The Small Awards take place in May, 2024 and will be a great event with small businesses, experts and luminaries coming together for a fantastic evening of awards and networking.
The awards process begins on December 1st, 2023 when small businesses will be invited to apply via this website. Award descriptions and guidance for applicants can be found here.
Entries close at midnight on February 29th, 2024. Judging will be done based on a number of criteria relevant to the specific award, whilst also looking for strong performance as an on-going business. The judges will be looking for evidences of strong community engagement from small businesses. Judging will be completed by the end of April, 2024.
All finalists will be invited to The Small Awards ceremony, a black-tie dinner, to hear all the Award winners announced live.
Best high street business
Best multi-channel small business
Best family business
Best B2B business
Best business start up (less than 18 months)
Best digital only business
The business that contributes most to their community
Best small service business
Best self employed small business owner
Best social enterprise business
The business that demonstrates exceptional commitment to environmental sustainability
Best overall small business
The Small Awards offers multiple media opportunities for all short listed small businesses in the run up to and post Awards.
Media outreach will be undertaken to regional and vertical media for all shortlisted businesses, as well as for the eventual winners, and case study-led feature pieces will be pitched into national broadsheet, SME and other business press.
This will include print, web and radio coverage across the UK.
The Small Awards are judged by some of the most well respected small business experts in the UK. Our judges are from the small business sector, entrepreneurs, investors, public sector and media.
Sponsors have the opportunity to be on the judging panel of their Award, giving them access to all award entrants.
Applications close and shortlisting
Award judging and finalist press launch
The Small Awards
Post Awards Press for winners and sponsors
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The Small Awards, launched in 2017, targets the whole small business sector focusing on businesses often overlooked by other awards. With 5.8 million small businesses in the UK, there are huge numbers of small businesses doing great things that may not be recognised by awards due to geography, scale or even awareness of the benefits such awards can bring. The Small Awards will change that by reaching out to a massive small business base that its management team have built up over many years working in the sector.
The Small Awards is run by Small Business Britain. Small Business Britain runs a number of national campaigns for small businesses, including Small Business Saturday. It has the reach, knowledge and access to be able to create a vibrant and exciting awards for both participants and sponsors.
The organisation's experience and contacts will enable engagement UK wide. The team have a world-class record of delivering PR and media coverage for both small businesses and campaign supporters.