Leicestershire Business Awards

We are delighted that the Business Awards will be returning in 2021 to celebrate the amazing achievements of businesses in Leicestershire.

There are 14 categories to choose from and we have tweaked the categories to give more organisations the opportunity to tell their story.

Selected winners will go on to the national BCC awards.

Last year, our social media posts got over three million impressions on our social media so the awards are a great opportunity to shout about your work.

The closing date for entries is Friday 7 May.

Awards Categories

Business Improvement through Technology

DMU logoThis award recognises organisations that have integrated technology into the way they work, to help them grow their business.

Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to work more effectively and increase their ability to meet the needs of their customers. Businesses will need to demonstrate the effect that the technology has had on their work.

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Community ImpactEMH group

This award recognises businesses, charities and social enterprises that have Corporate Social Responsibility as a key part of their planning.

Entrants will showcase how they identified, and made a positive impact on issues within their local community.

Businesses will demonstrate not only the impact their actions have had, but also the process that went into the planning of their CSR activites.

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Outstanding Growth

Morningside PharmaThis award is open to businesses of all sizes and rewards those that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade.

Finalists will also need to demonstrate how the plans they have in place to make sure that the growth is sustainable.

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Collaboration Award

The lettings and salesWe are looking for organisations which have worked together for a common goal. This award is for organisations that have combined their skills to demonstrate what can be achieved by working together. 

You will need to demonstrate how the collaboration came about as well as how working together gave better results than could have been achieved by a single organisation.


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Environmental Impact 

Cambridge and Counties BankThe Environmental Impact Award will be awarded to an organisation which has put environmental sustainability at the core of its business.

The winning business will demonstrate a measurable commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. 

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Commitment to People Development

DMU logoThe winner of this award will showcase a commitment to the development of staff through the promotion of a learning and development culture and employee wellbeing.


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Apprentice of the Year

The Apprentice of the Year category celebrates the business leaders of the future.Loughborough College The award recognises the rising stars of business who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation they work in. Finalists will demonstrate how they have shown exceptional progress during the past year. 

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Entrepreneur of the Year

This Award recognises a dynamic and creative business leader.

The winner will showcase their drive, tenacity, vision and an ability to provide inspirational leadership.


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Education and Business Partnership

Aimed at schools, colleges and further education providersthat engage effectively with business, this award recognises those which can demonstrate partnership working with local businesses and how they help pupils develop crucial employability skills valued by employers.

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Excellence in Customer Service

ER logoRecognising organisations with a focus on customer service and care, this award has been designed for businesses which can demonstrate excellence and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations.

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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 have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their international activity. 

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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 a company that has achieved consistent growth backed by strong financial performance. Entrants will demonstrate current activity to grow market share and the effect this is having on business performance.

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Excellence in Innovation

RSM logo award recognises businesses that have used innovation to strengthen their business. Lots of businesses have had to change the way they do things and this award is for anyone who thought outside ofthe box to increase efficiencies.

Entrants will demostrate how their innovations have effected performance and how this has benefited the customer or been part of their 'Green agenda' 


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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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Creative 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.