Best Small Business Award

Sponsor: Harlequins

Harlequins is one of the oldest and most famous rugby clubs in the world. Founded in 1866, the Club has, throughout its vibrant history, been a proud innovator in the game both nationally and globally.

The Club is a founder member of the RFU and is as famous for its quartered shirt, as for its expansive style of play. A truly local and global rugby club, Harlequins has more than 230 community clubs and schools affiliated locally to The Stoop, its home of more than 50 years in south-west London, as well as a further eight across the world.

On a playing front Harlequins has developed one of the most successful Academies in the Premiership and regularly provides players for international representational honours.

Entry Guidelines:

Businesses with a turnover under £1m are invited to enter this category.

To enter you need to be a business or organisation in Richmond upon Thames or do significant work in the borough. When completing the entry forms please use metrics for example proportion of turnover, %, numbers in your evidence – this will assist in the judging. All sizes of businesses and organisations are invited to enter and all will be judged according to their size. If you do not have all the answers you could still win – our independent judges will judge you fairly. The number of characters allowed per question indicates the maximum – by no means do you have to use all of these to answer the questions fully. Please attach any additional evidence such as press releases or testimonials or confidential business balance sheets to support your entry. Any additional questions about entering any of the categories please contact

Entry Form for Category: Best Small Business

Your Name

Your Job Title

Your Email

Your Phone Number (mobile and/or landline)

Name of business or organisation

Please indicate your business sector, type of activity, approximate turnover & no. of employees

1. Is your business either based or does it trade significantly within The Borough of Richmond upon Thames?

2. Can you demonstrate a good financial performance within your sector? Please provide evidence in confidence. 500 words

3. Describe your business strategy and your plan for now/the future and how it delivers for your business. 500 words

4. Do you communicate a clear vision, mission and strategy and how? 200 words

5. Have you developed a brand and how? 500 words

6. Show how you innovate either technically or in other aspects of your business such as people management or marketing. 100 words

7. Via examples show how your business is flexible and adapts successfully to challenges such as difficult market conditions, raising capital, fast changing technology and rapid technological and management related innovation. 200 words

8. Do you have good stakeholder relationships so for example with: customers, investors, employees, environment and so on - please evidence this. 100 words

9. If your business meets these criteria - are you prepared if short-listed to CONFIDENTIALLY share your business' key data with our independent judges? Yes/No - any questions email:

9. Who will collect the award in November at the awards ceremony should you win?

Please upload your company logo and any other documents relevant to your entry here (max. 5Mb)