The Growing Business Awards is on the hunt for the best UK firms that are helping drive economic recovery, amid reports that SMEs are set to help UK GDP growth hit 3.1% this year.
SMEs can now nominate themselves via the Growing Business Awards website for a chance to be recognised for their entrepreneurial success.
The awards, in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, have celebrated many of the UK’s finest high-growth businesses, including now-household names such as EasyJet, Phones 4U, Zoopla and LoveFilm, which was acquired by Amazon in 2013.
For 2014, the awards will add two new categories. Retail Hero will recognise outstanding growing businesses from eCommerce to the high street, and Brand Builder of the Year will celebrate the UK’s most recognisable new household names.
Entrants will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including Zoopla CEO and founder Alex Chesterman, serial entrepreneurs Dr Stephen Fear and Lara Morgan, and Martyn Dawes, the founder of Coffee Nation.
Nominations close on September 19 and award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on 25th November.
CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall said: “With confidence rising and businesses investing, we now have a strong launch pad to propel the economy forward. The UK’s growing businesses are playing a critical role in keeping our economy motoring. These entrepreneurial firms are our future champion companies, and the CBI is proud to celebrate their successes and to support these awards.”
The Growing Business Awards is organised by trade publication Real Business.