The Bradford Means Business Awards 2021 aim to celebrate the successes and achievements of companies throughout the Bradford district.

Nominations are open across ten categories, and the Winner of Winners Award will be decided on the night.

Small and medium enterprises showing marked success over the last year will be recognised in this award category.

The SME of the Year award, sponsored by BHP, is open to companies which normally employ no more than 75 full-time staff while demonstrating a strong financial performance.

This award looks to celebrate companies that are integral to the economy.

For all finalists, judges will consider current trading performance and the prospective growth and development opportunities for the future of the business.

In 2019, it was Exa Networks that took home the trophy for SME of the Year, much to director Mark Cowgill’s delight.

Founded in 2003, the internet service provider started out in a small office space in Halifax, before moving back into its Bradford hometown in 2005.

Co-founder Mr Cowgill said at the time: “Of all the awards we’ve ever won it’s the one I’m most proud of. It’s just about crying out what we’re doing.”

The business is an internet service provider and software development house with the team focusing on the education and business marketplaces.

The aim is to help educators understand how they can use computers, programming and online safeguarding in their working lives.

Find out more about the Bradford Means Business Awards 2021 here and nominate a business here.