Why Enter? Hear the Winners’ Stories

Prestige, connections, and national and regional press coverage – the benefits that come along with winning at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are immeasurable.

Are you looking for that last bit of inspiration to finish up your entry? You don’t just need to take our word for it. Hear previous winners: a successful night at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is a transformational experience.

What can The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards do for your business?

Industry recognition – and beyond

With 15 categories in 2019, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards recognises business of all sizes, across all sectors. It means finalists and winners get the attention of the national and regional press alike – as well as influential figures business investors, from the likes of HRH the Duke of York, Lord Young of Griffham and former prime minister David Cameron.

 

It’s only been two months but Nexus is shortlisted for another five awards since winning an NBA. It also posted record revenues of £84.1m and record profit - the fifth consecutive year of double digit increases in revenue and profit. Nexus has launched a charity partnership with Sands – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Nexus Vehicle Rental - Winner of the Scale up Award 2018

 

We’ve recently been through a successful private equity deal which valued the business at £405m. The founders have sold a 30% stake to private equity house inflexion. We are developing our technology all the time and taking on new team members to support our growth. 

UK Fast – Winner of Employer of the Year Award 2018

Growth & expansion

Whether you’re looking to grow your employee numbers, your customers or your geographical reach, winning at the National Business Awards is a sure-fire way to attract attention from prospective employees and future clients alike.

 

“I’m absolutely over the moon to have won this award - what a day! I started this company out of my living room in my flat in Surbiton; I now have an office in Richmond for 100 staff and over 70,000 clients around the world. My business is changing lives and I’m getting people in shape with healthy nutrition, and this is just the start of something big for me.”

Joe Wicks, Creator & Founder at The Body Coach

Winner of the 2015 New Business of the Year ​

 

“Since winning the Exporter of the Year Award at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, we’re delighted to have expanded our sales footprint across Central and Eastern Europe, along with strengthening our current relationships with IHG, Hilton and Marriott.

Having a nominated supplier status for some of the world’s biggest hospitality clients, government organisations and retailers is an astounding achievement – especially when considering Vision, as an entity, has only been around for 12 years. As the name grows, so do the opportunities and our plans for growth and expansion are already proving fruitful. Winning the Exporter of the Year award has helped immeasurably; we’re continuously working hard to transform a local UK‐centric textile supplier into a multi‐national supplier of textile services to the world’s leading hotel groups and retailers. It’s helped cement our reputation across the world for being a world‐class textile supplier and distributor and we’re looking forward to what the future holds.”

Vision Support Services

Winner of Exporter of the Year Award 2018

 

“We’re so excited, we’re absolutely over the moon! We’re based in Nottingham and we’re doing a lot to create a lot of jobs and to bring people from all over the UK into Nottingham really creating an incredible tech scene in the city and everyone’s going to be incredibly excited, there’s going to be a lot of happy people over in the Midlands.”

  Josh Rathour, Business Development Director of UNiDAYS®

Winner of the 2015 Lloyds Bank Digital Business of the Year

Employee engagement

While UKFast receives more than 10,000 applications a year for roles, we are always working hard to recruit the absolute best tech talent to support our customers. Winning Employer of the Year at the National Business Awards shows prospective employees and our clients that we’re serious about building and upskilling an amazing team to build new tech and continue our outstanding growth trajectory.  

UK Fast – Winner of Employer of the Year Award 2018

 

We’re now working closely with a number of businesses, including Starbucks and First West of England to get our beneficiaries into roles with them. This helps the refugee and BAME communities we serve access quality jobs with progression opportunities, and also helps these employers recruit more diverse staff from communities they have previously struggled to access effectively.

Ashley Community & Housing Ltd - Winner of the Positive Social Impact of Year Award 2017

Limbs & Things - Margot Cooper - Winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018

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Launch of models: New Rectal Model, Palpation Shoulder Model, Lumbar Puncture Model. Launch of New Staff Forum across the company. Increased US sales force and resulting division of territories

How has winning an award positively impacted your business?

A good feel factor across the company worldwide. Publicity at a national level- article in the Sunday Times, YouTube and other media outlets. Publicity at a regional level in newspaper and media. Recognition of the company and our work beyond our area of activity. Focus of CBI and others. Communicated to the global database

Net World Sports - Winner of the SME of the Year Award 2018

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Since winning ‘Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year’ at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, Net World Sports has continued to grow from strength to strength. We’re paving the way for future growth and have launched new international websites, are hiring substantially in almost all areas of the business and work has begun on building our new 400,000 square foot warehouse and office space which will create hundreds of jobs in our local area.

