The Lloyds Bank - National Business Awards UK 2017  


2017 Winners

the best of British ambition

The winners were announced at the glittering Awards Ceremony in front of 1,200 business leaders, Government, press and investors. Companies of all sizes and industries showed their excellence in business after a rigorous shortlist process and presentation our high-level judges.

Signal - the lloyds bank new business of the year

The judges said

"This was an enormously exciting company, with superior technical knowledge and innovation in a sector that has the potential to transform the business landscape in generations ahead. This choice was not without risk; technology companies have been known to run out of money before they hit their stride, and too many British technology companies are sold before they reach their full potential. We hope this will not be one of them! We felt that the potential for this company, and the positive impact of a successful British champion in this global field, made it the stand-out choice."

About the award

This award recognises those that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and already show a significance within the industry they are operating in. The winning entry will demonstrate their business concept has met and overcome challenges, adopt a clear understanding of the market they operate in and have the foundations in place for continued success and potential expansion. 

Coventry University - the duke of york award for university entrepreneurship

About the award

This award recognises the work of universities to encourage, prepare and enable entrepreneurial opportunities, distinguishing those doing and delivering most.

Close Brothers Retail Finance - the vonage business enabler of the year

The judges said

"The judges were pleased to award Close Brothers Retail Finance as the 2017 Business Enabler of the Year.

The team at Close Brothers Retail Finance conceived and delivered an innovative solutions that helped retailers improve revenues and profits by making products more accessible without sacrificing lending standards. The team demonstrated great commitment to their retail partners' success through creative financing solution and excellent client support, achieving strong growth for the company and its' clients."


About the award

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. 

Bill Holmes, Radius Payment Solutions - the inflexion entrepreneur of the year

The judges said

"As in every year it was a difficult choice with so many excellent contenders for Entrepreneur of the Year. Bill Holmes’ story stood out as it was so impressive. From humble beginnings 25 years ago he went from employing 3 people to now over 1000. The company is the second largest employer in the Crewe area and has offices in over 20 countries worldwide. Bill and his team have built a substantial business, a leader in its field, collectively empowering its 200,000 SME customers with a range of services from fuel purchasing, administration systems and telematics. What particularly appealed to the judges was the degree of innovation and ability to create new services for its customers as well as the level of employee of share ownership in this business now worth several hundred millions of pounds."


About the award

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.

Perkbox - the smith & williamson scale-up business of the year

The judges said

“Perkbox has reinvented the world of employee benefits, targeting the largely untapped SME market with an engaging cloud-based digital employee engagement platform. The company’s product and culture has fired the imagination of users, creating a “right place, right time” business that has delivered exponential, scale-up growth.  An outstanding winner of the Smith & Williamson Scale-Up Business of the Year Award and firmly on track to be a global leader in employee engagement.”


About the award

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.

Accesso - the lloyds bank mid-market business of the year

The judges said

"AIM listed accesso is a truly global business, providing premier technological solutions to the leisure, entertainment and cultural markets in 27 countries. Accesso's strong business vision, dynamic leadership and commitment to service and innovation has enabled it to forge an enviable set of long-term, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with clients. Ambition, technology and commitment to customer experience continue to drive accesso's growth and development, in a market with enormous opportunity."

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About the award

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 publicly-listed company with a turnover of between £25m to £500m.

Missguided - the amazon digital business of the year

The judges said:

"Missguided’s success has been built on a deep understanding of their customers and relentless innovation on their behalf. With millions of followers across social media and a recent move in to physical retail, they are a truly inspirational British digital business."


About this award

This Award recognises those best optimising all aspects of ecommerce to achieve growth and strong financial performance through exceptional customer experience.

Judges will look for evidence of exceptional delivery, site engagement & functionality, security, innovation, ethical practice and sales growth.

Travel Counsellors - The customer focus award

The judges said

"Travel Counsellors is a great UK success story – that, based on the powerhouse of its tremendous Customer Focus, is now going global. They really understand the business sense and financial dynamics that by brilliantly looking after their own Travel Counsellors they in turn brilliantly deliver great service for their customers - the ultimate win-win."

travel counsellors

About this 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.

