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Do you provide an outstanding service, solution or product for your customers? Do you consult to businesses to enable their growth or improve their productivity? Has your company given your clients a competitive advantage that has enabled them to attract or retain their own customers? This award celebrates businesses who help their customers to increase sales, profitability or performance through a competitive advantage, recognising the impact of ‘enablers’ that offer value beyond products, solutions and services.

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There is a wealth of evidence that diversity, equity & inclusion drives value, engagement, impact and growth for all organisations – yet it still hasn’t been fully embraced by the majority. Often, it is a visionary and influential individual or market leader who drives diversity as a role model, advocate, challenger or champion. Diversity champions are pro-active in driving the right initiatives, setting the most meaningful metrics and proving the commercial case for DE&I. They encourage open conversations, challenge the status quo and bring people together with a shared vision of a brighter future. The DE&I Champion of the Year Award is open to any individual or business that is able to demonstrate the success of DE&I policies and initiatives to improve diversity, equity or inclusion.

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Have you achieved significant international growth with your product or service? Has a relationship with a business partner overseas delivered significant growth in your company’s sales and profits? This award recognises successful British businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth through exporting products, services and solutions.

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In a highly competitive talent market, with labour and skills shortages across all sectors, being recognised as a an employer of choice is vital to attract and retain the best people. Employee expectations about where and how they work have changed. Wellbeing, personal and professional development, and flexibility are as important as salary and other financial incentives. This award celebrates organisations that go the extra mile through all stages of the employee lifecycle, from recruitment to inclusion and development. Judges will look for evidence of how employees are engaged in company values and purpose, how human and supporting resources have been optimised, and how this has made you an employer of choice in your industry. They will also look at investment in people, initiatives to create a more collaborative culture, and the impact this has had on commercial performance.

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The FTSE 100 Business of the Year Award celebrates excellence amongst the UK’s biggest firms. It recognises corporate employers of choice that have delivered the highest levels of customer service and loyalty, and the best returns to shareholders, whilst creating value and opportunity in the communities and markets they operate in. A long list of nominees is compiled to identify 10 exemplary businesses with inspirational leaders who are invited to champion both their organisations and their industries as finalists for this award.

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Has your business undergone a major transformation in the past 24 months? Have you successfully completed a phase of transformation as part of an ambitious change initiative? Have you adopted new technologies to help streamline processes? Have you restructured or re-organised your workforce to enable your business to operate more effectively? Have you re-trained or up-skilled your people to capitalise on new opportunities, new markets or new business models? This Award recognises any organisation that has undergone or embarked upon a transformation programme to adapt to challenges or optimise new opportunities. Judges will look at all stages of transformation, from scope and research to clear objectives and KPIs to milestones and achievements.

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Have you exceeded your growth expectations over the last 18 months? Has your business achieved a substantial increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last 2 years? This award recognises businesses demonstrating growth across a range of metrics and a robust plan to deliver sustained financial success and impact.

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Is innovation or a culture of continual improvement at the heart your organisation? Has your business successfully challenged established market leaders or proved the commercial success of a new product, process, solution or service? This award celebrates British innovation in all of its forms across the private, public and third sectors. Innovation has put the UK at the forefront of many industries, and helped it to create new ones. This award will recognise organisations of all sizes and stages of scale that have successfully applied innovation. Judges will be looking for evidence of how applied innovation, invention or improvement have had an exemplary impact on business, industry or community.

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Are you an inspiring and visionary founder who has proved a business model or translated an idea into financial success? Have you created value for your team, your investors or the wider community? Why are you an exemplary leader and what can the wider entrepreneurial community learn from your style and approach? Focusing on the personal contribution of a dynamic leader, this Award recognises an enterprising individual who has achieved sustained growth and strong financial performance by building an engaged and productive team with a culture of innovation and resilience, effective management and inspirational leadership.

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The Leader of the Year Award is the highest accolade to be presented at The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards and will go to an exemplary CEO who has successfully led a strategy for outstanding performance. A long list of nominees is compiled through the year to identify five exemplary industry champions who have demonstrated the key attributes of successful leadership to achieve their ambitions.

