National Business Awards now open for entries

The National Business Awards is now open for entries, and there are a couple of entry categories that may be well worth a look for you lovely Smarta readers.

The Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award is open to any business with annual turnover of less than £10m, and goes to the company “that best demonstrates significant growth and innovation in its market sector, under-pinned by strong financial performance.”

There’s also the Health Work & Wellbeing Award for Small Business, for a business with less than 250 employees that can prove it has best improved their wellbeing. Free fruit in the office probably ain’t quite enough to cut it, but if you’ve gone further than that to promote healthy lifestyle choices and support people with health conditions, go for it.

For the more ambitious and financially aggressive of you, there’s the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which measures innovation, exploiting a market gap and sales and profit.

There are also awards for technology  and innovation, as well as a fair few awards for larger companies.

The website explains the following benefits of scooping one of the prestigious awards in November, and even what can be gained just from applying. Which, of course, are all the pros of applying to any relevant awards, and explain why it’s such a worthwhile thing to do if you have time and confidence in your chances at success:

1. Reflect on your success
Often in the busy environment of everyday business, achievements can be easily forgotten. Completing the entry form allows you to pause and consider what contributed to your success and where you can go from here.

2. Measure your performance
A benchmarking report (included in your registration fee), will assess the strength of your entry against others in your category. Unlike industry specific Awards you will be able to gauge how your business compares against the very best in all UK industries.

3. Positive PR
Being selected as a winner or finalist is a great achievement and a real opportunity to generate positive publicity for your business across all media.

4. Differentiate your business
What better way to make your business stand out than being a national Award winner in the UK’s most prestigious, cross-industry Awards programme? Demonstrate to your current and future customers, employees and competitors that yours is an exceptional business.

5. Celebrate your achievements
A representative of all short listed finalists is invited to attend the Award Ceremony and Dinner free of charge and you will have priority on table bookings for the night. A fantastic event and opportunity to meet people from other successful businesses.”

To find out more about entering business awards competitions and what other big ones are on offer,check out Emma Jones’s column here.

The deadline for the 2009 National Business Awards’ is July 23, and you can find out how to enter here.

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