Welcome to the brand new Great Big Small Awards, entirely dedicated to recognising small local business and entrepreneurs.

Businesses like yours play such an important part in our economy and community, so we are thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on local business and entrepreneurship and recognise the huge amount of work that goes into running a small business.

We will be having 2 glittering awards ceremonies to celebrate, one for North East Lincolnshire businesses and one for North Lincolnshire businesses, so if you want to be in with a chance, read on….

Entry Form

We have made it as easy as possible to enter with only six questions to answer and a requirement that you answer with 500 words or less for each question.

Although we will not accept any attachments or appendices with your entry, we are happy to look at any electronic links/websites you may wish to share that are already in the public domain. We also assume that you are:

  • Trading solvently for at least 12 months (6 months for the ‘One to Watch’ start up award).
  • You are registered either as a business/organisation or as a sole trader.
  • You are an independent business employing 25 people or less.

All entries will be reviewed by a team of  esteemed judges drawn from business leaders across the area.

There are 12 categories, and you may enter as many as you wish that are pertinent to your business. Please complete the entry form below, it will need to be completed for each category entered. Deadline for entries is strictly midnight on 12/09/2021

All Shortlisted Businesses will be notified and provided with two VIP tickets to one of our glittering awards evenings, at Forest Pines Hotel on 25th February 2022 (for North Lincs businesses), where all the winners will be announced. The evenings will consist of a drink on arrival, a sumptuous buffet, and a cash bar.  After the awards are announced, there will be a chance to strut your stuff on the dancefloor too. Any shortlisted business wishing to bring up to 8 more guests to cheer them on can do so at a cost of £25 a person. (Places are limited and so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Becoming one of our Sponsors will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to promote your company, share a platform with fellow sector leaders, and show your support to the local business community.  Sponsors also benefit from a range of brand awareness and marketing activities across our multi-channel media outlets.

Click on the links below to find out more. To discuss one of these sponsorship packages please call Jo Taylor on 01472 242667 or email jo.taylor@businesshive.net

Overall Event Sponsor Award Sponsor

Award Sponsor Entertainment sponsor

Award Categories

Street Wise – Best high street business-This award is looking for a strong high street business that has a proven record of contributing towards the success of their street.


Clicks & Mortar– Best multi-channel small business-This award celebrates small businesses that use multiple channels, online and offline with innovation and skill to develop their business.


Family Fortunes– Best family business-This award recognises the unique characteristics, challenges and strengths of family run small businesses.


The Strongest Link – Best local supplier – This award recognises small businesses that are working within a business supply chain for one of the areas key industry sectors.


One to Watch – Best business start-up (less than 18 months)-This award is for businesses that have started less than 18 but more than 6 months ago, (from 01/05/2020), and have demonstrated in that time considerable progress to grow and develop.


Screen stars– Best digital only business – This award recognises small businesses that operate only through digital channels.


Heart of the community – The business that contributes most to their community- This award recognises the small businesses that go above and beyond to support their local community.


Solid Gold Service – Best small service business- This award will celebrate the best small ‘service businesses’ in the area, B2B or B2C.


Sole Thriver – Best sole-trader This award is specifically for sole traders and celebrates the tenacity and drive it takes to go it alone.


Go Giver – Best not for profit business – This award will be given to the business that is driven by the positive impact it can have on all or part of the community, the environment, or a specific good cause, more than it is driven by profit levels. This award is ideally suited to CICs, trading charities and not for profits.


The Host with the Most – Best Hospitality business – This award recognises the restaurants, Hotels, B&Bs or pubs who have done remarkable things to make sure their business is the ‘go to’ venue for their customers.


The A Team – Best business team – This award recognises a team nominated by the business owner for working together to go above and beyond for each other, the business, and their customers.


The judges will select an overall Great Big Small Award Winner from the winners of each category.