SME News are delighted to present to you the annual UK Enterprise Awards, proudly encompassing a multitude of exciting and vibrant business industries from across the UK.

SME News are delighted to present to you the annual UK Enterprise Awards, proudly encompassing a multitude of exciting and vibrant business industries from across the UK.

As a business community, the UK, is renowned for its ability to thrive in diverse conditions and strive through times of economic uncertainly. For this reason, SME News celebrates and showcases some of the triumphs from those among the UK’s strongest and most innovative businesses and business owners within the UK Enterprise Awards each year.

In a business landscape on the precipice of change, one thing remains a standard in the UK, a strong work ethic and a diverse and vibrant business culture which, year-upon-year provides numerous successes and victories which can too often be over-looked. With SMEs widely being recognised as being the backbone of the nation’s economy, honouring these businesses, and their perseverance through this demanding period seems appropriate.

Taking part in the UK Enterprise Award programme is the perfect way to show your employees that their efforts are valued by the organisation, whilst also providing the public with evidence of your successes as a business. Notifying stakeholders of your participation in our programme indicates that your business is garnering the attention of third parties, and that word or your expertise, customer service or products offered are creating a buzz within the sector, industry or market.

Winning an UK Enterprise Award is obviously, the goal as this provides you with evidence you need to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, you outshine the competition. Enhancing your victory with visual reminders, allows for the promotion of your brand to extend even further, which in turn can attract talented new employees, looking to work for the best and new clients and customers looking to work with the best.

With award categories for overall business management, growth, products and services offered, and even highlighting specific achievements by individuals, our award programme is the perfect way to commemorate the momentous developments undergone by your business, enterprise or initiative.

Of course, our programme is open to all small businesses operating in the United Kingdom, we also encourage those companies and organisations, who facilitate the growth and development of the business community, to join the programme and allow for their efforts in making certain an equitable opportunity exists for these new and innovative endeavours to thrive.

Our awards are based on merit, not the number of votes received. Our process works to ensure that we reward parties based on their excellence in the industry, the quality of their products and their dedication to service.

Key Dates

Entries Open:

Monday 11th February 2019


Entries Closed:

Monday 8th April 2019


Winners Announced:

Wednesday 31st July 2019

Awards Coordinator

Jessie joined the AI Global Media family in 2016 and has progressed into becoming a most valued and most dedicated team member, applying logic, fairness and true commitment to everything she does. Jessie is inspired by the subscribers, followers and clients of SME News and is keen to ensure that within the UK Enterprise Awards we showcase the businesses that truly are doing great things and stand out within their field for the great service and/or products they offer to their customers.

Our Methodology

Gathering Nominees

Researching nominees

The SME News team work ardently to identify market leaders, innovators and enterprising start-ups, driving many of the nominations themselves.

We also encourage external nominations via the SME News subscribers, online visitors, social media followers, clients and wider circulation.

Nominating parties are invited to put forward either third-party businesses whom they hold in high regard, or their own organisation.

Shortlisting nominees

All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination. Should any firm or individual rather decline at this point, they are simply taken out of the running.

Those formally accepting are given the opportunity to submit additional materials in support of their nomination. Although there is no obligation to complete and supply material, we have found that many nominees value this stage, in the process, as much as our research team do.

Shortlisting
Evaluating and Judging

Evaluating and judging

Our dedicated research team will assess all information presented to them.

The team gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside any material supplied by a nominating party or the nominee themselves.

The research team casts their final judgment, based on various criteria including: client dedication, innovation, business growth, longevity, online reputation, customer feedback and business performance.

The lucky winners

Once winners are determined, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies.

Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner; however, all who take part are encouraged to come back next year.

Once the press embargo is lifted, details of our SME award winners will be made public via the website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.

The Lucky Winners
Making the Most of Your Win

Making the most of your win

We are prepared to offer a range of promotional packages and items to SME award winners, which vary from inclusion in the free-of-charge winners’ directory, to trophies, content in our magazine and on our website.

We encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently. Announcements via company websites, social media, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such an amazing achievement. If you have need of further advice, on how to gain maximum exposure from your win, please feel free to get in touch. We are happy to assist our clients with their needs.

