LONDON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
- Finalists announced for 2014 National Business Awards -
- Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for full shortlist -
Over 140 of Britain's leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have been revealed as finalists for the 2014 National Business Awards, including ten companies that have been shortlisted for the ICAEW Sustainable Business Award.
The finalists for this award include -
Anglian Water Services
Greengage Environmental LLP
This Award focuses on corporate longevity, recognising organisations that have embedded business sustainability practices and principles and are reaping the benefits in terms of improved commercial performance, competitiveness, customer perception, staff engagement, and prospects for continued financial strength.
Richard Spencer, ICAEW's Head of Sustainability, said: "It is now more important than ever for businesses to ensure that sustainability is built into every one of their processes. This award recognises organisations that are ahead of the curve, have made significant progress in ensuring they are built on firm sustainable principles, and are seeing the benefits to their business. Just to be shortlisted is a tremendous achievement, and I congratulate all of the finalists."
Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 15 award categories. They will now make live presentations to a multi-disciplinary panel of judges who will decide the overall winner for each accolade, to be announced at the National Business Awards ceremony on 11 November.
The finalists announced represent awards including The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year, The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year and The Market Gravity Innovation Award. The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year finalists and The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business winner will be announced over the coming months, with the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year finalists announced last month following a judging event in Liverpool.
Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of Judges for the National Business Awards said: "These finalists represent some of the most innovative and inspiring businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises the UK has to offer. In my role as Chair of Judges I'm always interested to see what the finalists are doing differently to stand out in their fields, and this year we have some fantastic examples of success. I'm looking forward to seeing them through the 'Dragon's Den' style judging events."
This year's shortlisted businesses cover activities as diverse as retail, technology, men's grooming products, telecoms, construction, advertising, entertainment and publishing. Of the businesses shortlisted, 24% turnover under £5m, 26% turnover between £5m and £25m, 15% over a billion and 10% are not-for-profit organisations. The smallest business recognised has a turnover of just £23k with the largest reaching £20 billion. With finalists collectively employing over 850,000 people, the smallest has just one full-time member of staff while the largest employs around 165,000 people globally.
Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: "The diversity and quality of this year's finalists have firmly established the National Business Awards as the talent scout for UK plc, with market leading household names recognised alongside the best emerging business brands. With a variety of industries represented, these recovery-leading businesses have demonstrated the return on investment in people, innovation, customer service and leadership."
Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event on 11 November 2014.
The National Business Awards supports The Prince's Trust, a charity that offers practical and financial support to young people who need it.
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its 13th year, the National Business Awards connects the nation's professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round-table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
Categories include -
The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year
The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year
The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year
The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year
The UKTI Digital Business of the Year
The New Business of the Year
The Customer Focus Award
The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award
The Social Enterprise of the Year
The Santander Corporate Citizenship Award
The Market Gravity Innovation Award
The Growth Business of the Year
The Employer of the Year
The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year
The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year
The Grichan Partnership, Friendly Pensions and Lime HR.
About UBM Live
The National Business Awards is organised by UBM Live. UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
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