The 2016 Winners & Shortlist
Accountancy Software Provider of the Year
This category will recognise the accountancy software provider that best suits the needs of SMEs, with the judges considering level of innovation, impressive customer care, value for money, and a product that best assists small companies with managing their finances.
Accounts and Tax Adviser of the Year
The judges will look for the accountancy/tax advisory firm that has gone the furthest to target and help smaller companies, with quality of client service, value for money and SME-focused initiatives being prime considerations.
Alternative Finance Provider of the Year
The judges will assess online finance providers such as crowdfunding sites and peer-to-peer lenders. They will look for the operators most notable in financing small companies, considering factors such as volume of funds provided, innovative services and a dedicated SME offering.
2016 Winner: Crowdcube
Business Bank Account of the Year
For this category, the judges will look for the banking operator with the best business bank accounts for smaller companies, taking into consideration quality of customer service and SME-focused initiatives. Note: This category recognises business bank accounts rather than lending facilities.
Business Lender of the Year
This award recognises the lending institution, whether a bank or solely online provider, that has best addressed the needs of smaller businesses, with the judges considering factors such as access to and supply of debt, customer service and SME-focused initiatives.
Insurance Provider of the Year
Technology Provider of the Year
This category rewards the technology provider that has placed an SME service at the heart of its offering, displaying innovation, impressive customer care and a product to help small companies run efficiently and grow.
2016 Winner: Xero
Utilities Provider of the Year
This award acknowledges the utilities provider that manages the needs of small businesses better than its competitors, with judges considering a combination of the best value, customer service, reliability, and SME focused initiatives.
Website Builder of the Year
In this category, the judges will assess the website building and/or design platform that best serves small businesses, with design, functionality, innovation and value for money being key considerations.
Community Business of the Year
In this category, the judges will choose the business of less than 50 staff that has shown the most contribution to a local community, with considerations including the provision of local jobs, a highly-valued local service, and/or other factors making the business integral to the vicinity.
Disruptor of the Year
The Disruptor of the Year category rewards the business of less than 50 total staff that has shown a demonstrable ability to bring market-changing ideas to a sector, with the resulting product/service being truly innovative.
Exporter of the Year
The Exporter of the Year will be an business of less than 50 total staff that has demonstrated an ability to succeed in international markets, with judges considering export sales growth/consistency and a notable aptitude for adapting a product or service to new markets.
Micro Business of the Year
The Micro Business of the Year will be a company of 2-9 people that has demonstrated strong revenue growth and a product or service of a quality that stands above competitors. The identifying of and capitalising on scale opportunities will also be noted by the judges.
2016 Winner: Handrail Creations
Online Business of the Year
This category will recognise online business of less than 50 total staff. The judges will take into consideration factors such as consistent/growing sales over the past year, a niche position in its industry, longevity, and outstanding innovation.
Retail Business of the Year
The Retail Business of the Year will be a small retailer that has shown a combination of factors including consistent/growing sales over the past year, a niche position in its industry, longevity, and/or outstanding innovation.
Small Business of the Year
The judges will look for a small business of 10-50 employees with the most innovative and sector-disrupting service/product combined with strong turnover growth over the past year.
2016 Winner: Inclusion Housing
Sole Trader of the Year
This award recognises the sole trader business that provides a service/product that stands above peers, demonstrating consistent sales over the past year and a niche position in its industry.
2016 Winner: GLB Graphics
Young Business of the Year