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Growing Business Awards 2016

30 November 2016
The Brewery, London

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Growing Business Awards 2016

30 November 2016
The Brewery, London

Created by Real Business, sponsored by Amazon and supported by the CBI, The Amazon Growing Business Awards are the UK’s most established and respected recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success.

Since their launch in 1999, the Amazon Growing Business Awards have celebrated exceptional businesses and outstanding entrepreneurs. Previous winners include Innocent Drinks, Betfair, Lovefilm and Fever-Tree, while VIP guests to have graced the ceremony include Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Key Dates
Nominations open1 June
Nominations close23 September
Finalists announced29 September
Judging day & PartyEarly October
Awards night30 November

Choose Your Category…

Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+)

High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class privately owned UK companies

See the category criteria here


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Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover £25m-£50m)
Sponsored By:

High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class privately owned UK companies

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Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover less than £25m)

High growth, high quality. This award recognises world class privately owned UK companies

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B2B Business of the Year
Sponsored By:

Celebrating innovation and excellence in growing B2B businesses

This award recognises exceptional market leading, high growth, and innovative B2B businesses that have significant potential to continue to scale.

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Consumer Business of the Year
Sponsored By:

For outstanding growing consumer businesses

This award recognises the UK’s exceptional and innovative growing consumer businesses.

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Digital Business of the Year
Sponsored By:

Highlighting digital businesses who are changing their markets –  and creating new ones – through the application of digital technology

This award recognises those challenging traditional industry and business practices; building a successful business from this disruptive activity; and acting as a champion for the new digital economy.

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Employer of the Year

Celebrating companies with a clear commitment to investment in people

We’re asking you to show how your business is an outstanding employer with an exceptional focus on best practice across the board in the fields of diversity, good corporate governance and outstanding staff development.

This shortlist will be published on Real Business and opened for votes in September.

See the entry criteria here


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Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored By:

The biggest individual accolade, presented to a very special entrepreneur 

Won in the past by inspirational entrepreneurs such as Mike Lynch (Autonomy), Alastair Lukies (Monitise), and Glen Manchester (Thunderhead).

Candidates can be long-standing, established entrepreneurs with a track record of business success and excellence; or newer entrepreneurs who are challenging industry norms.

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Export Champion of the Year
Sponsored By:

Celebrating UK companies succeeding in the international marketplace

This award honours UK companies expanding or launching operations overseas. In particular, this award recognises firms whose recent international achievements inspire other UK companies to trade internationally.

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Innovator of the Year

Celebrating genuine innovation in all aspects of business

… from unusual management strategies to disruptive business models and from ground-breaking product design to cutting edge manufacturing techniques.

This award recognises mid-sized and smaller companies that have challenged conventional thinking in their market or industry – and seen positive commercial results as an outcome.

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Franchisee of the Year

Recognising outstanding franchisee businesses

This award recognises exceptional and innovative franchisee businesses.

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Micro Business of the Year

Small but perfectly formed. Recognising outstanding companies with ten or fewer staff.

We are looking for small teams of exceptional quality who are punching above their weight.

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Rural Business of the Year

Recognising outstanding growing businesses based in rural areas

The Rural Business of the Year award recognises exceptional and innovative growing businesses based in rural areas.

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The Triumph over Adversity Award

Recognising businesses that have overcome difficulties and are back on the path to success.

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Young Company of the Year
Sponsored By:

Recognising the new businesses who are rejuvenating the UK’s economy

This award recognises first-class new companies (that started trading in or after 2012) that are changing/challenging their industry – and are on track to be significant players in the future.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Recognising the dynamic next generation of entrepreneurs

This award has been the launchpad for many of UK’s finest young entrepreneurs, and recognises those aged 30 years old (or younger) on November 30 2016.

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  • “Winning the Growing Business Awards provides great recognition for the whole team - and acknowledges their individual contributions to past and ongoing success.”

    John Treharne CEO, The Gym Group

Headline Sponsor

Sponsors

Charity Partner

  • “Our success has enabled us to expand and receiving this Growing Business Award is the crowning glory. The Award is for everyone who helps to make our business great.”

    Dr Dan Forster Founder, The Mobile Vet

 The Night

One of the highlights of the entrepreneurial calendar, bringing together the very best of UK business and industry VIPs.  

Schedule
18:45
Champagne reception
19:15
Welcome speeches
19:45
Dinner
21:30
The Amazon Growing Business Awards
23:00
Cash Bar
01:00
Carriages

 The Venue

The Amazon Growing Business Awards will be held at the Brewery’s famous Porter Tun room, one of the largest and oldest unobstructed event spaces in London.

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  • “Winning this Award had a huge impact on my business as it gives potential and current clients the reassurance that they are dealing with a reputable and reliable business.

    It also gave us nationwide exposure which drummed up more business for us as a group.”

    Joe Fogel Managing Director, The Vaio-Pak Group

Judges 2016

Alumni Include…

2015

2015

Zopa Growing Business of the Year – Smaller Company

Tangle Teezer Export Champion of the Year

2014

2014

Ve Interactive Digital Champion

First Utility Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company

2013

2013

Blippar  Digital Champion

Zoopla Property Group Company of the Year – Larger Firm

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