The Forum supports the 2017 British Small Business Awards

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The Forum is thrilled to be an official media partner once again for this years British Small Business Awards. The nominations are now open!

We are pleased to announce that the Forum of Private Business is an official media partner of the 2017 British Small Business Awards, and we would like to invite you to nominate for this prestigious event.

The British Small Business Awards is the official event run by the leading SME advice website This black tie dinner celebration, held on November 1st at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, will reward the highest achievers in the SME space.

The first Awards, hosted by Kate Thornton at the magnificent Grand Connaught Rooms in October 2016 were a great success, attended by 400 of some of the highest-achieving small businesses in the country, together with the influential SME advisers and partners that help them start, run, grow and succeed.

The evening, which trended on Twitter, was noted for its recognition of the importance of small businesses in our economy. An image gallery of the event can be seen here.

The 2017 Awards

At the British Small Business Awards, there really is an award for everyone. This is because the event has categories that recognise not only the small businesses that form the backbone of the economy but also the vendors and advisers that help them to grow and flourish.

The event will bring all players in the SME ecosystem under one roof, recognising the sector in its entirety. Whether your business is a modest high street butcher, a 15-person tech company with scale plans, or a larger enterprise with products or services aimed at the SME sector, this event is for you.

Vendor categories

For these categories, we welcome nominations from businesses of any size that have a targeted offering for SMEs (SMEs defined as businesses with under 50 staff).

  • Accountancy Software Provider of the Year
  • Accounts and Tax Adviser of the Year
  • Alternative Finance Provider of the Year
  • Business Bank Account of the Year
  • Business Lender of the Year
  • Insurance Provider of the Year
  • Technology Provider of the Year
  • Utilities Provider of the Year
  • Website Builder of the Year

Small business categories

These categories are for businesses of under 50 staff.

  • Community Business of the Year
  • Disruptor of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • *Micro Business of the Year
  • Online Business of the Year
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • **Small Business of the Year
  • ***Sole Trader of the Year
  • Young Business of the Year

*for businesses of 2-9 total staff

**for businesses of 10-49 total staff

***for businesses registered as a Sole Trader.

For more information on the category criteria, to book places and for commercial enquiries, please visit the British Small Business Awards website.

How to nominate

Nominating is quick and easy and can be done by clicking here! The deadline for nominations is May 26th.

How the Forum is involved

We are pleased to confirm once again that Ian Cass, MD at the Forum, will be one of the judges on the panel of experts and will attend the event as a VIP.

Good luck and we hope to see you at the event in November.