Entry deadline: 5pm on Friday 10th July

Entry/Judging Criteria

Businesses must have a presence in London, the South East or the Home Counties and have had a turnover of £1m+ in the last financial year (a copy of the company’s most recent audited accounts is required with all entries). For entrepreneur awards, individuals must have founded or co-founded and currently lead, a business within the same criteria.

Awards for individuals

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 35 or under at time of entry)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year

These awards focus on the contribution of creative, dynamic and visionary leaders, those who epitomise the qualities of successful entrepreneurship – drive, ambition, vision and tenacity, to inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence. Winners must demonstrate significant levels of growth and financial performance and how they have achieved these through, for example, innovative culture, market awareness and operational efficiency. Judges will be looking for vision, effective leadership and significant growth or expansion. You should focus on achievements in these areas: strong commercial performance and financial results; potential and plan for sustained growth; innovation in products, services or processes; identification and development of market opportunities; customer engagement; ethical approach to business.

Awards for companies

For each industry sector, these awards will recognise outstanding business success over the last twelve months. Winners must demonstrate significant growth or expansion with judges recognising, for example, an outstanding increase in sales, profit, market share, headcount or geographical expansion, and sustained financial performance. Judges will be looking for evidence of achievement in any of these key areas:

  • Leadership, management and people – eg, development of future leaders within the business; significant improvement in commercial or operational performance by investing in people;
  • Technology and innovation – eg, optimisation of the web to achieve growth and strong financial performance, exceptional delivery, customer experience; innovations that have delivered competitive advantage or improved commercial performance;
  • Customer focus – eg, improvement of service excellence and the impact this has had on customer acquisition or retention; demonstration of the link between customer service and profit; innovation around customer experience; delivery of industry leading standards of service;
  • Internationalism – eg, achievement of high levels of growth from international sales or operations;
  • Sustainability, ethics and values – eg, embedding of business sustainability principles and practices across the organisation; projects that have positively impacted on society and the environment as well as the economy; organisational change to benefit customers and suppliers.

Business Services  
Creative Industries
Financial Services
Manufacturing & Engineering 
Retail & Property
Technology & Telecoms

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