Entries have opened for the 19th Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, the flagship awards programme celebrating and rewarding excellence among UK businesses, organisations and individuals across all sectors.
Everyone from entrepreneurs and start-ups, to global corporates are invited to enter for the chance for their efforts to be celebrated at a gala ceremony in November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Awards Director Sarah Austin explained: “With 15 categories, the awards allow any successful organisation to tell their story, from large private and public companies to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups and established SMEs.
“When it comes to business recognition, the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are the ones to win.”
She added: “All companies within the UK, whether public, private or third sector, are welcome — indeed, positively encouraged — to enter this year’s awards programme, regardless of size, location or industry sector.
In fact, it is the diversity and range of our applicants, finalists and winners that makes this programme such a very special celebration of UK business.
“Winning a Lloyds Bank National Business Award comes with significant business benefits, including increased brand awareness and reputation among customers and partners, valuable insight into best practice and employee recognition and retention.” Last year’s winners included Dr Nik Kotecha, CEO, of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, the heating and cooling equipment maker Aggreko and the equestrian fashion brand Aztec Diamond’s CEO Jordan McCabe (above left) who picked up a Young Entrepreneur Award.
Other previous winners include Timpson CEO James Timpson, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Carolyn McCall and Moya Greene (former CEOs of Virgin Money, easyJet and Royal Mail, respectively).
Businesses can enter any of 14 categories, which focus on achievements made over the past 18 months. The award categories are:
A final 15th award is for The Leader of the Year. The highest accolade in the National Business Awards programme, this award recognises the personal impact of the UK’s most high-profile leader on the culture and success of their organisation.
Five CEOs will be personally invited to participate as industry champions from the private, public and third sectors and the winner will be presented on the night.
“We are proud to be the headline sponsors of the National Business Awards again this year, as part of our support for British enterprise,” said Paul Gordon, Managing Director of SME and Mid Corporates at Lloyds Bank.
“These awards celebrate the accomplishments of British businesses, the people driving them forward and the vital role they play in supporting our economy.”
The ceremony will take place on November 10 at Grosvenor House Hotel. The glittering black-tie gala evening is an incredible opportunity to network, exchange ideas and celebrate with 1,200 of the UK’s top business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives.
Why enter? Here are five good reasons