The Lloyds Bank - National Business Awards UK 2017

13th November 2018


The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year

Are you proud of how your company has won new business and new customers over the last three years?

What have you done that has had significant impact on the growth of your company?

Tell us about some of your best, long term employees and what they have done for your business?

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.

Open to all organisations with no more than £25 million turnover in their last financial year, this Award will go to the company that best demonstrates the following:

  • An established market position
  • Excellent growth or expansion
  • Potential for sustained growth
  • Innovation in products, services or processes
  • Customer and staff engagement
  • Effective leadership and management
  • An ethical approach to business
  • Strong business results

Core criteria and proportion of overall score

Growth: 10%

Innovation: 20%

Employee engagement: 10%

Customer service: 15%

Leadership: 20%

Organisational Ethics & Policies: 10%

Financial performance: 15%

Previous winners



“The National Business Awards champions the best of UK Enterprise and SDS is a Company which has achieved a huge amount since its formation in 2002. From its base in Biddisham, Somerset it is now acknowledged to be the leader in its market sector and provides a solution to a very relevant and current problem – that of reliable water management. By providing a range of engineering solutions it enables the global water industry to operate both sustainably and efficiently.”

“SDS used renewable products and has successfully invested in modern plant and equipment while at the same time increasing its headcount to cope with its increased workload. Fuelled by strong demand for its products it is on course to deliver another record year in terms of sales and profits and has real ambition to further its efforts in overseas markets. SDS has a strong blue chip client base and by providing products which can mitigate and even prevent flooding it offers a compelling solution.”

“The shortlist had a number of very strong contenders but the Judges felt that SDS was a worthy winner for this Award as it has achieved a lot since its formation and developed products which are clearly in demand – a situation which shows no signs of abating. It is a highly innovative Company and has successfully achieved its ambitions without recourse to any significant external funding. The future looks very bright indeed for SDS.”


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Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking provides comprehensive expert financial services to businesses of all sizes, from start-ups, through to small businesses, mid-sized businesses and multinational corporations.

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