Award Categories

A category for every story

The 15 award categories focus primarily on your achievements over the last 18 months. Whether you're a dynamic entrepreneur, an outstanding start-up, a thriving SME, or one of Britain's biggest firms, there's a category to highlight your achievements.

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.

The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year Award

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.

The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award

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. This award 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.

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

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.

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. This 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.

The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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.

The Data Excellence Award

If you understand that smarter data management is not only necessary, but that it can go far beyond regulatory compliance into competitive advantages, increased customer satisfaction, more engaged staff and a truly transformative experience for your business, this award is for you.

The Give a Grad a Go Employer of the Year Award

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 Castle Corporate Finance Scale-Up Business of the Year 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.

The LDC Growth Through 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.

The Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience & Loyalty Award

Celebrating organisations that deliver a consistent exceptional customer experience, this award recognises businesses that, firstly, demonstrates the link between excellent customer experience, employee engagement improved profitability and/or value to the bottom line.

The Artificial Intelligence Award

Recognising the businesses that are empowering and enabling people to thrive in a digital world, this award will celebrate those paving the way with AI innovation and ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of the technology’s evolution.

The Business Enabler of the Year Award

This award celebrates businesses that help their customers or clientsto increase sales and profitability through a competitive advantage, recognising the impact of ‘enablers’ that offer value beyond products, infrastructure and services

The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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.

The Leader of the Year Award

The highest accolade in the National Business Awards programme. This award recognises the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisations – with five high profile CEOs invited to participate as industry champions from the private, public and third sectors.

The Pivot for Purpose Award

This Award recognises those UK businesses and organisation that have gone above and beyond to support our communities and key workers during the COVID–19 pandemic.