Awards Submission

Business Weekly anticipated the current lockdown and has tailored the Awards process accordingly as it has become increasingly obvious that the Government is in a tailspin with what could mockingly be called its strategy concerning COVID.

We took the decision before Christmas to extend the date for entries, and hence the consequent judging process, and to postpone the ‘bounceback banquet’ to Tuesday September 7, 2021 at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

The new deadline for entries is now May 31 and we are extending the publicised categories to include a Quoted Company of the Year Award and an AI Innovation trophy for companies in any line of business leveraging artificial intelligence for the greater good.

Companies who have already entered – plus new entrants are urged to keep us appraised of business developments in the coming months. Progress can be notified to chair of judging, Tony Quested, by email: tquested [at]

The award categories are:

Young Company of the Year: For the most exciting startup enterprise in any sector that has made significant progress in the last 12 months.

Graduate Business of the Year: For a Cambridge-based company that has shown outstanding commercial potential or success over the last 12 months, either founded by a Cambridge University alumnus or which has significantly contributed to the employment and retention locally of Cambridge graduate talent. 

The Michael Marshall Engineering Excellence Award: For a company or individual who in the last 12 months has added game-changing engineering to any product in any business & industry.

Disruptive Technology: For the company in any sector whose science or technology is deemed to be genuinely game-changing.

International Trade Champion: For a company in any industry that has significantly broadened its export sales or access to global markets.

Cambridge Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award: To recognise an extraordinary career devoted to innovation and commercial success for the benefit of society and the UK economy.

Life Science Innovation: For the organisation or individual who has done the most to further the cause of life science discovery for the benefit of human healthcare.

Cambridge Judge Business School Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: For a woman entrepreneur who can demonstrate outstanding achievements in the last 12 months and who inspires and nurtures other women to excel. 

Kate Gross Award for Social Enterprise: For Cambridge-based social enterprises creating proven social or environmental impact through business.

Cambridge Enterprise Academic Entrepreneur of the Year: For outstanding work by an academic as an innovator, founder or consultant in the past 12 months.

AI Innovation: For the most successful deployment of Artificial Intelligence in any business segment.

Quoted Company of The Year Award: For an East of England business listed on any public market that has delivered best value for shareholders in the last 12 months.

From these a Business of the Year will be selected to join a Hall of Fame that includes Abcam, ARM, Autonomy, AVEVA, British Sugar, CSR, Darktrace, Domino, Frontier Developments, Horizon Discovery, Ieso Digital Health, Perkins Engines, Pi Group, Ryanair, TTP and Treatt plc.

Enter by completing the form below or tquested [at] (email Tony Quested).

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Please attach a set of your latest accounts + a statement up to 100 words on why you should be shortlisted to Awards. Alternatively post your entry with 2 sets of your latest accounts + your 100 word statement to Awards, Business Weekly, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WS
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