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The latest interviews, articles, guides and news about the Awards.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

25 September 2020

Champions of graduate recruitment and ambassadors of well-being in the workplace, Give A Grad A Go is very in tune with the pressures of the workplace, where mental health is a hugely pertinent issue.

In the current climate with new pressures and overwhelming negativity, monitoring and...

In times like these, awards are essential

In times like these, awards are essential

05 August 2020

Winning or being shortlisted for a business award is a fantastic achievement at any time, but during a pandemic it’s a unique triumph, and one that’s more important than ever.

Absent colleagues, cancelled holidays, missed meetings and closed venues means it has been a tough year for businesses up and down the UK. 

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards: Entries Extended until 24 July 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards: Entries Extended until 24 July 2020

02 July 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards wants to hear your business success stories. The challenges the UK business community has faced over the last year means we need them more than ever.

For that reason, we’re extending the deadline for entries until 24 July 2020.

How to recognise growth through innovation: An interview with category judge John Garner

How to recognise growth through innovation: An interview with category judge John Garner

11 June 2020

We spoke to John Garner, Head of New Business at LDC to find out what he wants to see from entries to the LDC Growth Through Innovation Award, and how he’ll identify the businesses and organisations that truly shine in this category.

What Will Business Look Like After COVID-19?

What will business look like after COVID–19?

06 May 2020

Many countries are beginning, slowly but surely, to ease their lockdown measures. The light is very much visible at the end of the tunnel.

Now, the business community is starting to consider how they will adapt to the post-COVID reality. With shops able to open but social distancing still in effect, how will they be able to begin financial recovery without risking a second peak of infection?

6 top tips for entering the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

6 top tips for entering the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

02 April 2020

Struggling to write your awards pitch? Getting too bogged down in the details?

Read our six top tips for writing your entry to the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, to help you on your way as you compare your business achievements to the very best of UK business.

Castle Corporate Finance on judging great scale-up businesses

Castle Corporate Finance on judging great scale-up businesses

30 March 2020

The Castle Corporate Finance Scale-up Business of the Year Award recognises UK business that have demonstrated spectacular growth over the last few years, posting results that defy expectations.

We spoke to Stuart Stepney, Managing Director at award sponsors Castle Corporate Finance to find out what kind of businesses he expects...

Rishi Sunak

Sunak’s first budget offers a mixed picture—with big spending commitments

13 March 2020

Rishi Sunak’s first budget as Chancellor the Exchequer was dominated by policies to manage the impact of COVID–19 and protect the UK economy against recession. But he also announced ambitious spending commitments not seen in a government budget since Gordon Brown occupied 11 Downing Street.

Start your entry: the 2020 awards are now open

Start your entry: the 2020 awards are now open

19 Feb 2020

The time has come to enter the 19th Lloyds Bank National Business Award and put your business success story centre stage.

If your business or an outstanding individual has achieved something special over the last 18 months—whether that’s innovative use of data, exceptional employment practice or sustained growth—you can enter one of the 14 categories listed below:

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020—a year of challenges and opportunities

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020—a year of challenges and opportunities

17 Jan 2020

British business will finally get some measure of stability when Brexit takes place on 31 January, but this will, of course, depend on the result of the trade talks, which Boris Johnson has promised will ...

5 things to look out for at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards this year

5 things to look out for at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards this year

11 Nov 2019

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2019 ceremony is nearly upon us. This exciting celebration of the cream of British business comprises an awards ceremony and a lavish black-tie dinner designed to recognise the achievements of organisations and business leaders from across the public, private and third sectors.

So what should you look forward to at the awards ceremony tomorrow?

Net World Sports on scoring a win at the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

Net World Sports on scoring a win at the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

15 Oct 2019

From humble beginnings started in CEO Alex’s school playground, Net World Sports is now a champion of designing and manufacturing the best quality sporting products, housing more than 5,000 sporting ranges, 95% of which are own brand. In 2018, this journey of success included winning The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium Sized Business Award.

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Winner: The Daily Sparkle’s continuing success

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Winner: The Daily Sparkle’s continuing success

24 Sep 2019

With the 2019 awards ceremony fast approaching, we caught up with Chris Harding, Managing Director at The Daily Sparkle, to hear about business since the big win.

