This award is looking for a strong high street business that has a proven record of contributing towards the success of their street. The business will be an active member of their community and work to drive footfall to their business and neighbouring businesses. The award will recognize both long-standing businesses and younger businesses that are doing something exceptional with their premises.
Bricks and Clicks Award – Best multi-channel small business
This award celebrates small businesses that use multiple channels with innovation and skill to develop their business. Channels can include office or store, website, social media, mobile or trading platforms. The award is looking for businesses that demonstrate a flair for getting the most out of these channels. The judges will recognize in particular businesses that use their channels to work with and promote other small businesses.
Legacy Award – Best family business
This award recognises the unique characteristics, challenges and strengths of family run small businesses. The business will demonstrate involvement and contribution from family members as well as demonstrating business success over a period of time. The award is looking to celebrate unique stories from businesses that have worked as a team to achieve great things.
Supply Chain Champion – Best B2B business
This award recognises small businesses that are working within the business supply chain. Businesses will work with other businesses large and small, with particular credit to those businesses that include other small businesses in their supply chain. The award will recognise financial success in these businesses, as well as a strong history of customer engagement, relationship development and contribution to local small business eco-system.
Home And Away – Best exporting business
This award celebrates small businesses that have taken the step to export outside the UK. Businesses will demonstrate success in export and in building relationships with customers outside as well as inside the UK. The award will recognise businesses that have overcome hurdles in export, demonstrated a competitive position in other markets and show ambition to continue to grow their export business.
New Kid On The Block – Best business start-up (less than 18 months)
This award is for businesses that have started less than 18 months ago (from February 2017) and have demonstrated in that time considerable progress to grow and develop. The business will show progress in one or more of the following areas: product or service development, customer engagement or acquisition, marketing and sales process, cost or process management, team development. The award is looking for inspiring new businesses that will be seen as role models for other new businesses.
Digital Star – Best digital only business
This award recognises small businesses that operate only through digital channels. The business will not have a storefront, but use the internet to market, sell, and promote their product or service. The award will celebrate strong use of digital channels to engage customers, innovation in web design and functionality, and growth in audience over time. The business will demonstrate strong understanding of digital engagement and show how they have used this understanding to deliver for their customers.
Heart Of Gold – The business that contributes most to their community
This award recognises the small businesses that contribute a bit extra to their local community. The business will work with their community, other small businesses, local charities, schools, local councils or their local residents to achieve great things. The community can be defined geographically or by sector across the UK. This award is up for interpretation by the small businesses – the award will look for evidence of a heart of gold.
At Your Service – Best small service business
This award will celebrate the best small service businesses in the UK. The business will demonstrate a strong record of serving their target customer set. This can include B2B, such as communications or media, and direct to consumer businesses, such as restaurants, bars and hairdressers. The award will look for exceptional levels of service demonstrated with evidence of strong customer engagement.
Sole to Sole
This award will celebrate the best self employed small business owner.
This award will celebrate the best social enterprise business.
Small Business Of The Year Award
This overall award will recognise the best of the best. The winner will be selected from the shortlisted entries from the other categories. This business will show evidence of excellence in many areas of the business, to include: revenue growth, sales and marketing, product or service innovation, organisational behaviour and structure, staff management and development, cost management, stock and supply chain management, use of digital channels, social responsibility and supporting other small businesses.