With 15 separate categories to enter, each with a maximum shortlist of 5 companies. You can be sure of finding an award that is worth winning to you and your company

The North West Business Awards consists of 15 individual awards:


Business of the Year (4 Categories)

This award will be presented to an organisation that has showcases an excellence in all business areas. The awards will be split into businesses of Under 10 Employees / 10 – 50 Employees / 50 – 100 Employees / Over 100 Employees.

The judging will focus on:

  • The organisation must showcase its commercial success
  • Growth in its industry either internationally or nationally
  • How it motivates, supports and develops its employees
  • Creativity or innovation
  • Its plans going forward, how will it continue its growth

Business Person of the Year

All individuals are eligible to enter this award, we often get nominations on behalf of another individual for this award. The criteria for this award is based on the success of the individual and the influence they have had on the business/ organisations and those around them .

The judging will focus on:

  • The individuals influence on the success of the business
  • Excellence of the individual in their industry
  • The influence / mentoring and support they provide to their team and employees
  • Individual skills and attributes that have effected the business in a positive way
  • It’s fine to brag about the persons success, often individuals are more happy to talk about their business. We want to hear about the person here.

Business Innovation Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that has showcased Business Innovation in their industry or the region as a whole. Business innovation is when an organisation introduces new processes, services, or products to affect positive change in their business. This can include improving existing methods or practices, or starting from scratch.

The judging will focus on:

  • The organisation must produce new processes, services or products
  • The innovation must have a positive change in the business – you will need to demonstrate this
  • How has this improved things for your customers?
  • Was this creating something from scratch or improving existing methods?

Family Business of the Year Award

A family-owned business may be defined as any business in which two or more family members are involved and the majority of ownership or control lies within a family.

The judging will focus on:

  • The organisation must showcase its commercial success
  • Growth in its industry either internationally or nationally
  • How it motivates, supports and develops its employees
  • Creativity or innovation
  • Its plans going forward, how will it continue its growth
  • Who in the family has control over the business, at least 51% of the business must be controlled by one family. Please explain who these individuals are

Best Customer Service Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that showcases that it provides the highest quality of customer service excellence. In order to win this award you will need to show how you develop great customer service, whilst also the method you use for monitoring and bench-marking this experience.

The judging will focus on:

  • How does the business track customer service excellence, can you demonstrate this?
  • How do you benchmark your success against your competitors
  • Showcase the customer journey and how each team member ensures a high level of customer satisfaction
  • Ambitions to improve the customer service experience

Community and Social Responsibility Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that has showcases its CSR aims to ensure that the business acts in a way that is ethical. This means taking account of their social, economic and environmental impact, and consideration of human rights.

The judging will focus on:

  • How you work in partnership with local communities
  • Socially Responsible Investment
  • What programmes do you use to make the biggest impact your communities and how do you monitor its success?
  • How you develop relationships with customers and employees to increase the CSR value
  • Provide detail


Entrepreneur of the Year

Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced.
An entrepreneur supplies risk capital as a risk taker, and monitors and controls the business activities. The entrepreneur is usually a sole proprietor, a partner, or the one who owns the majority of shares in an incorporated venture.

The judging will focus on:

  • The risk vs reward of the Entrepreneur
  • Success of their Business
  • What the term Entrepreneur means to the applicant and why they think they showcase these values

Sustainability Excellence Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that has showcases its efforts to be an Environmentally sustainable business.

The judging will focus on:

  • The organisation must showcase how it has a minimal impact on the environment
  • What products or services it suppliers that have a replaces demand for non sustainable offers
  • How the business is “greener” than its competitors – how do you benchmark this.
  • How sustainability is important at all levels of its business/ operation

New Business Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that has been trading for less than 2 years from submission of its entry.

The judging will focus on:

  • The organisation must showcase its commercial success
  • Growth in its industry either internationally or nationally
  • How it motivates, supports and develops its employees
  • Creativity or innovation
  • Its plans going forward, how will it continue its growth

Employer of the Year Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that has showcases its commitment to provide a positive and supportive environment. The award shows a true commitment to the welfare of its employees. , resulting in high staff satisfaction levels and a well-motivated, ambitious and integrated workforce.

The judging will focus on:

  • The organisation must showcase its high staff satisfaction levels
  • How the business motivates its employees
  • How the business supports the development of individuals
  • How the business integrates its employees into the business to make them feel a part of its success

Special Recognition Award

This award will be presented to an individual or business in special recognition of its effect on the North West Economy

This award will be chosen by the judges following a poll at the end of the judging process.


Young Person / Apprentice Award

This award will be presented to an individual under the age of thirty, we often get nominations on behalf of another individual for this award. The criteria for this award is based on the success of the individual and the influence they have had on the business/ organisations and those around them.

The judging will focus on:

  • The individuals influence on the success of the business
  • Excellence of the individual in their industry
  • The influence / mentoring and support they provide to their team and employees
  • Individual skills and attributes that have effected the business in a positive way
  • It’s fine to brag about the persons success, often individuals are more happy to talk about their business. We want to hear about the person here.