How, Why and When to Enter the Leicester Mercury Business Awards

Leicester Mercury Business Awards
How, Why and When to Enter the Leicester Mercury Business Awards


It’s that time of year again where, as the year comes to a close, attentions turn to the year ahead and the business calendar of Leicester is already getting booked up. Adding to the line-up of events taking place in 2018 is the always anticipated Leicester Mercury Business Awards.

About the awards

Guests, sponsors and finalists will gather at the city’s Maher Centre on Thursday 12 April. The Maher Centre, located in the heart of the bustling city, is one of Leicester’s premier venues and will provide a stunning backdrop for the event.  

Upon arrival, guests can expect to be welcomed by a Champagne reception providing a perfect opportunity to network, socialise and settle into the evening. Once Champagne has been sipped and introductions have been made, everyone will be escorted to their tables where a three-course dinner will be served which will showcase spring dishes made of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

While the networking opportunities are unrivalled, the main cause of the night is to of course commend and reward the businesses that are the linchpin of the city. The awards will see representatives from some of the region’s business elite whether it be top law firms or thriving retail stores.

The categories have been hand-chosen to give as many businesses as possible a fighting chance of success. And, all 14 are open for nominations!

The full list of categories are as follows:

  • Company of the Year
  • SME Business of the Year
  • Employer of the Year (NEW FOR 2018)
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Business Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Customer Service Excellence Awards (NEW FOR 2018)
  • Excellence in Science & Technology Award
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Award
  • Apprentice Employer of the Year
  • Professional Services Award
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • Sustainability Award (NEW FOR 2018)
  • Contribution to the Community Award
  • Not for Profit Organisation Award

Why enter?

Anyone involved in the Leicester Mercury Business Awards has access to the valuable networking opportunities the event presents. With a room full of businesspeople with the same drive for success it is a great chance to build on contacts and build relationships.

Winning an accolade at the awards opens the door to many business opportunities. Clients are always drawn to businesses that have awards to their name, it presents trust and excellence. The Leicester Mercury Business Awards have grown significantly since its beginnings and an award of this kind truly heightens any business’ profile.

How to enter

Getting involved in this year’s Leicester Mercury Business Awards is easy. Simply visit, click ‘Enter Now’, input your details and then download or fill in the entry form.

All entries must be submitted before midnight on Friday 12 January!

Become a sponsor

The Leicester Mercury Business Awards is always lucky to have some fantastic sponsors on board. The sponsors are responsible for helping to raise the profile of the event, and support the various categories throughout the awards’ campaign.

So far, the sponsors that have put their name to the awards include: AXA PPP Healthcare, BHIB Insurance Brokers, Data Clarity Ltd, De Montfort University, Eileen Richards Recruitment, Freeths, Global Payments, Mazars, Samworth Brothers, Ventola Projects, Training for Business, PPL PRS Ltd, MNE Accounting and Janine Edwards Wealth Management.