The awards process began at the start of February 2017 when small businesses were invited to apply via this website. Award descriptions and guidance for applicants can be found here.
Entries closed at the end of March 2017 and applications have now been shortlisted by the small business experts from Peak b. Finalists in each category will now go on to be judged by the panel of experts. 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. Judging will be completed by the beginning of May.
All finalists will be invited to The Small Awards dinner in London as guests of the Award to hear the winners announced live.
The Small Awards will take place on May 25th in central London and will be a glittering black tie dinner and event with small businesses, experts and luminaries coming together for a fantastic evening of awards, networking, food, drink and music.
Best high street business
Best multi-channel small business
Best family business
Best B2B business
Best exporting 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
Supported by PRS for Music for best use of music in a small business
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 will be judged by some of the most well respected small business experts in the UK. Judges will be 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.
The final judging line up will be announced at the end of January 2017.
Launch of sponsor sales
Press Launch of The Small Awards; applications open
Applications close and shortlisting
Award judging and finalist press launch
The Small Awards, London
Post Awards Press for winners and sponsors
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The Small Awards is a new awards launching in 2017, targeted at the whole small business sector, focusing on businesses often overlooked by other awards. With 5.5 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 Peak b Ltd. Peak b runs a number of national campaigns for small businesses, including Small Business Saturday and Do It Digital. 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.