Categories 2020

Take a look through our categories of awards for this year.

Start-up Business of the Year

New and innovative business.

This category is for business which have been trading for fewer than two years and have demonstrated a high level of entrepreneurship and vision to establish themselves in their market

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • A clear business idea and start up process
  • A defined vision for developing and growing the business
  • Effective marketing strategies to promote the business

Family Business of the Year

Excelling in a family-owned business.

You’re a family run and owned business where more than one family member is involved in the operation and management of the business.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Significant influence of the family on the business development and success
  • Staff engagement and development
  • A defined vision how current and future family generations will be involved

Micro Business of the Year

Successfully running a one-person business.

This category is open to any business with one employee with a potential to grow. It also includes sole traders.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • A business that is sustainable
  • Demonstration of leadership and innovation
  • Potential for further growth

Small Business of the Year

A growing dynamic business operation.

Open to organisations with 10 or less staff and have delivered consistent growth through great leadership, understanding their customers and engaging employers. The business has been trading for more than 2 years.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Consistent growth and strong financial performance
  • Strong leadership with the ability to drive the business forward
  • Evidence of the business commitment to staff

Medium Business of the Year

An established business operation.

This award is open to any established business employing 11- 49 employees and has been trading for more than two years. The company should be able to demonstrate all-round strength.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • An established market position
  • Initiatives and strategies for business growth
  • Key objectives over the next three years

Large Business of the Year

An established business operating for a minimum of 5 years.

This award is open to any business that employs more than 50 staff. The company should be able to demonstrate outstanding organisation, exceptional financial returns and strong growth.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Turnover of 5 million in the last financial year
  • Vision for the next 3-5 years
  • Proven success and achievement during the past 12 months

Online Business of the Year

Achieving growth with digital innovation.

Open to any organisation operating online, this category recognises those best optimising all aspects of e-commerce to achieve growth and strong financial performance through exceptional customer experience.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Business growth as a result of digital technology
  • Evidence of achieving positive sales
  • A growing reputation

Catering & Hospitality Business of the Year

Restaurants, cafe, takeaways and hotels

This award is open to restaurants, cafe, takeaways and hotels that are either independent, part of a franchise or chain and have been operating successfully for the last 2 years.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • A growing reputation
  • Culinary expertise & exceptional service
  • Relaxing ambience and value for money

Hajj and Umrah Business of the Year

Adding value to customers travel package.

The Hajj and Umrah Award provides recognition to licensed Hajj & Umrah Tour Operators within the community. Awards are open to all small and big tour operators including suppliers for Hajj and Umrah.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Excellent management and customer services
  • An established market position
  • Adding value to customer satisfaction

Travel and Tourism Business of the Year

Demonstrating creative and commercial success.

This award welcome entries from all tourism businesses and tour operators- includes agents, suppliers and destination operators.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Value for money provided to customers
  • Diversity of tours and innovation
  • Tours Compatible for the Muslim Traveler

Professional Services Business of the Year

Service based businesses achieving excellence.

This award will look at businesses that demonstrate excellence in the professional services sector, that can show evidence of strong financial performance and excellent customer services.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Excellent customer service
  • Evidence of new and innovative services introduced over the last year.
  • Best possible practice in your sector

Fashion Business of the Year

Taking modest fashion to the next level.

This award will recognise a fashion business who has overseen both creative and commercial success in the past year and is making waves in the fashion industry

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • A growing force in the fashion industry
  • Customer satisfaction
  • What sets the business part from competitors

Businessman of the Year

Outstanding entrepreneur – Male.

This award will recognise a businessman who has been instrumental in the overall success of a business over the last two years, whose entrepreneurial outlook and vision for their business sets them apart from the crowd.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Vision for your business
  • The nature and extent of the personal contribution to the business
  • Strategic business plans and your skills that helped the business to grow

Businesswoman of the Year

Outstanding entrepreneur – Female.

This award will recognise a business woman who has been instrumental in the overall success of a business over the last two years, whose entrepreneurial outlook and vision for their business sets them apart from the crowd.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • Vision for your business
  • The nature and extent of the personal contribution to the business
  • Strategic business plans and your skills that helped the business to grow