Are you a scale-up, which was once an SME or a start-up, that has seen spectacular growth over the last three years?

Have your plans for a new service or product exceeded expectations leading to significant sales growth as measured against your competitors or market size?

Have you retained the key founders of your company as you have grown rapidly yet recruited brilliant new talent as well?

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.

Open to any UK-based scale-up with a current turnover of not less than £3m per annum, judges will look for the business that can best demonstrate:

  • Market leading growth
  • Strong financial performance over a three year period
  • Those which may be considering a listing on the public market in London
  • Companies which may be seeking access to external capital
  • Outstanding leadership and management
  • Innovation in products, services or processes
  • Exceptional customer service
  • High levels of employee engagement
  • An ethical approach to business

Core criteria proportion of overall score

Growth: 30%

Leadership: 15%

Innovation: 10%

Customer service: 10%

Employee engagement: 10%

Organisational Ethics & Policies: 10%

Financial performance: 15



Previous Winners

Nexus Vehicle Rental - 2018

Perkbox - 2017

"It’s only been two months but Nexus Vehicle Rental is shortlisted for another five awards since winning at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. It also posted record revenues of £84.1m and record profit - the fifth consecutive year of double digit increases in revenue and profit."


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