Listed below are 15 categories to enter; we’ve got something for everyone! If you think your business has got what it takes, read the criteria thoroughly and send us your entry.
All companies must fulfil the following general criteria for entry as well as the specific category criteria:
- Have started to trade no earlier than 1 August 2011.
- Be ‘independently owned’. This is defined as a business which is substantially owned by its founders and/or a group of independent investors, is not quoted on AIM or any other stock market; and is not a subsidiary or associated company of another business.
- Be UK based.
This category is chosen by the judges as the best of all our other winners; you can’t apply for it directly.
This category is looking for a franchisee who has started in the last three years and has already exceeded targets & delighted customers, doing the franchise brand proud in the process.
This award is to recognise the best of the many home-based businesses. You don’t need to be running a big business, just to be running a successful business which customers love – whether you do it on a freelance basis with a strong roster of clients or body of work to show for it, sell cupcakes, publish videos on YouTube, sell apps or have even self-published ebooks.
We all know that mums are special. So many mums are now somehow finding the time to start a business on top of all the other things they do that we thought it right to recognise how great some of these businesses are. The winner of this award will be a mum who has started a fabulous business while juggling the demands of work and home life.
This award is for a new business which produces exciting and tangible products (doesn’t necessarily have to manufacture the product) with great potential. Examples might be food or cosmetics products, toys, gadgets, furniture, clothing, or even something cooked up in a lab.
This award is for a fabulous new business operating in a service sector, such as architect, design, law or accountancy firm, therapists, engineers, gardening or catering businesses… if your firm sells a service rather than physical products, this is the category for you. And to clear up some potential confusion about what we’re after here, the quality of the service offered to customers is as important as with any other category, but no more so—a better business with decent service will beat an average business with great service.
Venture capitalists invest in young companies with enormous potential. This award is for young businesses which have raised money from investors and can already demonstrate signs of achieving real greatness.
Even now more businesses are started by men than by women – so we want to make a special point of celebrating the great businesses being started by women! Some top entrepreneurs the UK has produced are female, from the late Dame Anita Roddick to The White Company’s Chrissie Rucker. If you’re a founder or co-founder of a fabulous new business, apply here and inspire more women to start new businesses.
If you were under 30 years old when your business started trading and your business is successful, you’ve already accomplished a great deal – and we want to help celebrate your success. Whatever type of business you started; tell us how great it is!