Nominations open for 2018 UK Private Business Awards – local firms urged to enter

Nominations are now open for the 2018 UK Private Business Awards (PBAs), which celebrate the best of UK private businesses and their contribution to communities and the UK economy.

Now in their eighth year, the UK Private Business Awards recognise the achievements of entrepreneurs and the impact of family-owned and owner-managed undertakings on the job-creation and prosperity of the UK and its regions.

Midlands firms have a strong track history of success in the PBAs. Over the years of the competition, 45 local organisations and individuals have been finalists.

In 2017, Midlands based Goodwill Solutions CIC, a unique specialist logistics solution to retailers and manufacturers, won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award and Josh Rathour/ UNiDAYS Ltd, the world’s leading Student Affinity Network, was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Last year’s shortlist also saw Midlands based Carmen Watson, Chair of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership Ltd, nominated in the Private Business Woman of the Year category.

Midlands entrepreneurs and private businesses are eligible to enter in one or more of the 10 categories:

  • Technology Innovation of the Year
  • Social Enterprise of the Year
  • High Growth Business of the Year
  • Rising Star Award
  • International Business of the Year
  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Private Business Woman of the Year
  • CEO of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Private Business of the Year Award

Neil Philpott, PwC Midlands Private Business Leader urged local companies and entrepreneurs to celebrate their success by entering the 2018 awards:

“We’re looking for the UK’s brightest entrepreneurs and private businesses to tell us why they deserve to be recognised.

“This competition showcases the very best of the UK’s companies and individuals and our past track record demonstrates that the Midlands can compete with the very best of the UK’s entrepreneurs, businesses and their management teams.

“The Awards categories allow a broad range of companies and individuals to participate and reflect the ever increasing diversity in the private business landscape – this offers great opportunities for the Midlands to showcase its best companies, social enterprises and people.”

The nomination period runs from 5th February 2017 to 23rd March 2018 and the deadline for submitting a full entry form is 3 May 2018.

The 2018 Private Business Awards will be judged by a panel of business leaders and entrepreneurs on 4 June 2018 and a shortlist for each category will be announced on 6 June 2017.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 13 September 2018 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1.

To find out more about the awards or to nominate a business, visit

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