The Growing Business Awards is on the hunt for the UK’s most exciting and entrepreneurial growing businesses which are helping drive economic recovery.
The Awards, in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, are billed as the most established and respected national recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success, championing businesses in sectors such as exports, innovation and digital.
Since 1999, the Awards have celebrated many of the UK’s finest high-growth businesses, including now-household names such as Innocent, Tyrrells, EasyJet, Phones 4U, Zoopla and LoveFilm, which was acquired by Amazon in 2013.
This year sees the launch of two categories. Retail Hero will recognise outstanding growing businesses from e-commerce to the high street, and Brand Builder of the Year will celebrate the UK’s most recognisable new household names.
The judges for this year’s awards include Zoopla CEO and founder Alex Chesterman, serial entrepreneurs Dr Stephen Fear and Lara Morgan, and Martyn Dawes, the founder of Coffee Nation.
Tim Hinton, managing director, SME & mid markets at Lloyds Bank, commented: “It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur in the UK. Signs of economic growth illustrate that SMEs and entrepreneurs are beginning to benefit from innovating and investing in a range of different sectors. We would like to encourage a wide range of entrants from across the UK that are fuelling domestic and international growth.”
CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall said: “With confidence rising and businesses investing, we now have a strong launchpad to propel the economy forward. The UK’s growing businesses are playing a critical role in keeping our economy motoring. These entrepreneurial firms are our future champion companies, and the CBI is proud to celebrate their successes and to support these awards.”
Nominations are open now and will close on September 19. For more information and to submit your free nomination, visit www.gba.realbusiness.co.uk. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on November 25.