Running a business, especially one that is successful and growing, is no easy feat. It requires dedication, passion and a slight appetite for risk. But the Amazon Growing Business Awards has brought to the fore time and time again the different and creative methods UK bosses have used to thrive. In fact, sponsor Amazon pointed to an increase of confidence among SME leaders, who believe they’ll garner double their average revenue growth over the next year. It also echoes the contents of Aldemore’s SME Future Attitudes report, in which its group managing director, Carl D’Ammassa, claimed small business owners were nothing if not resilient and adaptable. With the SME space intent on making Brexit a success regardless of the negotiation terms, and enforcing the concept of “change creating opportunities”, we’d say some recognition is in order. The Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017, supported by the CBI and ECI, hopes to achieve just that by rounding up those who have tenaciously continued to plan for the future by adapting accordingly. It seeks to round up SME excellence and select a winner to represent the best of 17 sectors – spanning the likes of Family-owned Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Growing Business of the Year. Those interested can enter until 23 September 2017, which is when nominations close. It will then be up to an illustrious judging panel to select the winners, who will be revealed in a ceremony taking place on 29 November at London-based The Brewery.
“SMEs clearly see the overall economic climate out there as cause for concern, but there’s also plenty of light amongst the shade,” Doug Gurr, UK country manager of Amazon, explained to Real Business.
He added: “The awards will highlight how SMEs are once again demonstrating paramount importance to the UK economy by keeping calm and carrying on, anticipating revenue, hiring and profit growth as well as ramping up capital investment.”
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