The Small Awards

The Awards

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.

The Categories

High Street Hero

Best high street business

Bricks and Clicks Award

Best multi-channel small business

Legacy Award

Best family business

Supply Chain Champion

Best B2B business

Home And Away

Best exporting business

New Kid On The Block

Best business start up (less than 18 months)

Digital Star

Best digital only business

Heart Of Gold

The business that contributes most to their community

At Your Service

Best small service business

The Beat Goes On

Supported by PRS for Music for best use of music in a small business

Small Business of the Year Award

Best overall small business

Award descriptions and guidance

The Media

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 Judging Panel

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.

You can read all about final judging line here.

The Timeline

October 2016

Launch of sponsor sales

February 2017

Press Launch of The Small Awards; applications open

March 2017

Applications close and shortlisting

April 2017

Award judging and finalist press launch

May 25th 2017

The Small Awards, London

May / June 2017

Post Awards Press for winners and sponsors

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The Organisation

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.

Our Sponsors


Facebook are the headline sponsor of The Small Awards.


Indeed are sponsoring our Digital Star Award.

Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans are sponsoring our Supply Chain Champion award.

PRS for Music

PRS for Music are sponsoring our The Beat Goes On Award.


Sage are sponsoring our High Street Hero Award.