June 15, 2010 - Anonymous

Last call for firms to enter National Business Awards

Business owners who have had outstanding success in areas including innovation, staff wellbeing or customer service, are being urged to enter the National Business Awards before 23 June.

The awards are sponsored by Orange and are open to businesses of all sizes in any industry. Twelve prizes are available, including the Employer of the Year award and the Excellence in Marketing award.

Three award categories are aimed specifically at small firms:

  • SME Business of the Year, for the company that can best demonstrate growth, innovation and business results
  • The Health, Work and Wellbeing Award, for the best example of promoting staff wellbeing
  • The Customer Focus Award, which recognises outstanding improvements in customer service.

Each entrant will be given a benchmarking report assessing the strength of their entry against others in their category. In addition, every small-business finalist will receive a practical “how-to” marketing and PR pack.

Finalists and winners can also expect to receive extensive publicity across regional and national media. The 2009 awards generated over 2,000 pages of newsprint.

"It has been a tough couple of years for business, but despite that we have seen real innovation enabling new ways of achieving success,” said Martin Stiven, vice president of business at Orange. “Entering the National Business Awards is a great way to highlight that success while ensuring customers and employees recognise the strength of the finalists and winning organisations.”

Entries cost £175 plus VAT, which includes the cost of the benchmarking report. Winners will be announced on 27 July 2010. The deadline for entries is 23 June 2010.