Representing the best of British ambition, companies of all sizes and industries show their excellence in business. After a rigorous shortlist process these companies presented to their category's panel of judges in September. The winners are revealed...
Winners were announced on 13 November 2018
The winners of the the 17th Lloyds Bank National Business Awards were announced on the evening of the 13 November.
LEADER OF THE YEAR
This 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 throughout the year to identify exemplary industry leaders from four recession-defying organisations.
Winner: Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money
Anne Richards, CEO, Fidelity International / outgoing CEO M&G
Simon Segars, CEO, ARM Holdings
Tom Blomfield, CEO, Monzo
Nick Beighton, CEO, ASOS
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money
Dame Helena Morrissey, Founder, 30% Club
The Customer Focus Award
Celebrating organisations that deliver outstanding service to their customers, this Award recognises businesses that, firstly, demonstrate the link between excellent customer service, improved profitability and/or value to the bottom line.
Winner: Close Brothers Retail Finance
The 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.
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year
The New Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates the potential that exists within leaders of the UK’s most promising start-ups and new SMEs.
Winner: Ross Harper- Limbic Limited
Stephen Shortt- Hawkins & Brimble
Kris Ingham- Rejuvenation Water
Cheney Hamilton - MummyJobs
Jospeh Michael Daniels- Project Etopia Group
Tom Walker & Gaz Booth- Holy Moly Dips
Theadora Alexander & Chris Green - Young Foodies
Ross Harper- Limbic Limited
Anna Komanius- Chillerton
Samantha Charles- Float Digital Marketing
Kiran Bhagotra - ProtectBox
The ELITE London Stock Exchange Group Scale-Up 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 to deliver a sustainable financial performance.
Winner: Nexus Vehicle Rental
The 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 being an employer of choice contributes to sustainable growth.
The 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, company or industry.
Winner: M Squared
The Lloyds Bank Exporter Of The Year Award
Recognising the successful 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.
Winner: Vision Support Services
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, who has demonstrated exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market prominence in its sector.
Winner: Shopper Media Group
The Lloyds Bank New Business Of The Year
If you are a high performing, new company trading for fewer than three years with an innovative edge and something to shout about, this could be your award. The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year recognises those companies that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and already show importance within their sector or industry through significant product/service innovation and leadership.
Winner: Gas Tag
The Lloyds Bank Small To Medium Sized Business of the Year
Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the UK economy, this Award recognises the Small to Medium-Sized Business that has maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understands its customer, has an engaged workforce with effective leadership, demonstrated effective use of technology/digital media to engage with all stakeholders (customers, employees, etc.) and is continually innovating to support future growth.
Winner: Net World Sports
The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award
This award highlights the role of the private or PLC companies, often in partnership with the public and third sectors, in addressing social challenges and improving the communities in which they operate. The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award will recognise those organisations that have achieved a meaningful and sustainable social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work, or through employee-led initiatives.
Winner: The Daily Sparkle
The Vonage Nexmo Business Enabler of the Year
This award celebrates businesses that help their customers or clients to increase sales and profitability through a competitive advantage, recognising the impact of ‘enablers’ that offer value beyond products, infrastructure and services. These businesses improve their customers’ or clients’ efficiency, develop their talent and diversity and implement catalysing innovation.
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.
Winner: Margot Cooper- Limbs &Things Ltd
Julian Thomas- Racelogic
John K Dobson- SmartSearch (SmartCredit Limited)
Colin Thompson- Nexus Group
Simon Gray- Boost Drinks
Margot Cooper- Limbs &Things Ltd
Sean Ramsden- Ramsden International
Gerhard Grueter- Lawson Conner
Simon Rogerson- Octopus Group
Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE - M Squared
Dave King- Digitalis
John Turner - Regulatory Finance Solutions
Graham Fraser-Pye - Aspire Pharma Limited
The Experian Data Excellence Award
This award celebrates businesses who understand that smarter data management is not only necessary in 2018, but that it can go far beyond regulatory compliance into competitive advantages, increased customer satisfaction, more engaged staff and a truly transformative experience for business.
NEW FOR 2018!
Winner: Cleveland Police