Coventry wins National Business Award

Coventry has been named winner of the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship, at this year’s Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

Coventry University were named winners of Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship, at the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

This award recognises the work of universities to encourage, prepare and enable entrepreneurial opportunities, distinguishing those doing and delivering the most.

Coventry University is a business-facing university where enterprise and innovation is at the heart of what they do. Year-on-year they have set growth and innovation targets to keep pace with the changing environment and to remain competitive.

ABOVE: The Awards were presented by BBC Breakfast newscaster Naga Munchetty

Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Business & Law, Coventry University said: “On behalf of Coventry University, it feels delightful to win a Lloyds Bank National Business Award, it’s really an honour. I think the Lloyds Bank National Business Award means a lot for the Coventry community, it recognises some of the good work that we’ve been doing, trying to develop our university and students in our region.”

Over 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the 16th annual National Business Awards, and together continued the celebration of the Best of British Ambition. The Awards were presented by BBC Breakfasts Naga Munchetty and welcomed Mo Farah as headline speaker.

ABOVE: Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Business & Law, Coventry University, accepted the award.

Nina Wright, Chief  Commercial  Officer  &  Transformation  Director of UBM  EMEA,  organisers  of  the event  said: “Another fabulous ceremony celebrating the best of British ambition. The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are the UK’s most recognised business accolade, a chance for these flourishing companies to celebrate their achievements in the diverse company of others recognised for high performance. Congratulations to all of our finalists and of course, the 2017 winners.”

For more information and to find out how to register your business for the 2018 National Business Awards, visit

The 2017 National Business Award Winners are:

The Lloyds Bank New Business of the year: Signal (London)
The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship: Coventry University (Coventry)
The Vonage Nexmo Business Enabler of the year: Close Brothers Retail Finance (London)
The Smith & Williamson Scale-Up Business of the year: Perkbox (London)
The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the year: Bill Holmes of Radius Payment Solutions (Crewe)
The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the year: J&C Joel (Sowerby Bridge)
The Amazon Digital Business of the year: Missguided (Manchester)
The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award: Ashley Community Housing (Bristol)
The Customer Focus Award: Travel Counsellors (Manchester)
The Business Award for Sustainability Sponsored by Grichan Partnerships: English Tea Shop (London)
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the year: Maria & Sara Trechman of Well & Truly (London)
The Samsung Innovation Award: Concrete Canvas (PontyPridd)
The Howard Kennedy Employer of the year: Alderman Tooling Ltd (Plymouth)
The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-Sized Business of the year: SDS Limited (Biddisham)
The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the year: Accesso (Twyford)
The Keys Business Concierge Leader of the year: Alan Rubenstein, CEO, Pension Protection Fund

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