Small Business

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The Small Business category is open to any business with an annual turnover of less than £1m, regardless of how long it has been trading.

Entries should include accounts for the most recent financial year showing a level of turnover in the range required to be eligible for the award. (Earlystage businesses unable to provide accounts should include a statement that their turnover is less than £1m).

The judges will take into account a broad range of factors including not only financial performance in terms of turnover and profit but also covering aspects such as evidence of growth strategies and growth potential.

They will also be looking for evidence of innovation and will be looking to recognise a business offering a groundbreaking product or service, or novel use of technology, that has been responsible for strong revenue growth within the business.

The judges will also give credit for details of working practices and engagement with employees and the local community, and in areas such as customer care and social responsibility.