Small Business Awards

Awards Coordinator

Steven Simpson

Steve is a senior member of the awards team, having joined the business in 2015. He is highly client-focused and is keen to understand the needs of each of his clients and establish how Corporate Vision can support in meeting those needs in turn providing real impact for their relationship with the brand. Corporate Vision is a very useful platform for growth-focused businesses looking to raise their profile, Steve helps such clients understand the best approach for their needs.

Key Dates

Entries Open:

Monday 22nd June 2020


Entries Closed:

Monday 17th August 2020


Winners Announced:

Friday 6th November 2020

About this award

Small Business Awards

Introducing the Small Business Awards

Small businesses and their dedicated owners form the solid foundation of our global corporate landscape, despite the trying hardships and obstacles they may incur along the path to success!

What is so special about a small business, is that their success is not measured by size, number of employees… not even annual turnover! Instead, its success is demonstrated through innovative products and services, an exemplary reputation within their industry and client/customer satisfaction across the board!

Each year, Corporate Vision Magazine proudly seeks out the very best that the small business community has to offer on a global basis.

For the 2020 Small Business Awards Corporate Vision Magazine will leave no stone unturned when establishing those who truly represent the sheer determination and dedication it takes to establish, run and grow a small business successfully!

The 2020 Small Business Awards are judged purely on merit. To ensure this, our in-house research team carefully analyse any information that is available both online and in the public domain. As a nominee, you will be asked to prepare a short case file disclosing their chosen area of business and practice, any previous accolades as well as your position within the industry. Product samples and media pack are also accepted but are non-mandatory.

Those who make our final winners’ selection will be presented to our circulation of 155,000 individuals and promoted on our platform as leading lights of the small business community.

Get involved… If you know of, own or are part of an organisation you feel is worthy of our recognition then please complete the voting details above.

Best of luck!

Winners

You will find details of all our award winners here. Our featured winners are included in our digital award supplement on our website and distributed to the greater circulation. All winners are included in the online directory, which can be viewed in full on the website once the embargo has been lifted and a public announcement has been made. Please feel free to browse through our archived winners lists by clicking on the appropriate year below.

Our Awards Team

Martyn Walters - Corporate Vision Lead Researcher
Martyn has a genuine interest in business. He understands the work that goes into making a business successful and the sacrifices business leaders make in order to ensure their business thrives. Martyn is dedicated to ensuring that such commitment and hard work is recognised and that the most deserving of businesses are showcased by Corporate Vision.

Jeremy Roe - Head of Research
Jeremy is dedicated to his research team and to the readers, subscribers, visitors, nominees and award winners of Corporate Vision. Jeremy's diligent approach is carried across to this team members ensuring quality in the research carried out on behalf of the brand.

Laura Hunter - Awards Manager
Laura’s priorities lie with the clients and award winners of Corporate Vision and the team members integral in ensuring the brand showcases truly innovative and forward-thinking businesses. Growth-focused businesses make up the lions share of Corporate Vision’s target market. Laura is steadfast in ensuring that such businesses receive some great benefits for being a part of Corporate Vision and its awards programmes.

Steve Simpson - Corporate Vision Senior Awards Executive
Steven came to the join the media group in 2015 and has since proven to be a most respected, conscientious and valued team member. Steven is committed to ensuring Corporate Vision’s awards nominees and winners are supported throughout the process and that winners understand how to gain the most value and exposure from their award win.

Our Methodology

Gathering Nominees

Researching nominees

The Corporate Vision team work diligently to identify market leaders, innovators and enterprising start-ups, driving many of the nominations themselves.

We also encourage external nominations from Corporate Vision subscribers, online visitors, social media followers, clients and from our wider group circulation.

Nominating parties are invited to put forward either third-party businesses whom they hold in high regard, or their own organisation.

Shortlisting

Shortlisting nominees

All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination. Should any firm or individual rather decline at this point, they are simply taken out of the running.

Nominees who formally accept their nomination are given the opportunity to submit additional materials in support of their initial nomination. Although there is no obligation to supply material, we have found that many nominees value this stage in the process as much as our research team.

Evaluating and Judging

Evaluating and judging

Our dedicated research team will assess all material submitted by the nominee in order to determine winners based on merit, not popularity. The team also gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources.

Ultimately, the research team casts their judgment based on various criteria, including:

  • Client dedication
  • Innovation
  • Business growth
  • Longevity
  • Online reputation
  • Customer feedback
  • Business performance
The Lucky Winners

Winners

Once winners are determined, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies.

Once the press embargo is lifted, details of the winners will be made public via the website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.

Making the Most of Your Win

Making the most of your win

We are prepared to offer a range of promotional packages and items to Corporate Vision winners, which vary from inclusion in the free-of-charge winners’ directory, to trophies, content in the magazine and online advertising.

We encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently. Announcements via company websites, social media, press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such an achievement. If you have need of further advice, please feel free to get in touch. We are happy to assist our clients with their needs.

FAQs

How long has Corporate Vision Magazine been in circulation for?+
Corporate Vision was launched in December of 2014. Since then, the magazine has been published monthly to a global circulation of 155,000 business leaders, managers, recruiters and experts. The platform is bought to you by AI Global Media, a B2B digital publishing group founded in 2010. The group currently has 13 brands within its portfolio including luxury lifestyle, construction, healthcare and small business focused publications. AI Global Media is dedicated to delivering content you can trust to each of its readers, subscribers, clients and visitors.
Where did the nomination come from?+
In the interest of nurturing an environment proven to produce a high response rate, we don’t ask nominees to reveal any personal identity. With regards to methodology, we often nominate candidates ourselves and, when it comes to voting, if you didn’t cast a vote through a self-submission, it is likely to have been cast via a colleague or client who has received one of our direct invitations. One of the main mantras of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received, meaning your award is presented purely on merit. In the interest of security and fairness, we are able to track unusual behaviour on our website to identify repeat votes and cyber-threats.
What happens if I agree to be shortlisted?+
In the interest of focusing our efforts on relevant and eager candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist giving people complete control in the decision on whether they would like to move forward with the award. Nominees who accept are subject to our scrutiny during the internal vetting procedure and are given the opportunity to present their own data to be considered alongside information collated by our research team. This can take up to 8 weeks for final assessments to be rendered.
Who makes the final decision?+
We employ an entirely impartial panel of five individuals to conduct all research. At the helm of the panel, is a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience and is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. This two-tiered system allows for a neutral mediator which we feel allows a more efficient method when determining individuals and companies most deserving of winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner?+
The short answer is, no. We decided to not focus our efforts on a celebratory event. Despite being an enjoyable occasion, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. We follow the belief that optional costs associated with an award are better placed in a year’s worth of online marketing for the winner rather than spending large sums on a ceremonial evening. Our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to provide you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
What happens if I am deemed successful?+
After you have been notified, we enforce a short press embargo while the programme manager liaises with you to establish your preferred method of coverage. Generally, our coverage takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted certificates and plaques and digital certificates, web-based advertisements and press releases which can be custom designed for you or your company.
Are there any costs involved?+
As mentioned, there are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an award with Corporate Vision. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain that, regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners, as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.