The English Tea Shop - The Business Award for Sustainability sponsored by The Grichan Partnership

The judges said:

"It was abundantly clear to the unanimous judging panel that the Team from The English Tea Shop had both fully understood why the Grichan Sustainability Award was for them; but importantly they were adopting sustainable well thought out practices within their business that were delivering tangible benefits to company growth, supplier and staff satisfaction and indeed the environments where they globally took their raw material from."  - Richard Hewitt, Co-founder of The Grichan Partnership

English tea shop

About this award

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

Judges will look for evidence of how a sustainable approach has improved commercial performance, competitiveness, customer perception, staff engagement, and continued financial strength.

Maria and Sara Trechman, Well&Truly - the duke of york new entrepreneur of the year

The judges said:

"Well and Truly produce great tasting snacks using natural ingredients that are much better for you than traditional ones, lower fat, gluten free, fewer calories and they taste delicious.

From a stand still they are already in Whole Foods, Ocado, WH Smith and 1000 Tesco stores, they particularly impressed the panel with how well their concept had been thought through and then executed. Their relentless drive for innovation has culminated in an outstanding product and a deserving winner."

About this award

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.

Ashley Community Housing - the lloyds bank positive social impact award

The judges said

"Ashley Community Housing, in a short space of time, have built an integrated model to help empower talented refugees to realise their potential, contribute to the economy and integrate with society. Fuad Mohammed and his team are also using their insight and example through advocacy to influence politicians, businesses and communities to support a change in perception and conditions, so that all can benefit. The judges were struck by the passion, innovation and professionalism brought to one of the most important issues of the day."


About the award

New in 2016, 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.

Concrete Canvas - the samsung innovation award

The judges said

"Concrete Canvas blew the judges away with their truly innovative products and the way they foster innovation within their company, all alongside impressive growth. They have revolutionised an industry, and as well as this their products have demonstrable long term environmental impact globally. Congratulations!"


about the 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.

J&C Joel - The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award

The judges said

“The judges felt that, while this year’s short-listed companies had achieved extremely impressive export results, J & C Joel in particular stood out for the pace of their international growth, the range of countries they cover and finally their strategy of offering of a range of value-added services suited for both their UK and overseas clients.”

jc joel

About the 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.

Alderman Tooling - the howard kennedy employer of the year

The judges said

"Alderman stood out to me as the employer of the year as the business had a really thorough understanding of the skills its employees need – both now and in the future. The collaborative NVQ training is simply brilliant and not only benefits Alderman’s, but other SMEs in the area. Karen’s work as a STEM ambassador is also strategically smart as it demonstrates the career path in these sectors and enables her to foster and encourage the next generation of employees."
alderman tooling

About this award

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.

SDS - the lloyds bank small to medium sized business of the year

The judges said

“The National Business Awards champions the best of UK Enterprise and SDS is a Company which has achieved a huge amount since its formation in 2002. From its base in Biddisham, Somerset it is now acknowledged to be the leader in its market sector and provides a solution to a very relevant and current problem – that of reliable water management. By providing a range of engineering solutions it enables the global water industry to operate both sustainably and efficiently.”

“SDS used renewable products and has successfully invested in modern plant and equipment while at the same time increasing its headcount to cope with its increased workload. Fuelled by strong demand for its products it is on course to deliver another record year in terms of sales and profits and has real ambition to further its efforts in overseas markets. SDS has a strong blue chip client base and by providing products which can mitigate and even prevent flooding it offers a compelling solution.”

“The shortlist had a number of very strong contenders but the Judges felt that SDS was a worthy winner for this Award as it has achieved a lot since its formation and developed products which are clearly in demand – a situation which shows no signs of abating. It is a highly innovative Company and has successfully achieved its ambitions without recourse to any significant external funding. The future looks very bright indeed for SDS.”


About the award

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.

Alan Rubenstein, Pension Protection Fund - The Keys Business Concierge Leader of the Year Award

About the award

The Keys Business Concierge Leader of the Year Award is the highest accolade to be presented at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, and will go to an exemplary CEO who has successfully led a strategy for outstanding performance. A long list of potential candidates is compiled through the year to identify industry leaders.

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