Vendor categories (for Businesses of any size with products/services aimed at smes)
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.
Business Account of the Year
For this category, the judges will look for the best business bank accounts, or accounts from online providers for smaller companies, taking into consideration quality of customer service and SME-focused initiatives.
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
This category will recognise the insurance provider that best addresses the needs of SMEs, with the judges considering
quality of service, value for money and breadth of cover.
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.
Workspace Provider of the Year
Quality of facilities, location(s), technology-enabling capabilities and value for money will be the key factors discussed, as well as the workspace provider’s overall influence on the SME ecosystem.
Business categories (for businesses with less than 50 total staff)
Innovator of the Year (Formerly Disruptor of the Year)
The Innovator 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.
E-commerce platform of the Year
In this section, the judges will reward the e-commerce platform that has best addressed customer demands, considering factors including turnover growth, an impressive market presence, innovation of concept and delivery, and notable plans to scale.
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.
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
This award will recognise the female leader of a company of less than 50 total staff that has been an instrumental figurehead, driving impressive revenue growth and building a strong market presence for her business.
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.
Small Business Advocate of the Year
This category will reward the entrepreneur, adviser, or industry authority who has been most committed to small business advocacy, with judges considering lobbying effectiveness, efficacy of campaigns, or any other measure of success in promoting smaller businesses.
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.
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.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This category celebrates the entrepreneur aged 25 or under who has demonstrated the most impressive credentials in starting and growing an innovative business, with the judges considering factors such as turnover growth, market penetration, and partnerships forged.