About the awards

Winners celebrating the MEN Business of the Year Awards

The MEN Business Awards are the region's most prestigious business awards, recognising excellence and innovation across Greater Manchester.

The Awards continue to highlight outstanding achievements in the North West, underlining Manchester’s position as one of the country’s leading regions for business growth. 

Categories for the 2021 awards:

  • *Head office outside Greater Manchester (Turnover £100m+) - Sponsored by CMS
  • Turnover £100m+ - Sponsored by PwC
  • Turnover £50m - £100m - Sponsored by Robert Walters
  • Turnover £25m - £50m - Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
  • Turnover £10m - £25m - Sponsored by Manchester Evening News
  • Turnover £1m - £10m - Sponsored by BusinessLive 
  • *Turnover under £1m 
  • Young Business Person of the Year - Sponsored by Bolton School
  • *Mitchell Henry Prize - Sponsored by LDC
  • *Award for International Trade & Export
  • *All businesses submitting entries will be considered for Mitchell Henry and International Trade & Export awards. Winners decided by the judging panel.

    *No site visits will be conducted for category “Turnover Under £1m“ category. Judges will decide upon finalists from the entry form submitted and will invite approx 3-6 businesses to present to the panel.

    *Head office outside Greater Manchester turnover £100m+. Businesses must show evidence of their positive impact within the Greater Manchester region.
Two women celebrating at the 2018 MEN Business of the Year Awards

Application process

Companies who apply will be visited by the judging panel with representatives from the Executive Judges. Following these meetings a shortlist will be announced.

Shortlisted companies will be invited to make a presentation in September in central Manchester.

Award winners will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony held at the The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on Thursday 18th November 2021. 

Apply for the 2021 Awards here.

Benefits of applying

Shortlisted companies will receive press coverage in the Manchester Evening News, and special recognition at the final awards ceremony.

Winners will receive a profile in the MEN, emphasising the wealth of innovation and business excellence within your company, along with significant press coverage highlighting your company throughout the year.


Additional benefits include:

  • Increasing employee motivation by shining a spotlight on all they do
  • Enhancing your brand profile and attracting the best talent in the region
  • Boosting your PR by taking advantage of the free press coverage
  • Aligning your company with the most prestigious companies in Greater Manchester 
  • Establishing a unique selling point in today's highly competitive marketplace
  • Using the exclusive awards ceremony to network and grow your business

How will you celebrate your success? 

Is your company the next Business of the Year? Contact Us for more information about the Awards and details about how you can apply today.

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