Tomorrow's Business Awards
Our Tomorrow’s Business Awards competition, supported by NatWest, looked for entrepreneurs who want to develop their business while making a positive difference to themselves, their local community or their environment. The competition has now closed - check back soon to find out who the three winners are!
Our Tomorrow's Business Awards competition is now closed.
Our Tomorrow’s Business Awards, supported by our long-term partner NatWest, celebrate the positive impact starting a business can have on an individual, the community or the environment and sustainability.
Did you receive start-up support from The Prince's Trust or know someone who did?
We're looking for businesses who received start-up support over the last 10 years to put themselves forward for the chance to win £3,000 and a series of one-to-work mentoring sessions and business-boosting workshops with industry gurus. Since 1983 we've helped to set up over 80,000 innovative businesses, and know you're one of them. So, why not shout about your talent, hard work and success and walk away with some fantastic prizes to take your business to the next level?
The competition is now closed.
- £3,000 to be invested in the business
- A Tomorrow’s Business Awards trophy
- Invitation and travel to a business networking lunch
- A one-to-one mentoring session with one of our well known, successful business people
- Lloyd Dorfman, Founder of Travelex and Chairman of The Prince's Trust
- Steve Rowe, CEO of Marks & Spencer
- Claire Locke, Co-Founder of Artigiano
- A workshop on business innovation from Bloomberg
- A tailored session on business finance from NatWest business banking
- A consultation with E-Spark about further mentoring or business accelerator opportunities
Meet the judges
- Martina Milburn CBE, CEO, Prince's Trust
- Justine Burgess, Senior Head for Employment and Enterprise in South Region, Prince's Trust
- Keith Hanlon, Prince's Trust volunteer business mentor
- Peter Flavel, CEO, Coutts
- James Eder, Founder and Head of New Business, The Beans Group - a Trust-supported business
- Lucy-Rose Walker, Co-Founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer (CEO)
For full terms and conditions, click here.
The Tomorrow's Business Awards are in partnership with NatWest, proud supporters of The Trust and our Enterprise programme.
Tips on writing a great entry
Three hundred words isn’t many, so think carefully about what you want to write and give examples.
For the first question, we know that starting a business is life-changing for every young person we support, tell us how it changed your life for the better. Did it enable you to move into your own place, offer financial independence, fight feelings of worthlessness or give you a renewed purpose? Or has your business got winning green credentials, with innovative ways of recycling waste or a new take on leaving the planet in a better place than you found it?
Your business may not only have been life changing for you – does it benefit your local community in a measurable way through job creation, providing a vital service or giving you the ability to donate time or money to local causes?
Tell us how your business is a great example of the positive effects of starting an enterprise.
For the second question, the judges want to know why you want to win. How will the prize package help you to move your business forward or help you to make a demonstrable positive change to what you do? Do you want to use the money to bring in a part time employee or is there a vital piece of equipment you need? Are you looking to become more sustainable or move to greener ways of working?
We know that not every business wants to grow in size, so this answer isn’t about how you want to conquer the world (though it’s fine if you do!) – it’s about wanting to be the best business you can be.
Tell us how this prize can help take you from good to great.
- Write clearly including details and examples where appropriate
- Remember you’re competing against other businesses so we want to know your story, specifics are key. Don’t just write “Starting a business changed my life for the better,” we need to know how it changed your life, what differences can you note between then and now?
- Try to avoid acronyms (you may know what a CMS is – but we might not)
- Keep asking yourself – have I answered the question?