International Business of the Year

The International Business of the Year is open to both novice and established importers and exporters. The winner will demonstrate how working internationally has benefited their business profitability, growth and strategy.
 
Entry criteria:
 
  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us about your current business success particularly your international performance and share your evidence
  • Explain why this is impressive compared to your competitors and peers
  • Demonstrate that this successful export performance is sustainable long term
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 

Ethical - Green Business

This award is designed to recognise the most ethical, socially responsible or green business out there.

Entry criteria

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us about your current business success particularly the Ethical/CSR/Green aspects and share your evidence
  • Explain why this is impressive compared to your competitors and peers
  • Share how your business has improved with the introduction of these Ethical/CSR/Green aspects and that this is sustainable
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business. Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman.

Business & Product Innovation Award

This award is where bold, new business models and innovative products delivering dramatic results can shine. The award recognises innovative business models, products and services implemented within the business, offering a point of difference to competitors and peers and moving the business forward.

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us how your business has used innovation, either through development of a new product or process to move your business forward.
  • Let us know why this is an innovation to your business or in your market.
  • Explain to us how your business has changed as a result of this innovation.
  • Share your evidence of how this innovation has directly improved your business's performance.
  • Demonstrate that this improved business performance is sustainable long term.
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 
     

Micro Business of the Year

Celebrating micro businesses punching above their weight, including sole traders and the self-employed businesses with fewer than ten employees.

Entry criteria

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us about your current business successes
  • Explain why this is impressive compared to your competitors and peers
  • Share your evidence of successful business performance
  • Demonstrate that this successful business performance is sustainable long term
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 
     

Start-Up Business of the Year

For businesses that have turned a great idea into a viable business within the last two years and are now reaping the rewards.

Entry criteria

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us about your current start-up successes
  • Explain why this is impressive compared to other start-ups
  • Share your evidence of successful start-up performance
  • Demonstrate that your successful start-up is sustainable long term
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 

Scale-Up Business of the Year

For businesses that have taken the leap to a whole new level, demonstrating true entrepreneurial spirit, market leading growth and outstanding leadership.

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us about your current business success and how it has scaled-up
  • Explain why this is impressive compared to your competitors and peers
  • Share your evidence of successful business performance
  • Demonstrate that this successful business performance is sustainable long term
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 

Family Business of the Year

Championing the big contribution family firms make to business, this category seeks to reward the UK's top family-run smaller businesses. 

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business and the family members involved.
  • Tell us a bit about your current business success.
  • Explain to us why this is impressive compared to other family businesses.
  • Share your evidence of successful business performance.
  • Demonstrate that this successful performance is sustainable long term.
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 

 Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

For entrepreneurs aged 30 or less (by 23 May 2019) who have demonstrated drive, ambition and vision to take their business to the next level. The judges will be looking for 18 months of sustained growth supported by a robust business plan.

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us a bit about your current success.
  • Explain why this is impressive for your size and compared to any competitors.
  • Share your evidence of successful business performance and your vision to take this to the next level.
  • Demonstrate that this successful business performance is sustainable long term.
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 

Employer of the Year

For businesses that invest in their employees and see the benefits that arise from attracting, developing and retaining their staff.

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us a bit about your current business success, in particular how you invest, develop and retain employees.
  • Share how your business has improved with the introduction of these employer led initiatives.
  • Demonstrate that this successful business performance is sustainable long term.
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman. 

Community Business of the Year Award – Area only

For businesses that partake in initiatives that support their local community, including apprenticeships, or make a positive impact through employee led activities. 

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Share your evidence of successful community business performance and how your business partakes in initiatives that support your local community.

Digital Innovation Award

This award recognises businesses that have used digital innovation to achieve growth, exceptional customer experience and increased financial performance.

Entry Criteria:

  • Tell us briefly about your business
  • Tell us a bit about your current business success, particularly online performance and optimisation of all aspects of ecommerce to achieve growth and strong financial performance.
  • Explain to us why this is impressive compared to your competitors and peers.
  • Share your evidence of successful online business performance. Including
    • Innovation & delivery
    • Integration with digital lead generation
    • Security, data and ethical trading policies
    • Staff engagement
    • Customer service
    • Leadership & management
  • Tell us about any difficulties faced by your business.  Your information will be entered into a special award to be selected by the FSB National Chairman.