The gift that keeps on giving

A Growing Business Award can deliver a long-lasting boost to your business

Winning a Growing Business Award is not just nice to have; it could have a really beneficial impact on your business long after the glittering ceremony is over.

Previous award winners say that winning a Growing Business Awards helped their business in a wide variety of positive ways, from raising its profile to boosting employee morale, to making it easier to attract investment.

Amber Ward, Director of the Growing Business Awards, says: “We are immensely proud that the Growing Business Awards are the gold standard for the entrepreneurial business community. Now in their 24th year, they are the longest established business awards and are known for their quality, integrity and prestige. Winning a Growing Business Awards is a highly-regarded badge of honour that celebrates businesses which have something truly special to offer.”

Previous winners of the award include Innocent, Skyscanner, Bambino Mio and Go Ape.

Guy Schanschieff is the founder of Bambino Mio, which makes environmentally friendly reusable nappies and was the winner of the Bridges Positive Impact Award in 2018 and Export Champion of the Year in 2018.

He says: “Winning a Growing Business Award was a fantastic recognition for the whole team for their significant achievements in continuing to grow Bambino Mio. The exposure it gave us also helped us with our continued accelerated growth.”

Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE is the CEO and founder of M Squared, a laser technology company based in Glasgow which won Innovator of the Year in 2016 and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.

He says: “The Growing Business Awards truly celebrate inspiring businesses and business leaders across the UK across a broad range of categories, so it was an honour to have stood out and been recognised as Innovator of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. Entering the awards was an opportunity to tell our story, whilst winning the awards was a real boost to M Squared and the people who work so hard to make us a success.”

A Growing Business Award survey of senior PR executives found that 100% of those asked said they felt that winning an award delivered a positive impact to a business.

Indeed 78% said that even if the business didn’t win, being shortlisted for an award was still better than not participating at all.

Marketing and PR were felt to be the most significant benefits of winning an award for a business, followed by brand recognition. Attracting talent, easy benchmarking and increased staff morale were also felt to be important.

The survey found that businesses of all sizes said they would benefit from winning an award.

Amber Ward said: “It is clear from the responses to our survey that entering and winning reputable industry awards are hugely important to businesses of all sizes, boosting recognition of their brand, staff morale, while also helping them to secure media coverage and attact new clients and opportunities. We are delighted that the prestigious Growing Business Awards, which are the longest established industry awards in the UK and are now in their 24th year, play such an important role in supporting growing businesses of all sizes.”

For more information on the Growing Business Awards and how to enter them, visit