More than 150 leading British businesses have been named as finalists for the 2012 National Business Awards.
The prestigious awards, for which Sky News is official broadcast partner, aim to recognise the country’s best talent within the world of business and includes a shortlist of private, public and third sector companies.
Among those up for prizes are National Grid, Marks and Spencer and London Early Years Foundation.
Following a tough year for many companies, the rewards will be welcome wins for those crowned, giving the organisations a chance to showcase their contribution to the UK’s business and economy.
Collectively the finalists represent an annual turnover of more than £135bn and employ over 700,000 people.
Chair of judges, Baroness Virginia Bottomley, said: “This year has been a challenging environment for British businesses: these finalists demonstrate how companies are succeeding in the current climate through innovation, originality and tenacity.
“It’s good to see a broad range of companies both in sector and size– an impressive representation of the potential British businesses have.”
Programme director of the National Business Awards, Alex Evans, added: “This year’s finalists paint a picture of the new landscape of business.
“Organisations of all shapes and sizes have realised the value of talent; developing the internal entrepreneurs who will create and sustain growth and nurturing a collaborative and creative culture to drive the innovation needed to compete for, and keep, customers at home and abroad.”