If you are a busy entrepreneur with a thriving new business, then you can easily be forgiven for thinking that SME business awards are the last thing you want to be bothered with.
But think again. Award wins can provide important third-party endorsement for your business, boosting your credibility across your industry and target markets.
What’s more, as these events usually generate a lot of online and offline PR, an award win can give you a large amount of publicity and all for free.
In fact, just entering SME business awards demonstrates to both your customers and your industry that you have a commitment to excellence and success.
So if you do feel your start-up business or SME is exceptional, why not enter some awards to prove it!
Here are just three upcoming awards that it is worth keeping your eye on. Watch out for who wins and why. Then, if you feel you can be a contender for next year’s awards, start prepping that amazing submission!
Startups Awards 2016
Royal Garden Hotel, London on 17th November
If your business started trading less than four year’s ago, then you are eligible to enter these prestigious awards.
With 13 categories covering everything from ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Tech Business of the Year’, these awards recognize the most innovative and ambitious new businesses in the UK.
What’s more, as a winner you will join some of the country’s finest entrepreneurial businesses including Ella’s Kitchen, Secret Escapes and The Cambridge Satchel Company. Now that’s the sort of cache that can truly catapult your business into the headlines!
To find out more about the Startups Awards click here.
Growing Business Awards 2016
The Brewery, London on 30th November
Another set of awards that recognize SME and entrepreneurial success, the Amazon Growing Business Awards provide respected recognition for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
In fact, previous winners have included such household names as Innocent Drinks and Lovefilm, so becoming an award winner alongside such big brands would be an amazing signifier of your success.
What’s more, there is a host of categories you can enter from ‘Micro Business of the Year’ to ‘Employer of the Year’.
Just check out the many categories here and get planning for next year’s submission: http://gba.realbusiness.co.uk
Business Brilliance Awards
The Bentley Hotel, London on 1st December
Another set of awards dedicated to shining a spotlight on trailblazing entrepreneurs and stunning start-ups is the Business Brilliance Awards.
Again you can choose from a wide range of awards categories from ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ to ‘Brilliance in Environmental and Corporate Sustainability’, so click here to check out the categories and get your mind whirring over the best one for you.
Other SME business awards
Of course, these are only a few of the UK business awards aimed at start-ups and growing businesses.
Many trade associations, chambers of commerce and city newspapers run their own business awards every year, so it is worth doing some research to find out about the most relevant awards opportunities for your SME.
Sure, in some cases you might need to take quite a while pulling your submission together, but it will all be worth it when you are holding that award on stage to the sound of applause and the flashing of cameras; a welcome and useful recognition for all your hard work!
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