The Lloyds Bank - National Business Awards UK 2017   



2017 Categories

A category for every story

There are 17 award categories in total which mainly focus on achievements over the last 18 months. Whether a dynamic entrepreneur or start up, a thriving SME, or one of Britain’s best large firms; there is an ideal category to highlight outstanding examples in all business areas.

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The Customer Focus Award

Celebrating those organisations demonstrating the link between customer service and profit, the Customer Focus Award recognises those constantly striving to exceed customer expectations, industry leading standards of service, and innovation around customer experience.

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The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year

If you are a high performing new company with an innovative edge and something to shout about, this could be your award. This award recognises those that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and already show a significance within the industry.

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The Howard Kennedy Employer of the Year

Celebrating organisations seeing the best return on an investment in people, this Award recognises the employee strategy that best attracts retains and develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice.

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The QBE Business Insurance Exporter of the Year Award

Recognising British businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth through exporting, this Award focuses on all aspects of exporting and is looking for sustainable exporting models and innovative practices.

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The Vonage Business Enabler of the Year

This award celebrates organisations that help businesses to increase profitability by improving efficiency, developing talent and implementing innovation, recognising the impact of ‘enablers’ that offer value beyond support products and services. 

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The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year

Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the UK economy, this Award recognises those who have maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understands its customer, has an engaged workforce with effective leadership, and is continually innovating to support future growth. 

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The Samsung Innovation Award

This award recognises the company that successfully applies any form of innovation, celebrating the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation or industry. 

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The Business Award for Sustainability sponsored by The Grichan Partnership 

This award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate an outstanding commitment to sustainability.

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The Amazon Digital Business of the Year

Open to any organisation operating online, this Award recognises those best optimising all aspects of ecommerce to achieve growth and strong financial performance through exceptional customer experience.

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The Smith & Williamson Scale-up Business of the Year

Recognising a market leading increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last 3 years, this Award will go to the business demonstrating the highest levels of growth and a robust plan for sustainable financial performance. 

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The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award

The Positive Social Impact Award celebrates the organisations bringing their values to life through a range of social impact initiatives.

Recognising those achieving social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work, or employee led initiatives.

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The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year

Celebrating the potential that exists within leaders of the UK’s most promising start-ups. We focus on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first 18 months of trading.

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The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship

Recognising the work of universities to encourage, prepare and enable entrepreneurial opportunities, this Award will distinguish those doing and delivering most.

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Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year

Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, this Award recognises an enterprising individual who has achieved sustained levels of growth and strong financial performance through a culture of innovation, resilience and an ethos of inspiring others through their leadership style.

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The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year

Celebrating the contribution of mid-market businesses to the UK economy, this Award recognises businesses who continue to build on their success. Open to any company with a turnover of between £25m to £500m.

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Nomination categories


The Excellence in Business Award

The Excellence in Business Award was created to recognise the business personality who best represents achievement and longevity.
Synonymous with his or her business sector in the UK, the award acknowledges the winner’s sustained achievements within the business community during a distinguished career. 

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Leader of the Year Award

The highest accolade in the National Business Awards programme. This award recognises the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisations – with five high profile CEOs invited to participate as industry champions from the private, public and third sectors.

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Entry Deadline: 19th May

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The Grichan Partnership

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