Now in their 18th year as the UK’s flagship awards programme, the shortlist of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards has been announced.
In 2019 the awards span across 15 categories, covering everything from data excellence and artificial intelligence to innovation and positive social impact.
“Every entry goes through a rigorous judging process,” said Richard Alvin, Awards Director. “This ensures that the Awards are truly an accolade to world-class achievements. We saw an extremely high level of competition this year, so I would like to personally congratulate all of our finalists, who should feel incredibly proud for making the shortlist.”
All finalists will now present to the judging panel in September, before the black-tie awards ceremony in November.
The Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience & Loyalty Award
Celebrating organisations that deliver outstanding service to their customers, this Award recognises businesses that, firstly, demonstrate the link between excellent customer service, improved profitability and/or value to the bottom line.
The I News New Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The New Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates the potential that exists within leaders of the UK’s most promising start-ups and new SMEs.
The Castle Corporate Finance Scale-Up Award
Recognising a market leading increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last 3 years, this Award will go to the business demonstrating the highest levels of growth and a robust plan to deliver a sustainable financial performance.
The Give A Grad A Go Employer of the Year Awards
Celebrating organisations seeing the best return on an investment in people, this Award recognises the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent – and how being an employer of choice contributes to sustainable growth.
The Innovation Award
The Lloyds Bank Exporter Of The Year Award
Recognising the successful British businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth through exporting, this Award focuses on all aspects of exporting and is looking for sustainable exporting models and innovative practices.
The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business Of The Year Award
Celebrating the contribution of mid-market businesses to the UK economy, this Award recognises businesses who continue to build on their success. Open to any company with a turnover of between £25m to £500m, who has demonstrated exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market prominence in its sector.
The Lloyds Bank New Business Of The Year Award
If you are a high performing, new company trading for fewer than three years with an innovative edge and something to shout about, this could be your award. The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year recognises those companies that have exceeded their initial targets for growth and already show importance within their sector or industry through significant product/service innovation and leadership.
The Lloyds Bank Small To Medium Sized Business of the Year Award
Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the UK economy, this Award recognises the Small to Medium-Sized Business that has maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understands its customer, has an engaged workforce with effective leadership, demonstrated effective use of technology/digital media to engage with all stakeholders (customers, employees, etc.) and is continually innovating to support future growth.
The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award
This award highlights the role of the private or PLC companies, often in partnership with the public and third sectors, in addressing social challenges and improving the communities in which they operate. The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award will recognise those organisations that have achieved a meaningful and sustainable social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work, or through employee-led initiatives.
The Vonage Business Enabler of the Year Award
This award celebrates businesses that help their customers or clients to increase sales and profitability through a competitive advantage, recognising the impact of ‘enablers’ that offer value beyond products, infrastructure and services. These businesses improve their customers’ or clients’ efficiency, develop their talent and diversity and implement catalysing innovation.
The Inflexion Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, this Award recognises an enterprising individual who has achieved sustained levels of growth and strong financial performance through a culture of innovation, resilience and an ethos of inspiring others through their leadership style.
The Experian Data Excellence Award
This award celebrates businesses who understand that smarter data management is not only necessary in 2018, but that it can go far beyond regulatory compliance into competitive advantages, increased customer satisfaction, more engaged staff and a truly transformative experience for business.
The Artificial Intelligence Award
The Leader of the Year Award
This Award is the highest accolade to be presented at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, and will go to an exemplary CEO who has successfully led a strategy for outstanding performance. A long list of potential candidates is compiled throughout the year to identify exemplary industry leaders from four recession-defying organisations.