Best New Product of the Year

Celebrating UK businesses who have launched a product or service that has contributed to their organisational growth. The product must have been launched after April 2018 and have contributed to the size of the team and in the bottom line.

The judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of growth in sales and revenue for this product
  • Scalability of product and/or sales
  • Impact on overall business
  • Examples of marketing strategy
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Creative Industries Business of the Year

Celebrating innovation and excellence in creative industries businesses - including fashion, advertising, design, film, TV, publishing, music and art. This award recognises exceptional market leading, high-growth, and innovative creative businesses that have significant potential to continue to scale.

The judges are 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
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“Imagineer has demonstrated clear vision and ambition, according to the judges. It is a business with global impact, that has innovation and creativity at its very heart.”

Customer Experience and Loyalty Award

Recognising businesses that have grown by attracting and retaining a loyal customer base. This award recognises UK businesses who deliver a consistent level of exceptional customer experience that impacts on the commercial performance and growth of their business.

The judges are looking for:

  • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Evidence of customer loyalty

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Employer of the Year

Recognising 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 had a positive impact on company growth.

The judges are looking for:

  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Demonstrable positive impact of your employee strategy on business success and growth
  • Excellence in people management, staff remuneration and workforce motivation
  • Recruitment and retention strategies

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“Oodle Finance is truly authentic and bravely honest, said the judges. Its values are driven from the top but embedded at all levels. The company is also working hard to address the gender pay gap.”

Entrepreneur of the Year

Our biggest individual accolade. 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.

The judges are looking for:

  • Strong track record of commercial success (in current and/or previous businesses)
  • Evidence of the creation of a major scalable 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

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“The only female CEO in a male dominated industry, Jacqueline is a unique individual who is a real influencer in her sector, said the judges. She is a passionate investor in people and is building sustainable business growth with clarity on value over price.”

Family-Owned Business of the Year

Recognising world class family-owned UK companies that continuously exhibit exceptional growth. We are looking for commercial organisations in which decision-making is influenced by multiple generations of a family. Please note that to be eligible the business must be majority owned by the family.

The judges are 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

Examples of quality customer engagement

Product/service innovation

Benefits of keeping the business family-owned

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“Beckleberry’s has successfully broken into tough markets while retaining its brand and family values, the judges said. It is a great second-generation business that is passionate about its products.”

Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £60m+)

Recognising world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover of £60m+ in their last financial year. Successful growing businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

The judges are 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
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation

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Growing Business of the Year: Mid-Sized Company of the Year (£45m - £60m)

Recognising world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover of £45m-£60m in their last financial year. Successful growing businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

The judges are 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
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
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Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover £25m-£45m)

Recognising world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover of £25m-£45m in their last financial year. Successful growing businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

The judges are 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
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
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The Santander Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m)

Recognising world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover of £10m-£25m in their last financial year. Successful growing businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

The judges are 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
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“You Garden has an impressive ROI strategy across all areas of the business, according to the judges. The company also pays meticulous attention to delivering a difficult product over multiple channels.”

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

Recognising world class, privately-owned UK companies with turnover up to £10m in their last financial year. Successful growing businesses are extraordinarily important to the UK economy, driving innovation, creating wealth and thousands of new jobs.

The judges are 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
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“With an innovative product, based on science, Advance Grass Solutions has built an impressive roster of high-profile clients in a competitive landscape, the judges said. It impressed on both quality and growth.”

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.

The judges are looking for:

  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Demonstrable understanding of the competitive landscape of your sector/industry and its impact on your implementation of innovative processes and thinking
  • Positive commercial outcomes innovation has had on your business
  • How innovation remains a key driver of your business strategy and capacity for growth
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

“disguise is changing the way we view content through amazing visual presentations, the judges said. The company is streamlining set builds while reducing costs and failure rates.”

Market Disruptor of the Year

Recognising businesses who have identified a market opportunity and built a strategy that has altered customer behaviours. The business will have brought change and disrupted the status-quo whilst maintaining consistent growth.

