All submissions should be 1000 words or less.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chosen by our judges. This award is not open for nomination.

Business Leader/Entrepreneur of the Year

Here we honour the boss who really stood out this year. Do you make a colossal difference to your business, staff and customers? Do you inspire others? Have you set out a vision and brought it to life? And have you brought staff along with it to make it a success? Let us know in 1,000 words.

Large Business of the Year (Turnover £50m+)

This category honours and celebrates the commercial giants of the region. Are you a business operating on a vast scale, showing signs of expansion? Are you using research and innovation to achieve long-term growth plans? What were the key moves and achievements you made in 2021/22 .Let us know in 1,000 words or less why you should win

Medium Business of the Year (Turnover £10 - £50m)

This award is focused on the mid-tier firms which power the local economy. It celebrates those who have made good investment and strategic plans. Are you a corporate titan of the future? How did you grow from being a small firm to where you are now, and what are your plans for the future? What were the key moves and achievements you made in 2021/22? Let us know in 1,000 words or less why you should win.

Small Business of the Year (Turnover < £10m)

This award celebrates the large firms of the future. Have you achieved rapid and sustainable growth? Is what you do underpinned by product and service innovation? Are you creating jobs or changing the market? Tell us all of this and the story of how you created and grew your business. Let us know in 1,000 words or less why you should win.

Start Up Business of the Year

A category focusing on rapidly growing businesses in our region. Have you taken the plunge into entrepreneurialism and hit the ground running? Have you got the capacity to become a multi-million pound business? Do you have an incredible story to tell of how you took a risk and made sure it paid off?
If so, let us know in 1,000 words or less.

International Business of the Year

The winner of this award is really helping to drive the export-led firm. Are you moving into new and lucrative overseas markets? Are you beating the competition in the process? Most importantly, what are you doing to take Yorkshire goods and services around the planet and increase the awareness of our region?

Innovation Award

This award is designed to shine a spotlight on the firms which are setting new standards and reshaping the corporate landscape. Tell us about the genuinely original and challenging ideas and how they were implemented to take your business forward. What are the details of how your firm innovated as well as how it is changing your sector? Are challenging your competitors as a result?

Business Transformation Award

Have you saved your business from failing to experiencing growth? The winner of this category has adapted their business model, demonstrating flexibility, innovativeness, and nimbleness to keep afloat and place themselves at the centre of what its customers needed.We’re keen to hear how you recognised the need for transformation, how you researched and developed your concepts, how the market has responded and how you have onboarded your team to adapt to the changes and what the plans are for the future.

Manufacturing Business of the Year

The foundation stone of Yorkshire’s economy and home to thousands of jobs. Are you taking this sector towards a brighter tomorrow? Tell us about the innovative products and methods which are keeping the region’s heritage in this area alive. We want to hear all about the training, development and the targeting of new markets that you are implementing.

Rural Business of the Year

Yorkshire is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking countryside in the world. We are looking for the best enterprises who operate from it. Are you based in a small town, village or hamlet? Are you making a positive difference to your area by creating jobs and innovating? Are you determined that rural areas should be as successful as urban ones? And how does being based in the countryside enhance your firm?

Retail, Leisure & Tourism Business

Open to any restaurant, hotel, café, pub, retail, leisure facility, visitor attraction or similar business. We are looking for an organisation in this sector that excels in their field, showing evidence of success 2021/2022, and how they have overcome the challenges of Covid-19 over the last 2 years.

Commercial Development of the Year

We are searching for the development that truly stood out in 2021/22. Are you changing the game in the world of logistics, office space, retail or manufacturing? What makes what you do special, from architecture to functionality to sustainability? What makes your work stand out from the rest of the competition? Tell us about how you aided job creation, innovation and raised ambition. All in 1,000 words or less.

Technology & Digital Award

Are you harnessing new technologies to give their firm the edge over the rest? Are you leaders, not followers, in this fast-moving sector? Have you innovated your systems, products and procedures to offer something your competitors cannot? Tell us how you are reshaping the sector and the economy in 1,000 words or less.

Sustainability Award

As the UK economy moves towards zero emissions, we are looking for the Yorkshire firm that best demonstrates its commitment to the environment. Are you actively cutting emissions to zero or even capturing emissions? Are you altering your supply chain to best serve the environment? Are you modifying your products and services to reduce carbon?
Let us know in 1,000 words or less.

Diversity & Inclusion Award

Is your firm going above and beyond to make sure you offer as inclusive a business as possible? Are you doing things other companies are not doing? Are you putting diversity at the heart of your agenda? If so tell us in 1,000 words or less.

Employee Health & Wellbeing Award

This category recognises businesses that have made a significant commitment to supporting employee health and wellbeing, taking specific action to safeguard both physical and mental health amongst staff. Tell us about it in 1,000 words or less.


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