Scotland’s smaller businesses are 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 Scottish 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 www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk. To find out more about the award itself or any other category, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to one of the National Business Awards team directly by calling +44 (0) 20 7234 8755.
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.
Chamber member, Iain Summers from Santander, can be reached on 07884 113838 if you’ve any other questions regarding the above.
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information.
Categories for 2012
For information about the criteria for any of the following award categories, visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk/Content/Award-Categories/2/
• Santander Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise of the Year
• Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
• Start-up Business of the Year
• ICAEW Sustainability Award
• Orange Innovation Award
• 3i International Growth Business of the Year
• Small Online Business of the Year
• Ecommerce Strategy of the Year
• Business Enabler of the Year
• Non-Executive Director of the Year
• Huawei Customer Focus Award
• Croner Employer of the Year
• BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
• Coutts & Co FTSE 100 Business of the Year
• Transformational Change of the Year
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• Orange Leader of the Year