How has winning an award positively impacted your business?

Winning a Lloyds Bank National Business Award has had a huge impact for Net World Sports; we’ve received more and more exposure as a business across regional, national and international platforms, have been able to stand out from the competition and most importantly, our entire workforce has rightfully felt part of this success and are enthusiastic about our next 12 months which are set to be ground-breaking.

Shopper Media Group - Winner of the Mid-Market Business of the Year Award 2018

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and recommended by them for use in care homes.

How has winning an award positively impacted your business?

Winning the National Business Award has helped us build our brand and attract talent to the business, which is our core focus. Since November 2018, we have had 15 new starters, 24 new roles go live and an uplift in applications of 116%. 

Vision Support Services - Winner of the Exporter of the Year Award 2018

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Since winning the Exporter of the Year Award at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, we’re delighted to have expanded our sales footprint across Central and Eastern Europe, along with strengthening our current relationships with IHG, Hilton and Marriott. Only a few weeks ago, we were awarded ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the PPHE Hotel Group Annual Leadership Summit, in part due to our corporate social responsibility commitments. Customers are seeing the benefit in these responsibilities; hotels and laundries are able to put their trust in a supplier knowing that their product has come from a long line of testing and quality assurance checks meaning that ultimately, their end user will appreciate both the comfort and quality at the end. We are proud to offer Global Recycling Standard (GRS) certified products. All our synthetic filled bedding products are sourced from a GRS certificated factory meaning that every synthetic filled bedding product is sourced from a factory which uses only recycled plastic in order to create high quality and environmentally sound products.

How has winning an award positively impacted your business?

Having a nominated supplier status for some of the world’s biggest hospitality clients, government organisations and retailers is an astounding achievement – especially when considering Vision, as an entity, has only been around for 12 years. As the name grows, so do the opportunities and our plans for growth and expansion are already proving fruitful. Winning the Exporter of the Year award has helped immeasurably; we’re continuously working hard to transform a local UK‐centric textile supplier into a multi‐national supplier of textile services to the world’s leading hotel groups and retailers. It’s helped cement our reputation across the world for being a world‐class textile supplier and distributor and we’re looking forward to what the future holds.

Daily Sparkle - Winner of the Positive Social Impact of Year Award 2018

‘Where are they now?’ style update – let us know anything new and exciting with your business since your big win!

Since winning the Lloyds Business Awards Social Impact Award we have very much grown in ambition. We have been able to add several new features to our resources such as the introduction of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) into our major product The Daily Sparkle. CST is a proven and widely recognised therapy which can help older people and people living with dementia to retain their cognitive abilities. It is recognised by the industry quality body NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and recommended by them for use in care homes.

We are also in the process of developing a drag’n’drop activities calendar which will make the job of care home Activity Coordinators much easier and more pleasurable while also increasing the range of activities provided to residents (and thus enhancing their quality of life)

How has winning an award positively impacted your business?

We have received a lot of recognition from within our industry and I believe that many new sales have come about through the heightened awareness of our resources. I believe that winning the award has greatly enhanced our reputation and generated a lot of interest from companies who may not have previously known about us.

“We are extremely proud to be shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Corporate Citizenship Award. Acorn do not receive funding from any quarter  for our Young Persons Development Model and the oxygen of publicity that this may create will not only help our small business grow, but also enable us to help more young people into the workplace.”

John Wilkson, CEO of Acorn Environment Services

Finalist for the 2015 Lloyds Bank Corporate Citizenship Award

“We’re really happy to have won the UKTI Growth Business of the Year awards. It has been 6 years of an incredible journey of building this business and what a great way to celebrate those achievements.”

George Karibian, Founder and Director of Paymentsense

Winners of the 2015 UKTI Growth Business of the Year

 

 

“We’re really thrilled to have won this award! We believe we have a very innovative product and business, and we’re really happy to see that recognised. We’re based in London, the home of business here in the UK, and to have some recognition on the progress of our business is really important to us.”

Andrew Steele, Project Director at DNAFit and Olympic Athlete

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