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Business Growth Award

Sponsored by

blakemorgan

This award recognises a business which, through outstanding vision and leadership, has achieved significant and sustained growth. Entries are open to profitable businesses that can demonstrate substantial bottom line growth over a two-year period. 

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region.

SME Business of the Year

Sponsored by

UOS

(Turnover under £5 million)

This award recognises a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in all aspects of their organisation. The business will illustrate strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region with an annual turnover of under £5 million. 

Large Business of the Year

(Turnover over £5 million)

This award recognises a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in all aspects of their organisation. The business will illustrate strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region with an annual turnover of over £5 million. 

Businessperson of the Year

This award recognises an individual who stands out from the crowd, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them.

Eligibility - entry is open to any businessperson with an office based in the Central South region. Nominations for this award can be from the entrant themselves or a third party.

International Business of the Year

This award recognises a business based in, or conducting much of its overseas business from, an operational base in the Central South region. The company should demonstrate healthy import/export activity and good trading relationship with any country outside of the UK.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region.

Sustainable Business of the Year

This award recognises a business that has gone ‘above and beyond’ in bringing about sustainable change within its organisation. 

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region.

Professional Services Award

This award recognises excellence in a regulated sector with management under-pinned by a strong financial performance and adherence to a professional code of conduct. This category covers a wide range of professional services including legal, financial, recruitment and consultancies.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region. 

Employer of the Year

This award recognises a business that has created a healthy and supportive work environment with a genuine commitment to the wellbeing of its employees.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region.

Business Innovation of the Year

This award recognises a business that has made significant strides in their field, be it developing a new product or by introducing a new process or system to an existing business.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region.

Best Customer Service Award

This award recognises a business that exceeds customer expectations in all areas of the business by providing the very highest level of customer service.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region.

Start-up of the Year

This award recognises a business with entrepreneurial aptitude, vision, ambition, drive and commercial acumen to build a successful enterprise from start-up.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region. The business must have started to trade no earlier than March 2019 and no later than October 2021.

Future Talent of the Year

This award recognises a young professional aged between 18-30 who has achieved a level of business success that defies their age. Their story will demonstrate tenacity, determination and will be known by peers/mentors as 'one to watch'.

Eligibility - this category is open to an individual aged 30 or under before March 31st 2022 and working for a business based in the Central South region. Nominations for this award can be from the entrant themselves or a third party.

Construction Project of the Year

This award recognises excellence in a construction project in the Central South region. The business will demonstrate a high standard of work, sustainability, adherence to budget and client satisfaction in a healthy and safe working environment.

Eligibility - entry is open to any project built in the Central South region and completed between March 2021 and July 2022. 

Contribution to the Skills Agenda

This award celebrates the very best employers and apprenticeship champions in the region. The judges are looking for proactive employers who can demonstrate how they have delivered an exemplary apprenticeship programme that has benefited their organisation and individual apprentices.

Eligibility - entry is open to any business with an office based in the Central South region. 

Company of the Year

The winner of this award will be selected from the finalists in all the other categories. This Award will be judged by the sponsor and recognises a business they feel stands out as an inspiration to other businesses.