disruption has had on your business
    • Demonstrate how innovation remains a key driver of your business strategy
    • Explain how innovation has increased your capacity for growth
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    JustPark’s pioneering technology and continued investment into machine learning is helping to solve an everyday, but escalating problem. The company’s commercial success over the past year shows a growing business that is clearly worthy of this award.

    Creative Industries Business of the Year

    Celebrating innovation and excellence in creative industries businesses - including fashion, advertising, design, film, TV, publishing, music and art. The Creative Industries Business of the Year Award recognises exceptional market leading, high-growth, and innovative creative industries businesses that have significant potential to continue to scale.

    Judges will be looking for:

    • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
    • Consistent, profitable growth
    • Scalability of business
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
    • Undeniable customer engagement
    • Product/service innovation
    • Evidence of best practice in customer service
    • Excellence in people management and workforce motivation
    • Commitment to sustainability and local community
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    After agonising over a strong shortlist, Buffalo 7 claimed the top spot with a creative and innovative approach to brand storytelling that provides tangible benefits to clients. A truly worthy winner.

    Export Champion of the Year

    Celebrating UK companies succeeding in the international marketplace, the Export Champion of the Year Award honours UK companies expanding or launching operations overseas. In particular, this award recognises firms whose recent international achievements inspire other UK companies to trade internationally.

    Open to all UK based companies demonstrating successful expansion or launching of operations overseas. Judges are looking for demonstrable excellence in the below key areas:

    • Understanding of target market/s for recent overseas launch/expansion and reasons for selecting them. Please highlight any third-party research, advice and assistance used to support the expansion plans
    • Recent specific international initiative undertaken and strategy behind it
    • Major inhibitors facing the company in international launch/expansion, and how they were overcome. Please specify, if relevant, particularly challenging markets targeted
    • Evidence of innovation in export strategy, including but not limited to:
      • Use of technology
      • Implementation of successful international staffing strategy
      • Working with national and international partners to facilitate expansion
      • Evidence of positive sales, market share performance and customer feedback
      • Demonstrable positive impact of recent increase in international revenue on the company’s overall performance

    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Tidy Tot is an SME with an ambitious international focus and a strong vision for export growth. The CEO has a clear view of the business priorities for expansion abroad and a strong sense of barriers and opportunities in different markets. We loved her energetic and passionate approach to international expansion.

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Our biggest individual accolade, presented to a very special entrepreneur. Candidates can be long-standing, established entrepreneurs with a track record of business success and excellence; or newer entrepreneurs who are challenging industry norms and demonstrating exceptional achievement.

    Entrepreneurs should ensure they meet the below criteria:

    • Strong track record of commercial success (in current and/or previous businesses)
    • Evidence of the creation of a major scaleable business or brand
    • Outstanding personal ambition and vision
    • Strong and positive leadership of your business and workforce
    • Demonstrable impact on your industry, either as a disruptor or in setting high standards over a longer period
    • Setting and driving a positive agenda of business-growth, success best practice, including but not limited to
      • Fostering positive public understanding of entrepreneurship
      • Demonstrating positive impact through CSR, ESG and charitable activities
      • Displaying a positive impact on the local community
      • Demonstrating an impact on international markets and furthering of UK economic growth
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Dr Graeme Malcolm has a rare level of deep scientific expertise combined with exceptional business acumen and leadership. The work he is doing at M Squared is producing multiple societal and business benefits and the company is also showing huge revenue growth. He is an incredible innovator and entrepreneur.

    Family-Owned Business of the Year

    This award recognises world class family-owned UK companies that continuously exhibit exceptional growth.

    Open to all UK based family-owned businesses demonstrating exceptional achievement in the below:

    • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
    • Consistent, profitable growth
    • Scalability of business
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
    • Undeniable customer engagement
    • Product/service innovation
    • Evidence of best practice in customer service
    • Excellence in people management and workforce motivation
    • Commitment to sustainability and local community
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Food Attraction has taken on an established and highly competitive industry, ramping up whilst remaining true to its values. They are making big leaps by balancing the artisanal product whilst upscaling production. The dream is for us all to #EatStreet.

    Online Business of the Year

    Highlighting UK online businesses who are disrupting their markets and creating new markets maintaining their business entirely online. This award recognises those challenging traditional industry and business practices, building a successful business through this disruptive activity, and acting as a champion for the new online economy.

    Judges will be looking for those demonstrating exceptional achievement in the below areas:

    • How have you provided an original online solution to a sector, market challenge or requirement?
    • A demonstrable long-term commitment to online innovation, and to building a sustainable business
    • Impact and influence of the business and its key individuals in shaping and changing attitudes towards its market and the UK economy.
    • Outline your indicators of success, including but not limited to:
      • Consumer uptake
      • Facilitation of improvement or change to the working of the market
      • Demonstrable increase in business revenue and performance
      • Successful raising of brand awareness and building of influence

    Enter now

    The ECI Partners Consumer Business of the Year 

    Recognising outstanding growing businesses in the consumer sector.