Finalists Annouced for 2020 Lloyds Bank National Buesiness Awards

Finalists Announced for 2020 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

13 August 2020

The finalists of the 2020 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards were unveiled this morning as the programme’s organisers praised British businesses for their resilience, agility and innovation over the last 12 months, despite being faced with untold economic and logistical challenges as a result of COVID-19.

Great exporters at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

Great exporters at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

16 July 2020

The Lloyds Bank Exporter of The Year Award celebrates UK companies that have demonstrated significant overseas growth, whether that means opening a new office abroad, new relationships with overseas companies, or a substantial growth in exports.

In the latest of our series of blogs looking at recent...

Speaking to judge and Advisory Board member Allyson Stewart-Allen

Speaking to judge and Advisory Board member Allyson Stewart-Allen

29 June 2020

Allyson Stewart-Allen is a Lloyds Bank National Business Awards stalwart. Originally from California, Allyson has made her name in the United Kingdom as an educator, advisor, author, speaker and non-executive director, as well as a judge and Advisory Board member...

An interview with Weston College’s Dr Paul Phillips

“There was something quite special about this one”: An interview with Weston College’s Dr Paul Phillips

08 June 2020

Last year, Weston College won the Give a Grad a Go Employer of the Year Award, reflecting its unique further education offering that helps thousands of students each year develop their skills and talent. We spoke to Principal of the College Dr Paul Phillips...

5 Ways Awards Provide a Return on Investment

Five ways awards provide a return on investment

30 April 2020

How do you measure business success? Revenue? Units sold? Customer satisfaction? Perhaps you measure it in terms of the awards your service has won—that’s certainly what we would consider a good metric.

That’s because winning awards isn’t just about the silverware: in the case of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards it’s about receiving...

Ambition can help businesses prevail

Ambition can help businesses prevail

30 March 2020

The current Covid-19 crisis is bringing unprecedented levels of uncertainty and disruption to the way businesses carry out their day-to-day operations. Having backed more than 600 management teams of mid-market businesses through the highs and lows of the economic cycle since 1981, LDC strongly believes the common thread to business success is an enduring ambition to succeed.

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Catching up with DPD UK's CEO, Dwain McDonald, after winning the 2019 Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience & Loyalty Award

25 March 2020

We never rest on our laurels and we always keep on innovating: 2019 winner DPD reflects on an unprecedented fourth award

DPD UK was already familiar with the benefits of winning at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards—before its triumph in the Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience & Loyalty Award this year, it had already...

5 women who have changed UK business

5 women who have changed UK business

10 March 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards has always celebrated some of the UK’s most successful and influential female business leaders.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, let’s take a look at some of the prominent female winners of the last few years.

Last year the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards raised £25,000 for Mental Health UK

Last year the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards raised £25,000 for Mental Health UK

12 Feb 2020

The United Kingdom has often been noted for its generosity towards charitable causes. Indeed, in 2018 British donors gave an astonishing £10.1 billion to charity, with young people and animal welfare being the most popular causes.

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards takes part in the London Stock Exchange Market Open

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards takes part in the London Stock Exchange Market Open

28 Nov 2019

London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE programme welcomed the winners of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards to mark the event’s eighteenth edition, which took place on 12 November 2019.

 

How Vision Group used its awards win to expand its network

How Vision Group used its awards win to expand its network

29 October 2019

Vision Group turned the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards into a real celebration for the entire staff – especially when they took home the Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award.

We caught up with Vision Group to find out what the team enjoyed about the ceremony last year, and how the business has moved on since then.

We were pinching ourselves when we won: 2018 winner Cleveland Police on their unexpected triumph

We were pinching ourselves when we won: 2018 winner Cleveland Police on their unexpected triumph

09 Oct 2019

Cleveland Police had no expectations going into last year’s Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, but, as Head of Information Management Maria Laden told us when we caught up with her, winning the Experian Data Excellence Award was vital for changing perceptions of the police force as an innovative organisation that the public could trust.

