New awards format due to Covid-19. Click here to find out more.

New format for region’s most prestigious business awards


The South West Business Leader Awards has become the must-attend business event of the year over the last decade – however, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have made a few changes.

Like you, we have had to react to the pandemic, and this has meant that we have had to come up with alternative plans for our Awards and the other Business Leader events we run.

The South West Business Leader Awards is the region’s most well-respected celebration of success and its September event is now a permanent fixture in the diaries of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals.

To ensure we continue with the event – but respect the current situation – a new schedule and timelines of milestones has been launched.

New process

The Business Leader team feel it would be irresponsible to expect you to attend the dinner as usual this September and feel that this process maintains for spirit of the event and allows for businesses looking to enter, sponsors and judges to still benefit from the process.

A new category to be introduced

Business Leader understands that not every business is in the mood for celebration right now. However, we feel that the Awards present an opportunity for companies and individuals to demonstrate their hard work and success and reward their staff, during both good and bad times.

Considering this, we have made changes to our categories to reflect the current mood of the region and have also launched a new ‘Business Hero’ category which you can enter here.

This special category will honour the businesses that have reacted to the global pandemic and pivoted the way they operate to be a force for good. Maybe you’re a manufacturer who has been making PPE; or a retail business that has provided food for the community – or maybe you have reacted to the pandemic in a way that has seen you retain jobs or even win new business.

The independent panel of judges will be interested to find out more about how you and your business reacted to the pandemic, as well as the story behind your actions.

Enter now!

With 16 categories available – enter yourself and your business now! Entries are free and you can enter as many as you’d like.

Founder of the Business Leader Awards, Andrew Scott, comments: “With the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world – severely impacting people’s lives and the business community – we felt that it was right to change our Awards and entry process.

“And with the new Business Hero category, we hope to see how businesses across the South West have helped the region through these difficult times.

“Good luck to all entrants!”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Business Leader team on 0117 325 7779 or email editor@businessleader.co.uk.