The shortlist is revealed

Representing the best of British ambition, companies of all sizes and industries showed their excellence in business:


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.

Winner:  Minicabit


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


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.

Winner:  UKFast


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.

Winner:  Rotaready


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


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

Fujitsu Artificial Intelligence Award

This award will celebrate those paving the way with AI innovation and ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of the technology’s evolution.

NEW FOR 2018! 

Winner:  Signal Media


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