Introducing the 2013 National Business Awards Shortlist Panel05 Sep 2013
With some new award categories introduced in 2013, and others evolving to reflect emerging business trends, there are some new judges and expectations on this year’s Shortlist Panel.
Andrew McClelland, Chief Operations & Policy Officer at e-retail trade body IMRG, will shortlist finalists for the Digital Business of the Year award. “Digital commerce is now a central driver for national economic output and, for the third year running, the National Businesses Awards are recognising the value that a digital proposition brings to the most successful retailers,” he observed. “Big or small, pure-play or multichannel, mobile or e-commerce site, I’m looking forward to seeing how the best have embraced it this year.”
Now a member of the NBA Advisory Board to champion the small business community, StartUp Britain co-founder Michael Hayman will select the New Business of the Year finalists for 2013.
“This is the second year that the National Business Awards has recognised the contribution of start-ups to the UK economy,” said Hayman. “Last year’s finalists and overall winner demonstrated the potential within Britain’s new enterprises to not only create jobs but prove new approaches to business. It’s important that the best new firms step up and gain recognition through something as big as the National Business Awards because it reminds the wider business community of what can be achieved through enterprise, ambition and vision.”
Commercial & Social Impact
Celebrating those businesses seeing a return on their ‘human capital’ - investing time, money and expertise in their community - a new Corporate Citizenship Award has been introduced in 2013.
“Linking corporate citizenship with commercial success, the Corporate Citizenship Award recognises the positive impact business can have on communities and quality of life – and celebrates those businesses looking ahead to secure their long term success through innovation, staff engagement, strong values and good leadership,” said Shortlist Judge Mike Tuffrey, co-founder of specialist consultancy Corporate Citizenship.
The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award has evolved to reflect the growing number of organisations demonstrating the financial benefits of embedding sustainable practices. “Last year’s finalists demonstrated that businesses of all sizes are increasingly measuring their sustainability performance and how it relates to their future growth and profitability,” said Richard Spencer, ICAEW’s Head of Sustainability.
Full details of this year’s Shortlist Panel can be found on the National Business Awards website.
Quality & Diversity
With over 100 business leaders, influencers and policy-makers involved in the judging process for the National Business Awards, they have become a highly prestigious accolade and a powerful endorsement.
“The quality and diversity of the businesses taking part, the robustness of its judging process, and the engagement from all sectors of the economy have established the National Business Awards as Britain's most prestigious, relevant and credible accolade,” said Chair of Judges Dame Helen Alexander. The former president of the CBI and current chairman of UBM plc added: “It guarantees feedback to all who enter, so it is an invaluable benchmark for organisations from the private, public and third sectors demonstrating excellence.”
A three tier judging process begins with a long list of contenders that are scored to identify a top ten in each category by a Shortlist Panel of independent judges. Finalists then present live to a multi-disciplinary panel of four to five peers who choose the overall winner based on their presentation, their entry form and their answers to probing questions.
The 2013 entry campaign closes on 24th May so there is still time to take the challenge. To find out more about the National Business Awards, or how to enter, visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anthony on 020 7234 8755.