How winning a South West Business Leader Award turbo-boosted my business


The South West Business Leader Awards are now open for entry and businesses of all sizes – and from all sectors – are being encouraged to enter.

For 2019, you will find new categories to enter and a completely new entry process – adding extra rigour and independence to the Awards.

The entry process is straightforward – and you don’t pay to submit – and will ask you to produce and 800 word against set criteria and answer three questions.

You can find out more about entering here: www.blawards.co.uk

How will winning a Business Leader Award benefit my business?

A Business Leader Awards is highly coveted and previous winners have seen a huge positive impact through winning – from securing new business to boosting employee morale.

Here – we find out from previous awards winners, what winning a Business Leader Award has done for their businesses.

Paul Richards – Managing Director of Aquarian Cladding: winner of Business of the Year 1-10

What positive impact has winning a Business Leader Award had on your business?

“To be recognised as an award winner has given a young, fast-growing business such as ours more credibility in our very competitive marketplace. It has helped us stand out from the crowd.”

What did it mean for the Aquarian Cladding employees to win an award?

“We all still talk about the award and sense of pride in receiving it. Beyond doubt, it has had a greater effect on motivation than simply pay rises!”

Would you encourage other businesses to enter?

“We would recommend it to anyone wanting to be a market leader – not only to win more business and secure our existing staff but also to help us stand out when identifying future talent to recruit and help us grow.”

Adam Sharpe – CEO Cardstream: winners of Rising Star Award and Business of the Year 11-50

What positive impact has winning a Business Leader Award had on your business?

“It has had a positive motivational impact within our business, encouraging us to continue to drive for more success and wins. It has enhanced the reputation and market standing of our company, which augments our profile when winning new business.

What did it mean for the Cardstream employees to win an award?

“The psychological benefit has been in adding to the team’s enthusiasm for the solution we are building; confirming the trust within the close-knit team; and strengthening our confidence in the direction of the business.

Would you encourage other businesses to enter?

“We would definitely recommend other businesses to enter as we did. The whole process helps a business to validate its own company; to know that they are on the right path; and to be recognised by peers in the industry.”

Richard Tonkinson – Executive Director of Offsite Solutions: Winners of Manufacturing Business of the Year

What positive impact has winning a Business Leader Award had on your business?

Awards like this are such important recognition for our business. It is an independent endorsement of the great work we are doing in every area – from manufacturing excellence, training and development and investment, to our strong financial performance. It also gives our clients the reassurance that they are working with a leading and award-winning business in the UK.

What did it mean for the Offsite Solutions employees to win an award?

It was a brilliant boost for staff across the business and well-deserved recognition for their fantastic work, talents and commitment.

Would you encourage other businesses to enter?

We would definitely encourage other businesses to enter. These awards are professional and well-run business awards and the business benefits we gained from winning Manufacturer of the Year are very significant.

You can view and enter all the categories here!

If you have any questions for the Business Leader team, please contact editor@businessleader.co.uk or call 0117 325 7779.