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Have you consolidated your position in the market with clear competitive differentiation and a loyal client base? Have you exceeded growth expectations or achieved above average commercial performance for your industry or stage of scale? This award celebrates the contribution of Mid-Sized Businesses, or MSBs, to the UK economy in creating employment and value. Contenders for this award can demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth, customer and innovation strategies, and market prominence in their sector.

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Has your new company shown incredible growth in customers or sales over the last three years? Have you scaled your new business and proved the success of your product or service? Has your mission, plan and team impressed a lender or investor enough to help fund your growth – or have you grown organically with profitable sales? If you are a high performing new business that has been trading for fewer than three years with an innovation or success story worth shouting about, this could be your award. New Business of the Year recognises companies that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and made an impact in their industry with innovation and leadership. The winning entry will demonstrate that their business concept has met and overcome challenges, adapted to the demands of their market, shown significant innovation, built a strong team and has the foundations for continued success and further growth.

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A shared vision and purpose gives direction to teams and galvanises people to go beyond to achieve a meaningful and ambitious goal. A clear purpose engages a range of stakeholders, from customers and employees to investors, who are reassured by a long-term plan for impact and growth. This special award recognises organisations who put their purpose before profit and prove that ethics, integrity and a social conscience make commercial sense. The British Business Excellence Awards and Octopus Energy for Business have partnered to pay tribute to those organisations that have gone above and beyond to make a real impact in their industry or community.

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Have you achieved average annualised growth of at least 20% over the last three years and exceeded expectations over the last 18 months? Has your business entered a new phase of growth, with a substantial increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion in recent years?

This award recognises rapidly scaling businesses demonstrating the highest levels of growth and a robust plan to deliver sustained financial success.

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There are over 5.5 million small businesses in the UK, which employ nearly 13 million people and generate £1.6 trillion in revenue (GOV.UK) so play a vitally important role in both national and local economies. Despite the impact of the pandemic and acute talent shortages, many small businesses have not only demonstrated their resilience but innovation and customer engagement to succeed over the last year. Celebrating the contribution of Small Businesses to the UK economy, this award recognises exemplary firms that have sustained growth, adapted to the changing expectations of customers and the evolving workforce, demonstrated effective leadership, and are continually innovating to succeed.

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UK SME’s are the backbone of the British economy. Are you proud of what your company has achieved? How have you adapted to a post-pandemic economy and a new talent landscape to succeed over the last year? Celebrating the contribution of Small to Medium-Sized Businesses to the UK economy, this award recognises SMEs that have maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understand their customers, have an engaged workforce with effective leadership, and are continually innovating to support future growth.

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Are you a business that puts sustainability, social and environmental impact at the core of your values, operations and ambitions? Is sustainability a fundamental part of your business plan, and is it a key part of how you measure success? How are you driving this in your supply chain and local community? Open to private, public and third sector organisations, this award recognises those demonstrating the commercial case for a sustainable and ethical approach. This award highlights the role of organisations of all sizes in addressing social, economic, environmental and ethical challenges and achieving commercial success. The Sustainable Business of the Year will recognise those organisations that have achieved meaningful and sustainable impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work or employee led initiatives. Judges will look for evidence of how these organisations have brought their values to life, embedded the approach throughout the whole organisation and aligned them with their commercial objectives.

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A record £24 billion was invested in UK tech businesses in 2022 and the UK was the first country in Europe to reach 100 tech unicorns, according to Tech Nation.

The pandemic increased the adoption of technology and in the years since digital transformation has accelerated the evolution of how and where we work, transact business and deliver impact.

The UK tech sector encompasses a range of industries, with disruptive technology enabling challengers to become market leaders. Tech businesses have re-written the rules on how to grow and create value.

This award recognises tech businesses demonstrating the highest levels of innovation, customer engagement and growth and a robust plan to deliver sustained financial success.

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