Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Winners Revealed11 Nov 2015
*BT Group, Premiership Rugby and Crown Paints Ltd amongst the victors *
*Carolyn McCall OBE named Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year*
*Tony Pidgley CBE awarded Lloyds Bank Excellence in Business*
*Special guest appearance from rugby legend Jonah Lomu*
* Buzz Aldrin headline speaker of the evening*
Over 1200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane last night, as the winners of the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards were revealed at the fourteenth annual gala dinner ceremony.
Presented by Sky News’ Ian King and Poppy Trowbridge, the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, which is organised by UBM EMEA, welcomed former Astronaut and second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin as headline speaker.
The Prime Minister opened proceedings at the ceremony with a message for this year’s finalists. He told the audience: “I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you on behalf of the whole country, for all that you’re doing to create jobs and growth in Britain...tonight we celebrate all that you’re doing, from your leadership in digital and innovation, to the Duke of York’s new award for University Entrepreneurship, these awards are rightly the Oscars of great British business.
“The awards recognise people who have the guts to strike out on their own, who have the tenacity to work hard for every deal and who have the innovation and vision that lets you grow your business and take new people on. Its people like you who are making this the most entrepreneurial and dynamic period in our country’s recent history. So thank you again for all you’re doing.”
Sports and fitness brands did especially well on the night; winners included The Body Coach, DNAFit and Premiership Rugby – which was also awarded by a surprise guest appearance from New Zealand rugby legend, Jonah Lomu.
The winners across 18 categories of The Lloyds Bank National Business Award 2015 Winners:
The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year: The Body Coach
The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship: University of Leeds
The Vonage Business Enabler of the Year: Fifteen Digital
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year: Titus Sharpe, CEO of MVF
The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year: Emoderation
The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year: BT Group
The Lloyds Bank Digital Business of the Year: UNiDAYS®
The Customer Focus Award: Go Ape
The Grichan Partnerships Sustainable Business Award: Crown Paints Limited
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year: Joe Carnell, ÜGOT UK
The Social Enterprise of the Year: Livity
The Corporate Citizenship Award: Premiership Rugby
The Market Gravity Innovation Award: DNAFit Limited
The UKTI Growth Business of the Year: Paymentsense
The Deloitte Employer of the Year: Better Bathrooms
The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year: Vanarama
The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year: Carolyn McCall OBE, Chief Executive of easyJet
The Lloyds Bank Excellence in Business Award: Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of Berkeley Group
Carolyn McCall OBE, Chief Executive of easyJet was named Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year. This is the highest accolade in UBM EMEA’s Lloyds Bank National Business Awards which recognises the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders and industry champions from the private, public and third sectors. The finalists were judged on their achievements as business leaders over the last 18 months, and their personal achievements in the course of their career.
Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of Berkeley Group was awarded with The Lloyds Bank Excellence in Business Award.
Tim Hinton, Managing Director, Mid Markets and SME Banking, Lloyds Banking Group said: “The National Business Awards celebrate the outstanding leadership, determination and accomplishment of British business leaders, and we’ve seen a huge array of talent amongst the finalists.”
“Choosing the winners wasn’t easy but everyone should be congratulated for making it to this stage and we will follow their progress with interest. I’m particularly excited that we will be providing business mentoring for all winners - giving them an important sounding board as their businesses progress to the next level.”
The awards ceremony also saw the launch of the Government’s most ambitious export campaign ever – Exporting is GREAT. Led by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the government department that helps UK –based companies succeed in the global economy, the campaign aims to inspire and support 100,000 new UK exporters to sell their goods and services overseas by 2020. The campaign will help the UK to become the world’s greatest exporting nation, capturing the imagination of the UK public, boosting business confidence and national pride and empowering more UK companies to go out and succeed in global markets. To find out more, visit www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk
Nina Wright, Managing Director of UBM EMEA Built Environment, said: “We were delighted to host yet another successful gala dinner ceremony celebrating the full spectrum of British Business in 2015; the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are the accolade of choice for those seeking the highest recognition. This year’s winners demonstrate the quality and diversity of businesses driving economic growth in the UK.”
The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015 charity partner is BBC Children in Need. At the ceremony the audience heard from Adam Thomas with a special appearance from Pudsey. An auction on the night raised a substantial amount of money for the charity, who’s annual Appeal Show takes place this Friday on the BBC.
For more information and to find out how to register your business for the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk.
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About the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its 14th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
About UBM EMEA
The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is organised by UBM EMEA. UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.