Excellence in Retail Services Award, sponsored by Meadowhall

This award will recognise the Sheffield retailer that the judges believe to be excelling in their field. Big or small, the winning retailer will show evidence and passion of the way they are a cut above the rest when it comes to, for example, financial performance, quality of products they offer, success in their online digital presence, maintaining and building a loyal customer base or how they provide a unique customer experience. Businesses can submit images and testimonials along with their application as supporting evidence.



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High Growth Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Doncaster Sheffield Airport

This award recognises businesses that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate the highest levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.



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Outstanding Business of the Year, sponsored by SIV

This exceptional award recognises a business able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and vision, successful performance against business planning, forward plans for substantial growth and be an inspiration to other businesses.


All shortlisted companies will be automatically entered for this award.


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The Bibby Financial Services Export Business of the Year Award

This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and / or sustained increases in their export activity.



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The Evoluted Business in the Community Award

This award recognises businesses that show innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility and responsible business practice. Entrants must demonstrate how they have tackled key social and environmental issues in their local community.



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The Learning Unlimited Young Business Person of the Year Award

This award recognises the significant contribution that a person aged 25 or under can make to the success of a business. This award is open to apprentices, trainees, young professionals and business owners ages 25 or under. Entrants must be ages 25 or under on the 1st December 2016 to be eligible to enter.



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The Lupton Fawcett Next Big Thing Award

This award is designed to recognise a product or service establishing importance in the marketplace, profile raising, capturing the interest of the city and really putting Sheffield ‘on the map’.



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The REDBRIK Excellence in Professional Services Award

Entrants will need to be able to demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance.  You should outline how you have shown excellence in your specific sector and how your business has planned for future growth.  



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The Sheffield Business School Small Business of the Year Award

Open to organisations employing up to 75 full time members of staff. This award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in. 



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The Sheffield College People Development Award

This award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in the promotion and implementation of a learning and development culture. Entrants for this award must communicate how this culture has contributed to the business achieving outstanding success.



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The Shorts Chartered Accountants Business Person of the Year Award

This award recognises the significant contribution that a person aged 26 or over can make to the success of a business. This award is open to young professionals employed within a business or a business owner. Entrants must be aged 26 or over on the 1st December 2016 to be eligible to enter.



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The Simm Engineering Group Best Use of Technology to Improve Business Performance Award

This award recognises businesses that have fully exploited the range of technology available to businesses to improve their overall business performance.  Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to transform their business.



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The Source Skills Academy Outstanding Achievements in Sports, Hospitality and Tourism Award

Covering all aspects of sports, hospitality and tourism, this award will recognise excellence in the individual areas as well as looking for activities that link events in the city with tourism and hospitality. This in turn should generate jobs and drive economic growth. You could apply on behalf of a particular event, or as a visitor attraction, hotel, restaurant, sports facility etc.



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The Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Superfast South Yorkshire

This award is open to any business, individual, charity, scheme or project that has significantly contributed to the Sheffield economy. A business, individual, charity, scheme or project can be nominated for this award and the application can be submitted on behalf of someone else.



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The Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award

This award will be presented to the company that demonstrates a modern, efficient and innovative approach to manufacturing. Exhibiting best practice to build a sustainable operation either by the development of new manufacturing techniques, new products or capital investments.



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