Why big data matters to British business

Why big data matters to British business

18 Sep 2019

Big data is a growing field, attracting the attention of businesses across the United Kingdom. That’s because it has the potential to transform even the smallest companies.

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards launches the Pivot for Purpose Award

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards launches the Pivot for Purpose Award

11 August 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is inviting businesses to enter The Pivot for Purpose Award, this award celebrates the true innovators and leaders that stepped up to the plate to support communities and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike many of our other awards, the Pivot for Purpose Award does not highlight profit or financial results, but instead looks for businesses...

Scale-up success stories from the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

Scale-up success stories from the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

07 July 2020

“Scale-up business” may not be a term familiar to laymen, but their achievements are often headline-grabbing. A scale-up is any company that can boast an average annualised return of at least 20% over the previous three years: these are often start-ups entering the “growth phase” of their lifecycle, those on the way to making it big. 

Indentifying great employers

Identifying great employers

16 June 2020

Great employers have a unique set of attributes.

They identify excellence and areas for development in their recruits, provide training and guidance to get the most out of their employees, and invest in individuals to put them on the path to achievement.

Five ways to improve workplace wellbeing during Mental Health Awareness Week

Five ways to improve workplace wellbeing during Mental Health Awareness Week

19 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week has never been more important. In these challenging times, it is incredibly important for employers to protect the mental and emotional wellbeing of their staff.

Social isolation, disruption to everyday life and...

Darktrace

Is artificial intelligence the future of UK business?

14 April 2020

Artificial intelligence might just be the next big thing in the UK business landscape. It’s already having huge implications for automating processes, efficient data handling, developing insights about customer behaviour and even using machine learning to directly interact with consumers.

A study by Microsoft recently found round 56% of... 

2019 Employment Statistics To Help With Your Virtual Hiring in 2020

2019 Employment Statistics To Help With Your Virtual Hiring in 2020

30 March 2020

Hiring remotely is extremely topical right now, and with that in mind we wanted to share some of our most interesting findings from last year, to help you with your remote hiring.

Click to download the full 2019 Graduate Market Report, or visit our Graduate Employment Statistics Archive to see how the graduate recruitment sector has changed since 2015.

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UK business is resilient in the face of COVID-19

19 March 2020

The UK business community has faced many challenges, but none in living memory has been as great as COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic.

With many of us working from home or self-isolating, the whole rhythm of British society has been interrupted—and the national quarantine in countries with which we work closely...

5 Reasons To Enter The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020

5 reasons to enter the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020

25 Feb 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards might be the most prestigious awards programme in the United Kingdom’s business calendar, but entering takes time, care and attention—and money! You need to know why...

Sara Davies

Sara Davies MBE—a Lloyds Bank National Business Awards champion

03 Feb 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards frequently celebrates the roles of exceptional, entrepreneurial women—we think this is one of the awards’ most important roles, because women are regularly undervalued and underappreciated within the business community both at home and abroad.

The best of British business celebrated at glittering national prize reception

The best of British business celebrated at glittering national prize reception

13 Nov 2019

British business will finally get some measure of stability when Brexit takes place on 31 January, but this will, of course, depend on the result of the trade talks, which Boris Johnson has promised will ...

Limbs & Things founder Margot Cooper goes from strength to strength following win at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018

Limbs & Things founder Margot Cooper goes from strength to strength following win at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018

17 Oct 2019

Since being named at The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, Margot Cooper, Founder of Limbs & Things, has seen continued success for herself and her company.

The Lloyds Bank National Business Team caught up with her to find out how business has been over the last 12 months.

Nexus Vehicle Rental Continues to ‘Scale Up’ Following Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018 Win

Nexus Vehicle Rental Continues to ‘Scale Up’ Following Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018 Win

01 Oct 2019

With just over a month to go until the 2019 awards ceremony, we spoke with David Brennan, CEO, to catch up on how business has been since winning The Elite London Stock Exchange Group Scale-Up Award.

What makes an excellent business leader?

What makes an excellent business leader?

04 Sep 2019

Each year the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards recognises inspirational leaders and chief executives, celebrating the personal impact they have within the business community. Last year, the award went to Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the then-CEO of Virgin Money.