SME News is delighted to announce the Southern Enterprise Awards; with the focus of recognising and rewarding the often-un-noticed efforts of SMEs from the region with the second highest annual turnover in the UK.
SME News proudly presents the third consecutive Southern Enterprise Awards, allowing us the privilege and opportunity to reward the hardworking individuals and firms hailing from this dynamic region.
With the number of businesses per person being higher in Southern England than anywhere else in the UK, there is a wealth of award-worthy candidates. We accept nominees across every business sector and seek out the very best small and medium enterprises along with the enthusiastic and determined people who lead and enable them.
The impact of COVID-19 has wreaked unprecedented upheaval and many in the business community are still getting to grips with the biggest peace-time crisis they’ve ever had to deal with. It has however, offered business leaders an opportunity to innovate and bring about permanent positive change and this is an incredibly exciting time to be nominated and get noticed.
Simply being nominated can have a huge impact on employee morale and customer engagement and for the companies that go on to win, there are endless ways to maximise the PR opportunity to their advantage. To move successfully from nominee to winner, there must be evidence of extensive expertise and skills, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an on-going commitment to excellence and innovation demonstrated by the nominated business.
The Southern Enterprise Awards are judged purely on a merit. In order to determine our worthy winners, our in-house research team carefully analyse the information that is available both online and in the public domain as well as any materials supplied by nominees. Additionally, nominees are provided the opportunity to prepare a short case file disclosing details of their chosen business sector and practice, as well as any previous accolades awarded.
Case files, product samples and media packs are all accepted but are not mandatory. Our awards are based on quality, not the number of votes received. Our process works to ensure that we reward parties based on their reputation, commitment, innovation, determination and contribution to society.
With all this in mind if you know of, operate or are a member of an organisation, which you feel is worthy of acknowledgement, then please complete the voting form. If you would like further information on how you can get involved, or our awards process then please get in touch with the programme coordinator Holly Morris by using the contact details provided.
Monday 22nd June 2020
Wednesday 5th August 2020
Holly is a dedicated and highly-motivated team member. Holly has spent much of her career in various marketing roles which puts her in a great position to really hone in on what small businesses need to market their company. She is able to support award winners in selecting the right package to suit their individual needs and budget and then in turn gain maximum exposure on the back of their award win. Holly is extremely customer-focused ensuring an excellent service for all Southern Enterprise Award nominees and winners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What an amazing feeling I am so delighted to announce that I have won "Henna Artist of the year 2020" award, by SME NEWS UK Enterprise Awards. This feels so unreal and has not sunk in I can not thank everyone enough, who nominated and voted for me and for all the love and support I have from you all. I want to take this opportunity to thank all my family, friends, followers & supporters for always encouraging me and being so supportive in my henna journey. I want to especially thank my parents and my husband for all their support in this field of work which can be extremely long hours. Once again thank you so much to SME NEWS UK Enterprise Awards for this amazing award.
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.
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
My company has benefited greatly, we have another award to add to our collection and it's great publicity to shout about over social media. From a marketing and PR perspective, it's invaluable to win industry awards and it all helps because the health and fitness industry is fiercely competitive.
Emma Newham - MyBody Studios
The team at SME News were highly competent and professional. Along with being very helpful during the whole process. They used their expertise and resources to perfect the content to ensure the message and content was on point and relevant. I am delighted with their support and service and would recommend them to my connections and clients. I would most definitely work with SME News again in the future.
Rachel Wade - Opt HR Limited
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.
Martyn Walters – SME News Lead Researcher
Martyn joined the business in 2015 and rapidly became an integral part of the research team. Martyn has a keen interest in understanding businesses from those just starting out to those that have cemented their place in their market for decades or more. He also understands that an award win such as one of SME News’ can be a powerful marketing tool for small businesses making it key for the research team to select those most fitting and most worthy of one of these highly sought-after awards.
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.