National Enterprise Network Awards

Gain recognition of excellence with a 2019 National Enterprise Network Award

The 2019 National Enterprise Network Awards exist to support and celebrate the achievements of its members and the wider enterprise support sector. As ever, our awards look to not only celebrate excellence in the delivery of enterprise support, but also to encourage the exchange of good practice and the development of improved services and organisations. 

Entries are now closed. But you can read more about our 2019 Awards Shortlist, ahead of revealing the names of the overall winners on Friday 22nd November! 

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Our 2019 Awards

For 2019, we have made some big changes to our Award categories so even if you’ve entered before, please read our categories and descriptions carefully. 


Award Categories

Our judging panel will select a shortlist and the most outstanding entry from each of the following categories:

  • Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year (turnover under £750k and over £750k)
  • Enterprise Engagement Award
  • *NEW* Enterprise Support Champion of the Year (open to organisations outside the NEN membership network and NEN Members)
  • *NEW* Innovation in Education Award (open to organisations outside the NEN membership network)
  • *NEW* Enterprise Impact Award

View the detailed category descriptions

Mark these dates in your diary!

  • Final entry deadline Friday 25th October 2019
  • Shortlist announced Friday 1st November 2019
  • Winners announced Friday 22nd November 2019

Why you should apply?

This is your opportunity to be recognised for your achievements! As a winner of an award your organisation will be rightly acknowledged for its success – but the benefits go further than just a trophy.

5 ways that winning an award or commendation can bring success to your organisation

1. Gain a big boost to your organisation’s reputation – stand out among your peers.
2. Secure PR exposure in your local and regional press, and potentially at a national level too.
3. Increase your team’s pride and motivation.
4. Share your win with your stakeholders and clients, and highlight the value of your work.
5. Enjoy the extra profile exposure as we promote your winner’s story within #TeamNEN and our wider network.

A detailed look at each of the Award Categories

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year (for both under and over £750k turnover)

We want to recognise organisations that have worked hard to establish or maintain recognition and impact within their local communities this year. We want to see those sustainable business models that are enabling your organisation to continue your enterprise support for the longer term future. Please note – two awards are made within this category dependent on turnover – above or below £750,000.

This category is only open to NEN Members.

Innovation in Education Award: NEW

Enterprise activity reaches far and wide. This year, we want to recognise the growing work in educational settings to bring enterprise into their environment. We welcome applications from outside the traditional NEN membership for this newly launched category; to showcase enterprise endeavours in an educational setting. Or if you’re a member working with an education provider – showcase that partnership to us here.

This category is open to organisations outside of the NEN membership network.

Enterprise Engagement Award

Can you show how you’ve collaborated in your communities or commercially to bring greater enterprise benefits? What amazing activity are you undertaking that engages with your clients, or stakeholders, or local community in a high impact way. Whether it’s engaging through social media, newsletters, your website, online portals, face-to-face or over the phone, demonstrate to us what’s worked effectively for you and prove the impact its had.

This category is only open to NEN Members.

Enterprise Impact Award: NEW

We know the work of enterprise support organisations makes a difference to hundreds of clients across the country each and every day. What’s that one amazing case study that you’re most proud of this year? We’ve opened up a brand new category so that you and that client can together apply for this new category; showcase your partnership and demonstrate how your work has transformed the life and the business of that client.

This category is only open to NEN Members.

Enterprise Support Champion of the Year – NEW

There’s nothing like a person passionate about enterprise. This is a chance for NEN members and wider enterprise stakeholders to highlight that one person who’s done amazing things in support of enterprise this year. Do you have an Unsung Hero in the team who delivers above and beyond? Has a Board member brought about significant enterprise impact or has a client you’ve worked with become a wider enterprise advocate? This is your chance to recognise them.

This category is to NEN Members AND organisations outside of the NEN membership network.

Terms and conditions

The small print:

1. National Enterprise Network Chair’s organisation is not eligible to enter any of the awards 
2. An organisation is able to enter multiple categories; however, separate submissions must be put forward in each case together with the appropriate supporting evidence. 
3. The following categories are open to organisations outside the NEN membership network: Innovation in Education Award and Enterprise Support Champion of the Year.
4. The following categories are only open to NEN members: Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year, Enterprise Engagement Award and Enterprise Impact Award.
5. All nominations need to be received by Friday 25th October.
6. An independent adjudicating panel will review the award nominations after the closing date, select a shortlist and the most outstanding entry from each of the categories.
7. Winners will remain confidential until announced at the National Enterprise Network Awards 2019 presentation, held as part of the annual conference on 22nd November 2019 in London.
8. The adjudicating panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.