Small Business Saturday Awards 2019

Q. I’m not a shop, restaurant or café – can I still nominate myself?

A. Yes! We welcome applications from any small business based on a high street in Brent.

Q. How do I nominate myself?

A. Simple – just email us at business@brent.gov.uk outlining which award you’re nominating yourself for, plus a written explanation and/or photograph of how you meet the criteria. Written explanations should be short and sweet – no more than 200 words please!

Q. What happens if I win?

A. The winners will be announced a week before Small Business Saturday and the council will then provide free promotion – including social media, photocalls, and news stories – for the winning businesses.

Q. Can I nominate myself for more than one award?

A. Yes – if you feel like you meet the criteria for more than one award you are welcome to apply for multiple awards. However, please bear in mind that you’re most likely to be successful if you target your application and show us exactly how you meet the criteria in question!

Q. What do previous winners say?

‘We won the Responsible Employer Award in 2018. We received great coverage for our environmental and social responsibility work to be plastic free’.

Lucy Mitchell, MD of SeeWoo.

‘It was great winning the award. It showed that people really appreciated the hard work we had put in to make the business a success’.

Max Reich, founder and owner of Rubio in Harlesden.

‘I saw my sales went up by 20% after winning the awards and our likes on social media received 4 and 5 stars’.

Mohammed Faisal, owner of Desi Zaika in Wembley.

Q. What are the top tips for submitting my application

  1. Read all the categories and apply to those categories which are most suitable for your business.
  2. You are more likely to be successful if you show us exactly how you meet what the judges are looking for. 
  3. Include testimonials from customers. These should support what you are saying. You might think your business is fantastic but this needs to be backed up by your customers.
  4. Include facts or figures to support your application. It is better to say ‘My turnover increased by £10,000 in 18/19 and I employed 2 extra part-time staff’. Rather than simply ‘My business grew in 18/19’.
  5. Keep your application to a maximum of 500 words.
  6. Make sure you get your application submitted by 14 October at 8pm.