PwC UK Private Business Awards

February 5, 2018

March 23, 2018

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Awards Description

The UK Private Business Awards are now in
their eighth year, having been held every year since 2011.

The Awards are positioned to recognise success and achievement within the vast number of private businesses in the UK. Being presented to the UK’s most successful private companies, entrepreneurs and management teams, the Awards are often referred to as “the Diamonds”.

Each year sees the attendance of over 450 entrepreneurs, CEOs, FDs, COOs and management teams from a diverse range of industries, along with their corporate advisers.

Sponsored by PwC, this year’s event will be held once again at The Brewery, London EC1 on Thursday 13 September 2018. Providing excellent networking opportunities for anyone involved in this sector, it really is an event not to
be missed!

Key Dates

Nominations open | Mon. 5 February ’18

Nominations close | Fri. 23 March ’18

Submission form deadline | Weds. 2 May ’18

Voting Panel meeting | Mon. 4 June ’18

Shortlist published on website | Weds. 6 June ’18

UK Private Business Awards | Thurs. 13 September ’18

The Awards

The awards cover the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.


Technology Innovation of the Year Award

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Social Enterprise of the Year Award

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High Growth Business of the Year Award

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Rising Star Award

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International Business of the Year Award

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Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Private Business Woman of the Year Award

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CEO of the Year Award

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Family Business of the Year Award

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Private Business of the Year Award

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Who is eligible?

 All privately owned businesses are eligible for the awards, as defined below.

  • All privately owned businesses.
  • The business must be UK headquartered and have some UK‑based operations.
  • For one category, Private Business of the Year, the business must be at least 51% owned by private individual shareholders or trusts.
  • Its shares must not be publicly traded but it could have received Private Equity or Venture Capital funding; however, no one individual institutional investor can have control.
  • A private business may have Private Equity or Venture Capital investors but no one individual institutional investor can have control.
  • The awards cover the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.

Voting Panel

The Voting Panel will meet on Monday 4 June 2018 to deliberate on this year’s nominations and arrive at a final shortlist.

The credentials of members of the 2018 Voting Panel will be announced here in due course.



View details of the 2017 Voting Panel


Main sponsor


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“I’m Brian Henderson and I’m delighted to be the PwC partner sponsor for the UK Private Business Awards, which is now in
its eighth year and continues to celebrate this critical part of our UK Economy. 

While PwC is probably better known for working with the world’s largest companies, there’s another part of our firm that’s just as important to us and even more important to our clients. More than 25% of our business comes from advising privately owned companies, their owners and their families, so it is a critical part of our work that we are passionate about.

Over the last six years of the awards, I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting many of the nominees, short listed companies
and winners and I am still blown away by the passion, dynamism
and stories behind the entrepreneurs and companies I have met.

From start-ups to iconic global companies and from social enterprises to family businesses, the talent, innovation and hunger to succeed amongst the UK’s private business community is unrivalled. PwC’s Private Business team continues to be well placed to support you and the market as a whole with our breadth of experience and our expertise in the sector.”


Gold sponsors


Be Involved

Ways to be involved

There are numerous ways of being involved with the UK Private Business Awards, including:

Hosting a table

Reservations will be available for tables of ten people. Numbers are strictly limited and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.


Advertising in the brochure is welcomed and enables your key messages to reach a highly targeted audience. The event brochure is available on the night and contains details of all the nominees, the programme for the night, the running order and the menu. Uniquely, it also contains the names of all attendees, in alphabetical and table order. Thus it is widely used as a corporate finance reference guide for up to a year after the event.


Sponsorship opportunities sometimes become available, including sponsorship of an individual award, sponsorship of the official drinks reception or sponsorship of the menu. Sponsorship opportunities are, by their very nature, limited. Costs and availability on request.


If you have any queries, please contact the event organiser, Jo Thomas, at Ford Sinclair Ltd on 01277 350 557 or by email:

Nominations FAQs

Period under review

The awards cover the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.


Nomination deadlines

Nominations open on Monday 5 February 2018
Nominations close on Friday 23 March 2018
Online submission forms must be completed by Wednesday 2 May 2018

If you wish to be added to our mailing list for notifications, please sign up for email alerts here.



Is there a fee to enter the awards? ▼

There are no costs to enter the UK Private Business Awards.

Do the companies have to be UK headquartered? ▼

Please see information on eligibility here.

What does the nominations process involve? ▼

Nominations will open on Monday 5th February 2018.

You will then be able to make one or several nominations by following the online instructions.

Once your nomination(s) have been submitted, the nominator should receive an email confirmation and the nominee(s) should also then receive an email outlining the next steps.

Submission form

Nominees will be sent an email for all nominated categories with a link to an online detailed submission form. Please fill out the form as directed by Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

If you require any assistance with the submission, please email Emma Hamblett at

Details supplied in your submission, along with other publicly available information such as your company accounts, will be assessed as part of the judging process. The Voting Panel will meet on Monday 4th June 2018 and the final shortlist will be announced on this website on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

If I require further information on the nominations process, who should I contact? ▼

If you have any queries regarding the nominations process, or any queries about submission form questions, please contact the UK Private Business Awards Team, alternatively call Emma Hamblett on
020 7212 3609.

When are the winners due to be announced? ▼

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Thursday 13th September 2018 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD.

Who can I contact with regards to the UK Private Business Awards dinner? ▼

For further information on sponsorship, purchasing a table at the event or any other queries regarding the dinner, please contact Jo Thomas on 01277 350557.

Contact Information

Event/Gala/Luncheon Details

September 13, 2018

The Brewery, Chiswell street, London EC1

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