Inaugural TBE Awards now open for entries

By Anita Jaynes on 28 May, 2024

Enter the TBE Awards and get the recognition your business deserves

The TBE Awards in partnership with headline sponsor Thrings Solicitors are now open for entries.

The competition went live on Monday 13th May and the award site has already been flooded with entries. 

There’s something for everyone with 14 categories to choose from. The website details the criteria for each category and alongside this, judges are keen to see entries demonstrating a commitment to:

  • Corporate responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Growth in sales, profits and/or achieving your objectives in addressing the needs of your customers/ target beneficiaries

The categories 

  • Flying the Flag for the South West – Sponsored by Thrings Solicitors
  • The Dream Team Award  
  • Innovation Award – Supported by Business West
  • Leader of the Year
  • Going the extra mile Award
  • Eco Champion of the Year
  • Best Creative Campaign
  • Best Start-up 2024 – Sponsored by SVGC
  • Positive Business Award – Sponsored by Richardson Swift
  • Rising Star Award –  Sponsored by University of Bath, School of Management
  • Going for Growth Award –  Sponsored by Milsted Langdon
  • Charity/ Not for Profit of the Year 
  • Using Tech to Transform Business –  Sponsored by Fractional Finance
  • Best User Experience

The competition is open to any individual, partnership, company, or organisation carrying out their business in Swindon & Wiltshire and Bath & Somerset.

Entries are now open until Friday 6th September with the judging to commence on Monday 9th September.

Winner & Finalist Benefits

  • Media coverage in print and online
  • TBE Talks podcast appearances
  • Video appearances
  • Speaking opportunities at TBE events

The Judges

We have brought together some of our area’s most influential entrepreneurs and business growth partners to judge the TBE Awards 2024. The judges are:

  • Kate Westbrook, Partner & Head of Commercial at Thrings Solicitors
  • Paddy Bradley MBE, Number 11 Consultants Ltd
  • Michelle Pow, Business Development Manager, University of Bath School of Management
  • Kat Wellum-Kent, Founder, Fractional Finance
  • James Eades, Managing Director, Systemagic
  • Ali Hadavizadeh, Business Support Specialist, Acorn Biz Solutions
  • Mirabelle Stobbs, Programme Manager, Swindon Borough Council
  • Emma Carter, Director of Membership, Business West
  • Fiona Scott, Founder Scott Media
  • Debbie Gilbert, Founder of Best Businesswomen Awards

Awards Night

The competition will culminate with a special awards night celebration at Cumberwell Park near Bradford on Avon on Thursday 17th October. Awards Night will be a creative affair with special entertainment alongside the awards ceremony. Tickets are on sale now via the TBE Awards site.

To find out more and to enter visit:

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