Leicestershire Business Awards






We want this year's Business Awards to be a platform for organisations to shout about their amazing work.

The categories have been designed so there is something for organisations of all sizes and sectors.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 10 June.

Selected winners on the night will go on to the national BCC awards.

To start your application you can click here or find out more about the categories below.

Awards Categories

Business Improvement through Technology

This award recognises businesses that have used and integrated technology to boost business performance. Entrants must demonstrate how technology has helped staff work more effectively and led to an increased ability to meet customer’s needs.

Judges will be looking for:

  • How technology has improved processes and efficiency 
  • How does technology help meet customer needs? 
  • How do you use technology to support marketing and communications?

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Community Impact

Recognising businesses, charities and social enterprises that have developed and implemented Corporate Social Responsibility policies as part of their overall business planning. Entrants must be able to demonstrate how their activities have made a positive impact on key social issues affecting their local community.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Your CSR policies 
  • Impact on the local business community 
  • Impact on your employees 
  • New products or services developed as a result of CSR practices

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Outstanding Growth

The judges will be looking for organisations that have achieved exceptional levels of growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs and/or international trade over the past 12 months. Entrants will need to demonstrate, and show, a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

Judges will be looking for:

  • What growth has been achieved 
  • How growth has been achieved 
  • Challenges overcome to achieve this growth 
  • Further growth potential

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Excellence in Collaboration

Fraser StrettonThis category aims to recognise and celebrate successful business partnerships where organisations have collaborated on a project with successful outcomes for those involved.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Details of the collaborative project 
  • A description and examples of benefits and improvements that the collaboration has provided for the businesses involved
  • Plans for future collaboration/ expansion of current collaboration

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Environmental Impact 

This award is open to those organisations who can demonstrate their commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. 

The judges will be looking for:

  • Those who can show a measurable positive impact on the environment by replacing less environmentally friendly products and services 
  • Those who are developing new innovative green technologies to improve the carbon footprint of the end user, all while enhancing their competitiveness
  • Those delivering low carbon networks and partnerships, who are advocates and leaders for carbon reduction. This includes efforts to provide significant and measurable environmental improvements to the wider business community and public
  • Organisations which deliver significant and measurable environmental improvements within their organisation, through supporting employees with initiatives such as, reducing waste, reducing energy consumption, smart travel initiatives, behaviour change.
  • Those who have delivered a significant project with excellent environmental gains over and above the norm

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Commitment to People Development

This award recognises organisations which demonstrate a firm commitment to people development and the implementation and promotion of a learning and development culture, as well as how employee wellbeing is supported. Entrants must demonstrate how this culture has contributed to the business’ overall success.

Judges will be looking for:

  • The importance of people and links to overall business objectives 
  • Approach to learning and development 
  • Effective development strategies 
  • Impact of employee development on your business

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Apprentice of the Year

This award recognises the rising stars who will become the business leaders of tomorrow. Open to all current or past apprentices of any age who can demonstrate they have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace.
This award category can be entered by individuals or a company can complete the entry on behalf of an employee or colleague. 

Judges will be looking for:

  • The ways in which you feel you/the entrant has brought something different to the business 
  • Details of any outcomes that have been implemented as a direct result of your/the entrant’s contribution 
  • How the apprentice uses their own initiative to deliver results  
  • The apprentice’s entrepreneurial skills, ability to work collaboratively and enthusiasm for their role within the business

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Entrepreneur of the Year

This Award recognises the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary business leader. It seeks to define the qualities of successful entrepreneurship – from drive, ambition, vision and tenacity to inspirational leadership, creativity, inventiveness and confidence.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Your vision for the business 
  • How you communicate your ideas 
  • Your impact on the success of your organisation

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Education and Business Partnership

This award recognises schools, colleges, further education and training providers that engage effectively with business. Entrants must demonstrate how they work in partnership with local businesses and how they help pupils develop crucial employability skills valued by employers.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Importance and promotion of engagement with business and soft skills 
  • Your innovative approach to how employability and soft skills are incorporated into learning/training  
  • Achievements and challenges overcome

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Excellence in Customer Service

The judges will be looking for an organisation which delivers industry-leading  standards of service and constantly strives to exceed customer expectations. Entrants will need to demonstrate the impact of their customer service strategy on business performance.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Customer service strategy and accreditation 
  • Performance measures/performance levels 
  • Staff training 
  • Monitoring and measurement of customer service

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Excellence in International Trade

This award recognises the strength of local businesses which trade internationally. Entrants must demonstrate how their objectives and strategies for growth has generated significant and/or sustained increases in their international activity.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Your international trade market and sales 
  • Planning, preparation and challenges 
  • Adaptations made for specific markets 
  • Growth strategies for further international trade

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Small Business of the Year

PPL PRS logoThis award – open to organisations employing up to 75 full-time members of staff – will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance. Entrants will need to demonstrate current activity to grow market share and the effect this is having on business performance.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Your Business’ achievements 
  • Challenges faced 
  • Export activity or potential 
  • Potential for growth

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Excellence in InnovationRSM logo

This category aims to recognise an organisation who has used innovation as a tool to improve business performance. Including any financial benefits, efficiency improvements and customer impacts.

The Judges are looking for:

  • A full description of the innovation including any R&D used to implement the innovation.
  • Examples of the way the innovation has benefitted the organisation's performance and the customer.
  • Details of plans for expansion of the innovation or potential opportunies for other innovation.

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Business of the Year

MazarsThe Business of the Year award sponsored by Mazars is chosen by the judges from the winners of the other individual award categories. The business of the year will be awarded to a business which has shown excellence in their field and is an exemplar to all other businesses within Derbyshire. It will showcase the quality of businesses and the expertise within the county. 



Thank you to all our sponsors for their support, involvement and engagement. It is much appreciated.

Business of the Year Sponsor

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Become a partner

Becoming a partner in the awards is a great way to get involved and align your brand to our keystone activity.

There are a range of opportunities to suit businesses of all sizes and budgets. 

Why not give our Partnerships Manager Sanjib Sahota a call on 07776 596889 or email Sanjib.Sahota@emc-dnl.co.uk.