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Welcome to our NW SME Growth & Innovation Awards 2022, hosted by Edge Hill University’s Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Productivity & Innovation Centre. The Centre is an internationally recognised and an award-winning Centre of Excellence for supporting growth and scale-up potential SMEs.  

These exclusive Awards are to bestow onto your business the recognition of your achievements and raise your business profile across the region and beyond.

How to Enter

The NW SME Growth & Innovation Awards 2022 recognises achievements in the following five categories:

Award Categories

Business Strategy

Product or Service Innovation

Technology Adoption

Skills for Growth

Investment in Leadership and Management Capabilities

You may enter one or multiple Awards. Each category will require a separate entry form to be completed. You cannot return to the form once information has been entered. We suggest creating your response to each section in Word and copying and pasting into the form when you are ready to submit.

Key Information

Award Entry Guidance

Key Dates

Entry to the 2022 SME Growth & Innovation awards is now closed.

Award entries open:

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Entry deadline date:

Monday 3 October 2022

Shortlists informed:

Monday 10 October 2022 

The Awards Dinner: Thursday 10 November 2022

PIc awards night image of man stood on stage giving a speech in black tie dress

The winners of each category will be revealed at a prestigious celebration finale at the stunning Bliss Hotel in Southport. The newly refurbished hotel boasts a waterfront location that overlooks the marine lake and the Irish sea. 

Shortlisted SMEs will celebrate in style with colleagues and friends at our dress to impress finale and enjoy a top class three course dinner. More details will be sent once the shortlisted SMEs have been informed.

2019 Award Winners

We are delighted to be able to host this event again, post pandemic. Our last celebration took place in 2019. It was a great evening celebrating the deserving winners.

Outstanding SME Award Winner 2019

Winner: Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley

Outstanding SME Award winner 2019 Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley
Winner: Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley

To now be recognised as an Outstanding SME by Edge Hill University, the SME Productivity & Innovation Centre, academia and the wider business community is simply amazing. The entire Awards evening was wonderful, we enjoyed celebrating the winners and being surrounded by so many successful Lancashire-based entrepreneurs and business. To us, any one of them could have been chosen as worthy Outstanding SME Award winners.

Gail Godson, Director, Home Instead

Technology Innovation Award 

Winner: LC Automation 

LC Automation collection their award at the 2019 SME Product and Innovation Centre awards
Winner: LC Automation 

Highly commended: BEC Integrated Systems 

Product or Service Innovation Award 

Winner: Wolfenden Concrete 

Wolfenden concrete collection their award at the 2019 SME Product and Innovation Centre awards
Winner: Wolfenden Concrete 

Highly commended: Dimensions Curriculum

Highly commended: Nugent Santé 

Business Model Innovation Award 

Winner: Blue Wren 

Blue Wren collecting their award at the 2019 SME Product and Innovation Centre awards
Winner: Blue Wren 

Highly commended: Door4 

Growth Business Award 

Winner: VIVA PR 

Viva PR collecting their award at the 2019 SME Product and Innovation Centre awards
Winner: VIVA PR 

Highly commended: Inscape Interiors