Posted: Fri 15th Jun 2012
Our own Emma Jones is on the judging panel for the awards, which will reward businesses in eight categories:
Social Media: For the small business that has demonstrated an innovative use of social media to promote a brand, product or service
Global Reach: This award will honour the business which demonstrates an understanding of what it means to be a global player
Next Generation: This award will celebrate successful business owners aged 25 or below who have driven innovation forward against the odds
Community Support: This award will honour the business making a measurable difference to their local economy or community
Manufacturing Innovation: This award looks to celebrate the business, whether small-scale start-up or long-standing company, that has displayed innovation in UK manufacturing
Green Award: This award will commend the business that has operated with a positive environmental attitude over the last 12 months
Use of Mobile: This award will honour the business that displays the ability to think differently and can demonstrate the most innovative use of mobile devices to promote or sell a product or service
The HP Smart Business Award: The award for the HP Smart Business of the year 2012 will reward the business that has excelled across the board, delivering exceptional performance and results.
Winners in each of the categories will receive an individual award trophy and logo, an HP product bundle (laptop, printer and relevant software) and a LinkedIn Pro account. The Smart Business Award winner will receive receive business mentoring from HP advisors and a branding consultant, as well as a place on a Santander Breakthrough Trade Mission to help them develop a strategy for international trade. Announcing the new awards, HP's UK&I director of strategy said: "HP is keen to promote all the fantastic work small and medium-sized businesses have been doing in the UK, especially during these tough economic times. Small enterprises are the engine of growth and innovation for UK economy and we will be rewarding the best in the sector every year and we will be there to support them every step of the way."
To enter, go to the Smart Business Awards website, select a category and explain in 250 words why your business should win. To help put a good entry together, visit HP's LinkedIn Business Answers page for guidance. The closing date for entries is 29th June.
Photo credit: Evelyn Giggles