The judges are looking for:

  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Scale of market opportunity identified pre-launch
  • Strategy behind the development of your product
  • Disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace

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Micro Business of the Year

Recognising business with ten or fewer staff. This award celebrates small teams of exceptional quality who are punching above their weight.

The judges are looking for:

  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
  • Evidence of the benefits of a small workforce

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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.

The judges are looking for:

  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Evidence of an original online solution to a sector, market challenge or requirement
  • Examples of building brand awareness
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

PensionBee is ahead of the curve, said the judges. The company is also highly aware of its social responsibility to grow sustainably and maintain a high level of service and innovation.”

The Bridges Positive Impact Award

Recognising successful businesses driving positive change for people and/or the planet. This award celebrates companies who are driving positive change for the people or the planet.

The judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of driving positive change for people and/or the planet
  • Growth and financial success, in addition to delivering social and environmental benefit
  • Scalability of the business while maintaining ethical, positive impact best practice
  • Product/service innovation
  • Market leadership (in the UK and, if applicable, internationally)
  • Examples of quality customer engagement

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

Re:Cognition Health is breaking new ground in the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries, said the judges. It is addressing a large and growing societal issue that causes huge distress and is expanding impressively across the UK and into the US.”

The ECI Partners B2B Business of the Year

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

The judges are looking for:

  • 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.

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

Corndel has an ambitious and high calibre management team with a clear vision for the future of the business, the judges said. It also has a track record of strong, profitable growth, with significant opportunities to grow further.

The ECI Partners Consumer Business of the Year 

Recognising outstanding growing businesses in the consumer sector. This award identifies exciting high-growth and innovative businesses within the consumer sector that have the potential to continue to scale.

The judges are looking for:

  • 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

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

Housekeep is providing an innovative solution that drives real value for both clients and cleaners, said the judges. It is making great strides in a massive and fragmented market.

The Santander Technology Business of the Year

Celebrating businesses that have either developed a technology product to sell or businesses that have used technology solutions to disrupt an existing market.

This award 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.

The judges are looking for:

  • Consistent, profitable growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace by developing technology solutions
  • Product/service innovation
  • Strategy behind the development of your technology
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

Captify is generating fantastic returns for shareholders on limited start-up capital, said the judges. It has innovative, proprietary technology, in house, and has demonstrated strong international growth.

Turnaround Business of the Year

Recognising UK businesses which have recovered after a period of uncertainty. New for 2020, this award will look at how business operations were implemented, including the introduction of policies and processes that have had a direct impact on increasing cash flow and building a strong management team.

The judges are looking for:

  • Evidence of implemented turnaround strategy
  • Profitable growth
  • Future strategy and scale of vision for the company’s development
  • Examples of workforce motivation and engagement
  • Building a customer base
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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 2015) which are changing/disrupting their industry and are on track to be significant players in the future.

The judges are looking for:

  • Scale of market opportunity identified pre-launch
  • Exceeding of projected success and growth
  • Scalability of business
  • Positive or disruptive impact on industry/sector/marketplace
  • Examples of quality customer engagement
  • Product/service innovation
  • Future strategy and scale of vision for the company’s development

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2019 Winner

The judges said:

The Goat Agency is on an exceptional growth trajectory across three continents, said the judges. It has already established itself as a pioneer in a marketing channel which may end up reformatting the budget mix for old and new brands

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Recognising the dynamic next generation of entrepreneurs, this award has been the launchpad for many of the UK’s finest talent. This award accepts submissions from those aged 35 or under as of 25 November 2020.

The judges are looking for:

  • Strong track record of commercial success (in current and/or previous businesses)
  • Evidence of building a scalable business or brand
  • Outstanding personal ambition and vision
  • Evidence of strong and positive leadership
  • Examples of impacting your industry
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2019 Winner

The judges said:

Suleman Sacranie is a hugely inspiring and incredibly driven leader, according to the judges. His latest venture is highly innovative and has the potential to revolutionise the healthcare market

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