Whether it is technology heavyweight Unruly in 2011 or the energy markets next big thing First Utility in 2014, the Real Business Growing Business Awards have proved themselves pretty adept at being ahead of the curve and bringing you tomorrows trialblazers.
However, our task would be much harder were it not for the hundreds of nominations we receive each year from those wanting recognition for their business or one that theyve taken a bit of a shining to.
So, across a range of categories, we are after your nominations for this year. The Growing Business Awards recognise achievement right across the board, from the Micro Business of the Year (making its first outing) through to Growing Business of the Year: Large Company (Turnover 50m+). Theres also Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Digital Champion and Employer of the Year.
Have a look at our features involving last year’s winners:
- Watchfinders: Disrupting the traditional luxury market
- First Utility: Taking on the energy industrys big six incumbents
- Plumis: Sprinkling innovation across a burnt-out industry
- Life in the fast lane for Xtrac CEO Peter Digby
- Roaming Roosters: Sticking to tradition
We also wouldnt be much of an awards if we didnt have a stellar judging panel. From the worlds of finance, media, technology, retail, automotive and exporting, the likes of Business Growth Fund CEO Stephen Welton, Rare Tea Co founder Henrietta Lovell and Zoopla Property Group founder and CEO Alex Chesterman will ultimately be making the important decisions.
And what of our previous winners John McArthur, CEO Tracsis, said of his companys win in 2012: Above all this award will give the team a sense of achievement and they will realise what they are doing makes a difference.
To make life easier for you, we have crafted a quick nomination form alongside the full version. So, if youve only got a few minutes to let us know who you think should win an award then theres still an option, but the more information you can give us the better.
Nominations will run until 30 September, after which well collate them all and begin the process of putting the very best before our world-leading judges.
Were excited about the 2015 awards, another opportunity to recognise all the hard work that goes into creating market-leading businesses and to introduce you to a few exciting companies you might not have heard about before. We hope you join us on the journey to 26 November, when the Growing Business Awards will again be the focus of the business community.
Were seeking suggestions in the following categories:
Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover 50m+)
Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover 25m- £50m)
Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover less than 25m)
Entrepreneur of the Year
Employer of the Year
Micro Business of the Year
B2B Business of the Year
Innovator of the Year
Brand Builder of the Year
Young Company of the Year
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Export Champion of the Year
The Made in Britain Award