What's up at Downing Street?29 Jul 2014
Shortlisting 2014, planning 2015 and visits to PM’s office have kept the NBA Programme Director busy this month…
It’s been a busy but exciting few weeks for the NBA. Following the long campaign to find Britain’s best businesses of all shapes and sizes, we have shortlisted over 140 finalists across 15 categories – with more to be revealed later in the year.
As the leading talent scout for UK plc, the National Business Awards has discovered some fascinating businesses and each with a different story to tell about how to be successful. Outsourcery, founded by new BBC Dragon Piers Linney, has been shortlisted for two awards this year - BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year and Santander SME of the Year. It will be interesting to see him on the other side of the table pitching to the panel – an experience that former Dragon James Caan enjoyed last year when he was shortlisted.
Newton Europe and The Chemistry Group, who have both won the BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year Award, have been shortlisted for Employer of the Year – and they are up against Baringa Partners, which has returned to reclaim the title in this category; so it should be quite a battle.
We have the usual David and Goliath stories across all award categories – but particularly for the ICAEW Sustainable Business Award and the Santander Corporate Citizenship Award where the likes of Telefonica, UBS, Samsung Electronics, IKEA and Anglian Water have been shortlisted against small and medium sized enterprises including Webmart, The Job Show, Greengage Environmental and MOE Foundation – the first social enterprise to be shortlisted for a Sustainable Business Award.
As finalists prepare for live presentations to the panel in September, and we work with them to tell their story in our Finalist Supplement in October, Team NBA is planning an exciting programme for the ceremony on 11th November (we’re hoping there hasn’t been a leak because tables seem to be selling very quickly.
We’re also looking to 2015 and have been developing a new award with Lord Young – which has meant a couple of mother’s pride inducing visits to 10 Downing Street. More details to follow but Lord Young mentioned it in his recently released report called Enterprise For All (check out page 35). We’re also developing a new Index to feature some of the most innovative organisations of all sizes that have been recognised for National Business Awards – so watch this space…
Good luck to all those that have been shortlisted this year and see you in September.