Businesses urged to enter National Business Awards
The region's smaller businesses have been urged to enter the National Business Awards' Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking.
The award recognises companies that have maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance. Entrants will be asked to demonstrate a clear understanding of their customers, full buy-in from staff, and how they have delivered on core strategic objectives.
Open to all organisations with no more than £25 million turnover in their last financial year, this award will go to the company that best demonstrates the following:
An established market position
Significant growth or expansion
Potential for sustained growth
Innovation in products, services or processes
Customer and staff engagement
Effective leadership and management
An ethical approach to business
Strong business results
Marcelino Castrillo, Head of SME at Santander UK, said: "Small and medium sized businesses are the drivers of the UK economy, and the National Business Awards are an excellent opportunity to recognise the innovation, flexibility and hard work of these companies. I would urge companies to enter these prestigous awards to celebrate the success of British businesses."
Now entering its eleventh year, the National Business Awards recognises the best performing organisations in the public, private and third sectors - from thriving SMEs, dynamic entrepreneurs and enterprising charities to FTSE 100 businesses.
Across 17 categories (full list below), this annual awards programme recognises excellence in seven core areas - growth, innovation, staff engagement, customer focus, leadership, ethics and financial performance.
Caroline Jackson Levy, CEO UBM, the company that owns the National Business Awards said: "The National Business Awards is the UK's most prestigious independent business awards, open to businesses of all sizes. We're delighted to have Santander on board aligning with the SME category - raising the profile of these businesses in the UK."
To submit an entry for the National Business Awards visit nationalbusinessawards.co.uk.
Finalists will be announced on the 2nd August 2012 and winners will be honoured at the National Business Awards gala dinner and dinner and awards ceremony in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Tuesday 13th November.