Entry is now open for these prestigious awards, which celebrate the cream of the SME world and reward smaller business excellence. With 11 categories to enter, including four new ones for 2017, there is a category to suit every type of smaller business.
The FSB and Worldpay UK Business Awards 2017 will showcase business stars across the UK and once entries close on February 17, expert smaller business judges will select 11 category winners in 12 areas across the UK. This will see 132 SMEs being recognised for their hard work, business brilliance and innovation within their own geographical areas.
The grand final will take place on 10 May 2017 in a glittering ceremony staged at the Underglobe Swan Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and hosted, once again by Tim Campbell MBE, the original winner of the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’.
Each of the 11 category winners will scoop cash prizes of £2,000 and are in the running to be crowned the FSB Worldpay UK Business of the Year 2017. The exceptional business and overall winner awarded this accolade will also win a further cash prize of £10,000.
Tim Campbell MBE says: “Small businesses have always been incredibly important to the UK economy and it is great that I get the chance to join The FSB and Worldpay Business Awards for another year celebrating the brilliant achievement of the worthy finalists. The energy and inspiration generated by last year’s award entrants makes me really excited about hosting the ceremony again this year!”
Dave Stallon, FSB’s Commercial Director, says: “The FSB and Worldpay UK Business Awards have been giving smaller businesses the opportunity to tell their story and demonstrate the excellence that exists within the dynamic world of SMEs for four years now.
With the chance for smaller businesses to enjoy kudos at both area and national levels the FSB and Worldpay UK Business Awards level the playing field for entrants, as smaller businesses are not competing against bigger businesses, but against similarly sized enterprises. I am excited to see the innovative smaller business that enter this year.”
James Frost, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at UK Worldpay says: “Small businesses will continue to help drive the UK economy through both their innovation and expansion. It’s critical, especially in these uncertain times, that we support and recognise their contribution to the national economic growth and applaud the hard work and commitment that goes into running your own business.”
Any business with under 250 employees can enter the FSB and Worldpay UK Business Awards 2017 for free, via online entry at: fsbworldpayawards.org.uk and businesses may enter as many categories as they wish. Online entry will close at midnight on February 17 and area category winners will be announced in March 2017.
More details can be found at the website fsbworldpayawards.org.uk and by following @FSB_Voice, @Worldpay and make sure to follow the story by using: #fsbworldpayawards
Notes to Editors
The 11 categories in the FSB and Worldpay UK Business Awards 2017 are:
- Business and Product Innovation Award
- Micro Business of the Year
- Online Business of the Year
- Ethical Business of the Year
- Business Exporter of the Year
- Best Start Up of the Year
- Best Family Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year (NEW)
- Community Business of the Year (NEW)
- Employer of the Year (NEW)
- Lifetime Achievement Award (NEW)
The 12 areas are:
- Northern Ireland
- Greater London
- NE & Yorkshire
- North West
- East Midlands
- West Midlands
- East Anglia
- South East
- South Central
- South West
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members. Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of essential business areas including tax, and legal protection, HR, local networking groups, business banking and mentoring.
FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. Our lobbying arm starts with the work of our team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, our expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to over 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies. We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.
Worldpay UK has more than 40% market share in the UK and helps businesses of all sizes sell more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone, and on the move. www.worldpay.com/uk
About Tim Campbell MBE
Tim is the first winner of the BBC TV show The Apprentice. Following his win in 2005 Tim, in addition to receiving an MBE for his services to Enterprise Culture in 2012 and acting as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s Ambassador for Training & Enterprise, he founded the Bright Ideas Trust an entrepreneurial social enterprise which invests in start-up businesses founded by young people aged 16 – 30 from underserved communities. Since it was founded in 2007 it has raised over £2m in start-up funds and invested in over 200 companies.