Today, Southampton Football Club has been shortlisted for the UKTI Growth Business of the Year for the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.
Going up against other finalists, Southampton Football Club will compete for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner held on 10th November at Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Gareth Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The growth of the football club has been an integral element to our operations across the business over the past 18 months. In that time we have made some bold decisions but these have been based on our values and our on going aim to create sustainable business model.
“As a football club we do not operate in the same way many businesses do; fundamentally profit isn’t the marker of our success. We measure our growth on the pitch, in our values, in the perception of the club amongst our supporters and in our commercial streams. As a result, we’re delighted that Southampton Football Club stands alongside some prestigious and powerful companies for the UKTI Growth Business of the Year and that we are making important inroads into our long-term strategy for continued growth.”
The club has been nominated following substantial evidence of growth across its business, including in its finances, innovation, customer service, staff engagement, leadership and ethics. It was also able to demonstrate potential and plans for sustained growth and strong business results.
An all encompassing range of industries are represented in the shortlists for this year’s awards, with companies from recruitment and children’s clothing, to pet food and online marketing being selected for the chance to win a coveted Lloyds Bank National Business Award. The scale of the finalists is just as varied, with companies turning over less than a million pounds to over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people.
Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “The quality and range of this year’s entries exceed even those of last year, which is no mean feat. The draw of being involved with the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards has seen companies from all kinds of industries submit applications, which have been narrowed down using our thorough and comprehensive scoring system. We are now looking forward to the next step in the judging process and meeting some of the finalists face-to-face.”
Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to expert judges who will decide the overall winners that will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 10 November.
Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists or for details on how to attend the event.