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Milton Keynes business centre manager to judge SME awards

Milton Keynes business centre manager to judge SME awards
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Milton Keynes business centre manager to judge SME awards
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

There’s no doubt it’s been a challenging year so far for many businesses, but that makes it even more important than ever to keep staff wellbeing and encouragement at the forefront of our business strategies – and what better way to celebrate your fantastic team than by entering the SME National Business Awards. With our own Milton Keynes business centre manager, Matt Roberts, as one of the judges, we’d thought we’d let our customers know all the details you need to enter.

Business award categories and key dates

If you’re keen to get your business some recognition, whether that may be to expand your client base or show your staff how much you appreciate them, applying for an award at the SME National Business Awards is a great opportunity. The full rules are listed here, but we have summarised the key dates and categories you can apply for to provide you with a great foundation to build your application.

The 2020 SME National Business Awards categories are:

  • Best Enterprising Business
  • Best New Business
  • Business Innovation
  • Business of the year (less than 50 employees)
  • Business of the year (more than 50 employees)
  • Businessperson of the year
  • Businesswoman of the Year
  • Community Business of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • High Growth Business of the Year
  • Positive Impact Award
  • Service Excellence
  • The Green Award
  • Website of the Year
  • Young Businessperson of the Year
  • Business Hero – Public Vote
  • Best Customer Service – Public vote

It’s important to keep in mind that you can apply for 3 categories, so have a long think about how you want your business to be identified. Refresh your memory on the competition rules to ensure you’re making the best category choices. Also keep in mind the key dates, which are as follows:

  • Monday 6th July 2020: The closing date for all entries.
  • Friday 4th December 2020: The Grand Final evening takes place.

The judging panel – including our very own!

Here at Capital Space, we’re extremely proud to have our own Milton Keynes business centre manager, Matt Roberts , as a judge amongst several other successful managers and CEOS. With several years of judging the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Awards under his belt, it’s no surprise that the National SME Awards wanted Matt on the panel.

“The awards reached out to me and asked if I would like to be on the panel – they knew I had experience judging and working with a wide variety of SMEs, which has given me a really good, rounded perspective,” he commented.

Top tips for an impressive application

We asked Matt, from his experience, the best bits of advice he would give to anyone submitting an application: “It’s important to remember to provide supporting evidence, whether that may be documents, links to websites, YouTube videos or customer testimonials to provide a detailed insight into your business,” he advised. “Take this opportunity to provide judges with some background. How did your business start, what struggles did you go through, and how did you inject your own passion into your team?”

A final word of advice from Matt is accuracy: provide detail, check your dates, and provide facts and figures to solidify your application.

This year has been off to a rocky start, but this is a great time to make the best of a challenging situation. If you happen to have a bit of extra time in the office, have a go at an application and show the judges – and Matt – what your business has been capable of, even in these past tricky months. The deadline is fast approaching… so get writing!

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