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3 Weeks Left To Submit Nominees For Our 6th Annual Business Awards!

Posted: 16th January 2017

With 6 weeks to go until we host our 6th Annual Business Awards, we thought we’d update you on how you can nominate a business for this year’s awards, in time for the deadline of 6th February!


What Are The Awards?

We held our first Business Awards in 2012 as a way of formally recognising the fantastic work that is undertaken every day by both individuals and businesses across Edinburgh in everything from performance, leadership, sustainability, innovation and creativity. The awards have grown significantly during this time and in 2016 we welcomed over 450 guests to our awards dinner and celebrated the achievements of Edinburgh Airport, Cyrenians, Queen Margaret University, Heehaw and many more!

The awards are a fantastic opportunity to connect with a wide range of businesses from all sectors and size and collectively celebrate the achievements of those who truly make Edinburgh UK Entrepreneurial City of the Year.

Why Should I Apply?

To give you an idea as to why you might like to apply, we looked back to some of last year’s winners to find out exactly what they thought on winning an award.

“It’s great to see SMEs celebrated in Edinburgh and winning this award really shows what can be achieved by a small business. Being recognised by the Chamber in this way is a great platform for our continued growth and expansion into new markets as well as continuing to deliver a great service”.

Alastair Watson, Director of ‘Can You Escape?’ (Winner, 2016 – Best Performing Business 1-10)

“We’re extremely proud to have won the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce ‘Innovation in Business’ award 2016. This latest industry award for QMU is further evidence of how the university continues to demonstrate innovation in both how we operate ourselves and in the way in which we engage with the business community to drive growth, through being responsive, creative, relevant and practical in focus. The award recognises our work in food and drink development and innovation, in supporting graduate start-ups in the creative industries and the promotion of our aspirations for land across the campus.”

Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen Margaret University (Winner, 2016 – Innovation In Business).

We all like to get a pat on a back for a job well done and our Business Awards are a way of formalising that in front of an audience of Edinburgh’s top businesses and leaders.

Ok, So I know why I should apply…how do I?

As it generally goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it. So you’ll be pleased to hear that applying for our awards literally couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is complete our entry form, available to download from our website here with the following information:

Award Category

Company/Entrant Name

Nominated by

Contact Details

No. of Employees

Date Founded

Why You’re Submitting in no more than 1000 words

Ok, so I’ve applied…what next?

The deadline for all submissions is Monday 06 February. Once submissions are received, they are sent to our expert panel of judges who will shortlist nominees for each category. Entries are judged at two stages and nominees will be notified as soon after the panel has come to a decision.

Then for the exciting part – winners won’t be announced until evening of the awards on Monday 27th February, so if you want to be the first to hear then make sure you book your seat! Tickets costs £100+VAT per person, or why not make a staff night out of it and book a table of ten for £800+VAT!

Last but not least…

We hope that we’ve made the process for applying as easy as possible BUT should you have any questions, we are here to help. You can get in touch by emailing Emma Reid or Roxy Nicol on or alternatively give us a ring on 0131 221 2999.

We can’t wait to see you there.

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