Micro Business of the Year (1-9 Employees)

Celebrating the contribution of micro businesses to Knowsley’s economy, the Judges are looking for sole traders, partnerships and businesses (that are not part of a larger organisation) that can demonstrate outstanding success and/or a positive impact the business has on the community.

In shortlisting, judges will consider the evidence provided for the following:

  • The business journey, for example what makes the business a success, how the businesses has adapted and flourished over the last year:

  • Growth and financial performance to date.

  • Key achievements, for example operating in niche or new markets.

  • Engagement, commitment, and collaboration with customers, staff, and stakeholders.

  • Approach to recruitment, retention, the development and health and wellbeing of staff, managers, and directors.

  • Innovation and creativity, including effective leadership and management.

  • Demonstrating social value, for example apprenticeships (created/sustained), supporting young people into work, use of local suppliers, use of local skills/labour, bringing other businesses into the supply chain, community engagement/involvement.

  • Demonstrating Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), for example the company’s impact on society, the environment (including net zero), and how transparent and accountable it is.

  • Future growth plans and contribution to Knowsley.

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