How long has SME News been in circulation for?
SME News was first launched in 2017 making it one of AI Global Media’s newer publications. SME News is a quarterly magazine circulated to just over 100,000 recipients. The publication seeks to inform, entertain, influence and endorse the start-up and SME business culture in the UK. We aim to achieve this by providing quality editorial and rigorous research utilising a multimedia platform capable of targeting key stakeholders of dedicated advisers, experts and contributors.SME News is owned by AI Global Media, a UK based publisher which has over 200 issues to its name since 2010.
Where did the nomination come from?
In the interest of nurturing an environment proven to produce a high response rate, we don’t ask nominees to reveal any personal identity. With regards to methodology, we often nominate candidates ourselves and, when it comes to voting, if you didn’t cast a vote through a self-submission, it is likely to have been cast via a colleague or client who has received one of our direct invitations.One of the main mantras of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received, meaning your award is presented purely on merit. In the interest of security and fairness, we track unusual behaviour on our website to identify repeat votes and cyber-threats.
What happens if I agree to be shortlisted?
In the interest of focusing our efforts on relevant and eager candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist giving people complete control in the decision on whether they would like to move forward with the award. Nominees who accept are subject to our scrutiny during the internal vetting procedure and are given the opportunity to present their own data to be considered alongside information collated by our research team. This can take up to 8 weeks for final assessments to be rendered.
Who makes the final decision?
We employ an entirely impartial panel of 5 individuals to conduct all research. At the helm of the panel, is a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience and is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. SME News’ research is overseen by Sam Jordan-Turner, who holds a master’s in history and experience in coaching, sales and hospitality.This two-tiered system allows for a neutral mediator which we feel allows a more efficient method when determining individuals and companies most deserving of winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner and if so, when does it take place?
The short answer is, no.We decided to not focus our efforts on a celebratory event. Despite being an enjoyable occasion, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. We follow the belief that optional costs associated with an award are better placed in a year’s worth of online marketing for the winner rather than spending large sums on a ceremonial evening.Our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to provide you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
What happens if I am deemed successful?
After you have been notified we enforce a short press embargo while the programme manager will liaise with you to establish your preferred method of coverage. Generally, our coverage takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine, we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted certificates and plaques and digital certificates, web-based advertisements and press releases which can be custom designed for you or your company.
Are there any costs involved?
As mentioned there are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an award with SME News. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners, as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.

Our Winners

UK Enterprise Awards 2019 3D cover

Our featured winners are included in our celebratory awards magazine, published online and circulated to the circulation of SME News. All winners are included in our winners directory. Once a year's winners have been announced the full list of winners for that year will be available to view by clicking on the equivalent button displayed below.

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Testimonials

Dynamic HR Services is delighted to have been awarded 'Best HR Management Consultancy' in partnership with SME News. Proud to be recognised for striving to do things differently, and innovating in an industry which can sometimes appear staid.The SME news team have been fantastic. Thanks to everyone involved.

Natalie Lewis - Director, Dynamic HR Services

SME News were so very professional to communicate with, we received guidance and assistance exactly as required and we have no hesitation to recommend SME News to any future customer.Here at I Giardini di Sorrento Italian Restaurant, Cardiff, had an immediate increase in public awareness from both SME and our own media posts. We have grown in strength over past 3 years, as a direct result, and thank them for their contribution and wish them every success going forward.

Massimo Fraioli

The SME team are very friendly and helpful. SME News has helped to promote my business in a unique and very positive way. An award from SME means a lot to me as It is clear that they are team that are seeking out the best of British businesses and help them to succeed and grow.

Martin Rapley - The Bug Man

SME News has been highly professional throughout, taking the time to understand our company and what makes us stand out from the crowd. A publication that is a true insight in the SME market, the faces behind the businesses and the challenges they face building a company every day. A recommended read and something I encourage with my team.

Inspired B2B Marketing

The team at SME News is excellent and the whole process is easy and stress-free. They are very responsive and supportive making the entire journey an exciting one. We look forward to working with them next year and for many years ahead. I would highly recommend any company or individual to work with the team.

Shabbar DHalla - Managing Care Limited

SME News has been very professional from the start to end, we are delighted to have been recognised for our accomplishments and success to date. Communication has been excellent and questions answered immediately. Without doubt our business has been promoted professionally and has assisted in our local profile/ brand being elevated and has generated new enquiries locally.

Jean Orsbourn - Happy Kids Childminding Service

All emails were responded to promptly by the SME News team, I never had to chase anything up and the staff was always polite and courteous.The award has created not only the perfect PR opportunity but we have gained extra business because of the award. Its created a buzz locally and people are talking about our recent award. We've circulated a press release to all local press, lifestyle magazines, social media & website. This is the perfect opportunity, to create lots of noise about your business.

Julia Carr - Elegance Bridal Studio

Our Awards Team

Our Awards Team

Jane Henderson - Director
Jane is one of three directors at AI Global Media, the publishing house behind SME News. Jane is committed to ensuring that each winner of an SME News award not only has a great experience but also gains maximum value for their win.

Jeremy Roe - Head of Research
Jeremy is dedicated to his research team and to the readers, nominees and award winners of SME News. Jeremy's diligent approach is carried across to this team members ensuring quality in the research carried out on behalf of SME News.

Sam Jordan-Turner - SME News Lead Researcher
Sam is fascinated by the business world, with a keen interest in the finer details of how a business may succeed and the path taken in creating truly great things. Sam is committed to uncovering what makes a business tick, ensuring that we gain a good understanding of the businesses nominated for our awards as well as our eventual winners.

Steven Simpson - SME News Awards Team Leader
Steven came to the group in 2015 and has since proven to be a most respected, conscientious and valued team member. Steven oversees a number of SME News' key awards programmes ensuring that all nominees and winners receive a great experience from the team and that our winners are supported in gaining maximum exposure from such an amazing achievement.