Celebrating the leaders in the British business community (Formerly British Small Business)

October 30 2019, Royal Lancaster London
Nominations now open

About the event


The British Business Awards event, now in its fourth year, is the leading celebration of the UK’s small business sector, recognising the nation’s best sole traders, micro businesses and small companies – as well as the services providers and advisers that support them.

Small and growing businesses are the unsung heroes of the UK economy. They provide much needed employment and innovation in a wide range of business sectors and industries. The combined annual turnover of small and growing businesses in the UK was £2.0 trillion, accounting for 52% of all private sector turnover in 2018 and employing more than 16 million people.

The British Business Awards aim to highlight the achievements of both small companies with less than 50 employees, as well as growing companies with between 50 and 250 employees. While profit is certainly a sign of company success, there are many other aspects of setting up a business that go unnoticed such as innovation, improving the business process, the importance of sustainable business practices, flexible employment policies, cultural and gender diversity to setting up your dream business in retirement.

Our awards celebrate the success of a range of solutions to the business challenges that small and growing businesses face today – solutions that have not only improved the company landscape, but have helped achieve business success.


Small businesses in UK


Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at start of 2018


Combined turnover of UK SMEs


Percentage of private-sector turnover accounted for by SMEs

Who should enter:

Open to small and growing companies that have between 1 and 250 employees as at 1st October 2019. Companies must be based in the UK.

Why you should enter:

This is your chance to show how you’ve overcome the challenges of setting up a business. From making your business idea a reality to putting in place forward thinking working practices, or providing and innovative product or service – we want to recognise and applaud your achievements.

How to enter:

Eligible firms simply register online and submit responses to a questionnaire for the category being entered. Entrants can enter up to 3 categories in either the small (1-50 employees) category or the growing (50-250 employees) category as at 1st October 2019.

When is the deadline for nominations:

The last day to submit your nominations is 8th September.

When and where?

The award lunch will take place on 30 October 2019 at the Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY.

Dress code

Business casual

Organised by

Small Business UK
Growth Business UK
Growth Business UK

2019 Sponsors


2018 Sponsors


2018 partners

Centre for Entrepreneurs
Save The High Street
Centre for Entrepreneurs
Centre for Entrepreneurs
Forum of Private Business
Centre for Entrepreneurs

2017 Sponsors

Alma PR
Dun & Bradstreet

Partner with us

The British Small Business Awards is a key date in the calendar for bringing together small companies, service providers and advisers. As well as celebrating achievement in a sector under-represented in awards ceremonies, it is a chance for networking and a strong marketing opportunity. The event will receive video, editorial and social media coverage across our host website SmallBusiness.co.uk, which reaches over 2 million small business owners and has a community of over 50,000.

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