Entrepreneur and former government adviser Richard Alvin, the founder of the Capital Business Media group, has announced that it is launching the new nationwide business awards programme the Business Champion Awards.
The awards will reward and celebrate entrepreneurs, small businesses and those that have contributed to society over the past year and during the pandemic.
We are expecting around 1,000 entries into the new programme with everyone going through a rigorous judging process, to both create a shortlist of 100 and further to our ten winners ” said Richard Alvin, Awards Director.
“We want to ensure that the Awards are truly an accolade to world-class achievements. Through the pages of our business matters magazine and website we have seen such grit determination and social thinking within UK business over the last 18 months as the pandemic took hold. Many businesses should be rightfully proud of where they are after such a tortuous time and we hope for our business champion awards can rightly celebrate, praise and reward those businesses.
The ten categories which make up the awards are;
Entrepreneur of the year
SME of the year
New business of the year
Exporter of the year
The Growth Business Of The Year
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
The Business Transformation Award
The Sustainable Business Award
The Diversity and Inclusion Programme
Champions in a Crisis
Entries are submitted via an online form and can be competed in under an hour.
The awards will culminate in a gala black tie dinner at the east winter garden at Canary Wharf, London March the 23rd 2022. Two years to the day that Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the UK’s first lockdown as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The awards will be hosted by Huw Edwards, who needs little introduction, as the host of BBC’s 10 o’clock news.
As the awards will be carbon neutral in addition to the winners receiving a trophy they will also receive 10 trees which will be planted in the geographical location where they are based.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, recently told entrepreneurs that “coronavirus hasn’t stifled enterprise”, despite the many challenges it has created for business owners.
Speaking about the Business Champion Awards Mr Sunak said: Entrepreneurs, like all of those who should be entering these awards, have created new businesses and adapting to the crisis, and that’s what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We need all of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses.”
Mr Sunak went on to say: “It’s my job as Chancellor to celebrate, champion and support you.
Winning a national business award like the Business Champion Award can boost company profile, solidify reputation, and incentivise staff. PolyPhotonix won an award recently and CEO Richard Kirk said: “We really didn’t expect to win! Winning the award is really going to help us, and is incredibly important for all of our stakeholders. This Award really puts us on the map in terms of the UK, but will also really raise our profile internationally.”