What is the SME Culture Leaders list?

The SME Culture Leaders List 2019 is the only league table of its kind catering to the UK’s thriving small and medium businesses that put company culture first.

It’s a definitive list of the UK’s 25 best SMEs that live, work and breathe positive company culture, presented by Real Business in association with specialist HR software company Breathe.

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What counts as company culture?

Company culture isn’t just about foosball tables and nap pods. It’s one of the most important factors influencing where talented hopefuls choose to work. It’s important to employers too. Workers who slot into your company culture are likely to be happier and more productive.

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Why enter?

League tables and lists highlighting great places to work often focus on huge multinational businesses. We’re interested in growing businesses who’ve put their company culture first, from the start.

This is a chance for SMEs to level the playing field. So if you own, run or work in one, tell us why yours is an awesome place to work. If you make the top 25, we’ll feature your business in Real Business, the most-read SME publication in the UK.

Nomination guidelines

Your nomination should be a maximum of 300 words in length, excluding employee testimonials. We’ve outlined a few questions to think about when drafting your nomination:

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What happens after I submit the below form?

After submitting the form, you’ll receive a confirmation message. The winners will be revealed on 22 July 2019!

If you’d like to accompany your response with supporting materials, please email them to editors@realbusiness.co.uk with the subject line “SME CULTURE LEADERS”.


8 May 2019 – Nominations open at midnight

28 June 2019 – Nominations close at midnight

4 July 2019 – Judges Pack sent to judges

15 July 2019 – Judging Day

22 July 2019 – Winners announced

Nomination Form Culture Leaders List 2019

Please fill out the below form to nominate your company for the Culture Leader List 2019.