    The Consumer Business of the Year Award identifies exciting high-growth and innovative businesses within the Consumer sector that have the potential to continue to scale.

    Open to all Consumer organisations who are able to demonstrate their business is world class by meeting the below criteria:

    • Customer proposition international expansion, new products/service lines, new end markets, increased market penetration)
    • Financial track record – strong and consistent top line and profit growth
    • Product – with reference to the market in which you operate, what is it that you are you doing differently in relation to your product or customer proposition
    • Brand – the role of branding in your business model
    • Route to market – how does your service and/or delivery model give you a competitive edge
    • Capacity for further growth – how scalable is your business? What are the means by which you are planning to drive future growth? (e.g. international expansion, new products/service lines, new end markets, increased market penetration)
    • Sustainability and the importance of CSR within your business
    • Technology – Comment on the role of technology in your business as a driver
    • People management – evidence of a high performance culture, employee engagement, strong employee retention
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Kiddylicious has grown strongly in the UK and internationally, delivering fantastic innovation to effectively create a new category. In a highly competitive category, this company really shone

    The ECI Partners B2B Business of the Year

    Celebrating innovation and excellence in growing B2B businesses. The B2B Business of the Year award recognises exceptional market leading, high growth, and innovative B2B businesses that have significant potential to continue to scale.

    Open to all B2B organisations who are able to demonstrate their business is world class by meeting the below criteria:

    • Financial track record - strong and consistent top line growth and profitability
    • Customer base - growth in the number of unique customers and/or revenue per customer, strong customer retention rates, long term contracts, growing market share and high customer satisfaction (NPS scores)
    • Innovation - with reference to the market in which you operate, what is it that you are doing differently - in relation to your product offering, service and/or delivery model - that gives you a competitive edge (e.g. use of proprietary technology)?
    • Capacity for further growth – How scalable is your business? What are the means by which you are planning to drive future growth? (e.g. international expansion, new products/service lines, new end markets, increased market penetration)
    • Sustainability and the importance of CSR within your business
    • People management - evidence of a high-performance culture, employee engagement, strong employee retention.
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Booking software business eviivo has just started on a journey with huge potential. The company has demonstrated organic and acquisitive growth, at home and overseas. This is a scaleable business with a vast addressable market.

    Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover up to £10m)

    High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover up to £10m. Successful SME businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

    Open to any UK-based company with turnover of up to £10m in their last financial year.

    We’re asking you to show why your business is world class by demonstrating the below:

    • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
    • Consistent, profitable growth
    • Scalability of business
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
    • Undeniable customer engagement
    • Product/service innovation
    • Evidence of best practice in customer service
    • Excellence in people management and workforce motivation
    • Commitment to sustainability and local community
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    TrustedHousesitters demonstrates an impressive use of the sharing economy – building huge levels of trust equity amongst its customer base. We loved the strong vision of the company based purely on solving a consumer challenge.

    The Santander Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m)

    High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover between £10m-£25m. Successful SME businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

    Open to any UK-based company with turnover of £10m-£25m in their last financial year.

    We’re asking you to show why your business is world class by demonstrating the below:

    • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
    • Consistent, profitable growth
    • Scalability of business
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
    • Undeniable customer engagement
    • Product/service innovation
    • Evidence of best practice in customer service
    • Excellence in people management and workforce motivation
    • Commitment to sustainability and local community
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    From its origins in a garden shed, the underfloor heating store has remained true to its vision of making it easy to buy underfloor heating while doing some good along the way. This is a truly inspiring growth story.

    Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover £25m-£50m)

    High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover between £25m-£50m. Successful SME businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

    Open to any UK-based company with turnover of £25m-£50m in their last financial year.

    We’re asking you to show why your business is world class by demonstrating the below:

    • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
    • Consistent, profitable growth
    • Scalability of business
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
    • Undeniable customer engagement
    • Product/service innovation
    • Evidence of best practice in customer service
    • Excellence in people management and workforce motivation
    • Commitment to sustainability and local community
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    This company has had a huge impact on individual people, local communities, right up to managing government relations. The innovative way in which the Pharmacy2U team has embraced technology to benefit society is an achievement to be celebrated

    Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+)

    High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover of £50m+. Successful SME businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

    Open to any privately-owned UK-based company with turnover of £50m+ in their last financial year.

    We’re asking you to show why your business is world class by demonstrating the below:

    • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
    • Consistent, profitable growth
    • Scalability of business
    • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
    • Undeniable customer engagement
    • Product/service innovation
    • Evidence of best practice in customer service
    • Excellence in people management and workforce motivation
    • Commitment to sustainability and local community
    Enter now

    2018 Winner

    The judges said:

    Based on a strong tech platform, Travel Counsellors has a differentiated, go-to-market, model that is disrupting established players. Strong growth is based on delivering excellent customer service in every interaction. A passion for trust and relationships is at the heart of this great business.

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