Com­pa­nies in­vited to en­ter Grow­ing Busi­ness Awards

Nom­i­na­tions needed by Septem­ber in 15 cat­e­gories

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

A COM­PE­TI­TION that cel­e­brates busi­nesses driv­ing the UK econ­omy is now open for en­tries.

The Real Busi­ness Grow­ing Busi­ness Awards, held in as­so­ci­a­tion with Lloyds Bank and sup­ported by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish In­dus­try (CBI) is now open for en­tries.

The awards, de­signed to recog­nise the or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als that are driv­ing the UK econ­omy, open fol­low­ing re­ports from the CBI of in­creas­ing lev­els of growth across all main sec­tors.

The awards, first held 17 years ago, re­ceived a record num­ber of award en­tries last year.

Win­ners in­cluded First Util­ity, the UK’s largest and fastest-grow­ing in­de­pen­dent energy sup­plier, awarded Grow­ing Busi­ness of the Year: Larger Com­pany (turnover £50m plus) and Watchfinder, which took home Re­tail Hero.

There are 15 cat­e­gories in to­tal, in­clud­ing Brand Builder of the Year, Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year and Dig­i­tal Cham­pion.

The two new cat­e­gories for 2015 are B2B Busi­ness of the Year, which recog­nises ex­cep­tional, high-growth, in­no­va­tive B2B busi­nesses with the po­ten­tial to scale, and Mi­cro Busi­ness of the Year, de­signed to celebrate small but per­fectly formed com­pa­nies with a max­i­mum of 10 staff.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a gala awards din­ner and cer­e­mony tak­ing place at the Lon­don Mar­riott Grosvenor Square on Novem­ber 26

CBI Di­rec­tor for Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Matthew Fell said: “Bri­tain’s scaleup busi­nesses have a huge role to play in con­tin­u­ing to drive growth and cre­ate jobs right across the coun­try.

“Each year, the Grow­ing Busi­ness Awards show­case the very best of the tal­ent and in­ge­nu­ity of our small firms. We wish all nom­i­nees the best of luck.”

Head of events at Caspian Media Amy Car­roll added: “The Grow­ing Busi­ness Awards are the most well es­tab­lished, highly re­spected recog­ni­tion of SME and en­tre­pre­neur­ial suc­cess in the UK. While we’re proud of this her­itage we’re al­ways tak­ing steps to keep the pro­gramme fresh, hence the new cat­e­gories for this year. Smaller or­gan­i­sa­tions are play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role, so en­trants to the Mi­cro Busi­ness of the Year cat­e­gory will be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing ones to watch.”

Nom­i­na­tions will close on Septem­ber 18. For more in­for­ma­tion or to vote visit www.gba. re­al­busi­

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