Great Big Small Awards 2024

Shining a spotlight on local business and entrepreneurship.

Welcome to the 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.

Why not book your seats at the biggest celebration of local business in 2024. 

The Great Big Small Awards 2024 logo.
A small green circle with the word prax on it.

Friday 4th October

Grimsby Town Hall, Doors open 6pm

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.
  • Any business based in North East Lincolnshire, or a Business Hive members business from North Lincolnshire.

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.

All shortlisted businesses will be notified and provided with two VIP tickets to one of our glittering awards evenings. The evenings will consist of a drink on arrival, a sumptuous hot 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 3 more guests to cheer them on can do so at a cost of £35+ VAT (£42) a person. (Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.)

The logo for equans, a venue sponsor for the Great Big Small Awards.

Award Categories

Inspiring Employee Award
Kindly sponsored by Cobus Communications

Recognising an individual, nominated by their employer for the ‘above & beyond’ support they give to the business and their colleagues.

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

Family Fortunes – Best family business
Kindly sponsored by Hancocks Menswear
This award recognises the unique characteristics, challenges and strengths of a small family run business.

The Strongest Link – Best local supplier
Kindly sponsored by North East Lincolnshire Council
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)
Kindly sponsored by SourceFour Ltd

This award is for businesses that have started less than 18 but more than 6 months ago, (i:e Must have started between 1st May 2023 and the 1st April 2024), and have demonstrated significant growth and development in that time.

Heart of the Community – The business that contributes most to their community

Kindly sponsored by Xceco Ltd
This award recognises the small businesses that go above and beyond to support their local community.

Solid Gold Service – Best small service business
Kindly sponsored by Crofts Estate Agents
This award will celebrate the best small ‘service business’ in the area, B2B or B2C.

Sole Thriver – Best sole-trader
Kindly sponsored by Austin Hempstead
This award is specifically for those one person businesses with no employees recognising the diversity of skills required to run a business on your own. 

Go Giver – Best not for profit business 
Kindly sponsored by Ethical Recruitment Agency
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
Kindly sponsored by Dee Bee Wholesale
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
Kindly sponsored by Forrester Boyd
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.

Going Green 

Kindly sponsored by Laser Red

The award for a company who has risen to the environmental challenge and can show how it has adapted and innovated to reduce its carbon footprint. From small changes such as using less paper,  to planting trees, using less energy or even investing in green products such as solar panels.  For business Large or small, it’s the size of the change that counts!


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

Kindly sponsored by Pepperells Solicitors

Award entries close 31st July 2024 and you will receive an email by 31st August 2024 with the outcome of your entry.

With thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Logos of various businesses and organizations such as S4, Laser Red, LC Group, Pepperells Solicitors, PRAX, Equans, Crofts Estate Agents, Dee Bee Wholesale, Forrester Boyd, Xceco, Era Employment and North East Lincolnshire Council at the Great Big Small Awards 2024.

A few sponsorships opportunities still available.

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