See this year’s categories and past Winners below…
Companies, partnerships and organisations may enter multiple categories.
Please see our Top Tips on writing a winning nomination.
Bear in mind that our judges are guided to assess nominations on these lines:
Evidence of excellence & response to pandemic 35%
Quality of Nomination 25%
Distinctiveness of offering 15%
Click on a category to learn more
The Platinum Award is given to the crème de la crème, stand-out best category winner on the night chosen by our judges. They’ll be looking for a company that has had demonstrated a stellar year with serious impact on the city. That could be through recruitment, awareness raising activity, contribution to local causes and the community or the economy.
2020 Winners: LettUs Grow
2019 Winners: Bristol Old Vic
2018 Winner: The Downs Festival
2017 Winner: Bristol Energy
From crafts, plays, music, paintings, dance and galleries – Arts make the city so unique, benefitting residents and attracting visitors. Tell us what makes your organisation stand out, showcase and share the creativity of Bristol.
2020 Winners: Early Day Films
2019 Winners: Bristol Old Vic
2018 Winner: Spike Island
2017 Winner: Brave Bold Drama
From the Big Night Out to a drink after work, bars are an important part of this city. We welcome nominations for this category from cocktail bars, wine bars, craft beer venues and pubs.
Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals and give a memorable experience to visitors.
2020 Winner: The Strawberry Thief
2019 Winner: Greenbank
2018 Winner: The Strawberry Thief
2017 Winner: The Old Bookshop
The Business Services category is for all companies with a specific B2B offering, selling your goods or services to other businesses. This could be technical support, people-based, catering, a particular item or product-based service. (Please note: there is a separate category for Legal and Financial companies.)
Judges will be looking for demonstrations of the efficiency and effectiveness, repeat business and recommendations, growth and/or positive results in the past year and what makes your service a cut above the rest.
2020 Winner: Loom Digital
2019 Winner: ETM Recycling
2018 Winner: Bottle Yard Studios
2017 Winner: Kinneir Dufort
We want to hear all about the finest cafés, coffee shops, tea shops and delis. Whether great for coffee, cake, brunch, lunch or simply hanging out, what makes your place special?
Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals, and give a memorable experience to visitors.
2020 Winners: Vintage Birdcage Cakery
2019 Winners: Beets N Roots
2018 Winner: Cox & Baloney Tea Rooms
2017 Winner: The Eating Room
The Charity category is open to all local independent registered charities. Nominate your organisation to showcase your cause and the great contribution it makes locally.
The Judges will not be judging based on the value or personal attachment to a particular cause, but how well the charity serves it. Share fundraising success, what this has meant to your charity and how you have delivered this in the past year.
2020 Winners: FareShare South West
2019 Winners: The Grand Appeal & One25
2018 Winner: Bristol Rovers Community Trust
2017 Winner: Empire Fighting Chance
The Civic Award highlights the contribution of an organisation or company which has improved Bristol this year. Some new initiative which makes our city better or commitment to helping develop others, or notable charitable work. This is open to ANY company in Bristol.
2020 Winner: City to Sea
2019 Winner: The Bristol Wing (YMCA)
This category is for any creative organisation from marketing/PR agencies, publishers, web designers, designers, TV film and video companies, photographers and makers – and so-oh much more! We want to hear about your success in the past year, new clients, big contracts or work you’re particularly proud of and how you did it. This city is full of creativity and this is your opportunity to write the best pitch ever…
2019 Winner: Istoria Group
2019 Winner: Ignition
2018 Winner: Window Wanderland
2017 Winner: Milliners’ Guild
The Education category is for any teaching establishments (schools, classes, colleges and universities) or education-focused organisations (edtech, coaching, courses).
The Judges will be looking for ways you have achieved success with your students in the past year. Have you taught in an innovative way? Any practises that have been particularly effective? Any ways you have used your educated community to impact Bristol in a bigger way?
Think you could come top of your class? Imagine winning!
2020 Winner: Bristol Upholstery Collective
2019 Winner: UWE
2018 Winner: Weston College
2017 Winner: Flamingo Chicks
The Environmental category is open to any Bristol company or organisation which has achieved something significant environmentally.
Do you have a new or enhanced environmental initiative? What practices make your organisation stand out? How are you making your business or organisation lean and green now and for future generations?
New for 2021!
From festivals, to community, to sporting, to corporate and all in between, events make a huge impact on the culture of a city – share your event successes and you could win this category. This can be an individual event or a series and the judges are looking for overall impact on attendees, success of the past event and measure of this as well as how well executed it was.
2020 Winner: Bristol Pride
2019 Winner: St Pauls Carnival
2018 Winner: The Downs Festival
2017 Winner: Upfest
This financial category is open to all financial companies in the area, supplying services to businesses and individuals alike. Could your company be award winning?
2019 Winner: Parmenion Capital Partners LLP
2018 Winner: Key Solutions
2017 Winner: Forrest Brown
This Award will be given to a place that serves great quality food and drink, supported by amazing service and a comfortable vibe, all within a relaxed pub atmosphere.
Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals, and give a memorable experience to new visitors.
2020 Winner: Grow Bristol
2019 Winner: Thatchers
2018 Winner: Dunleavy Vineyards
2017 Joint Winners: Pieminister / The Severn Project
Hair & Beauty
The Hair & Beauty category is open to all beauty and hair salons in the area. Tell us about your great successes and client feedback, and you could be an Award winner! For your entry share how your business has thrived in the past year, how you have attracted new clients and retained existing ones – what makes them come back? What makes your offering stand out and why has it worked?
2020 Winner: Bloggs Salons
2019 Winner: Nuala Morey Hair & Beauty
2018 Winner: Hair At 58
2017 Winner: Hobbs
Health & Wellbeing
This category is for any organisation which helps the community improve its health and wellbeing. This could be anything from nutrition, fitness classes or groups, healthcare, dentists, opticians, doctors, surgeries, health clubs and more! Share your results and successes by nominating in this category.
2020 Winner: Access Sport
2019 Winner: Empire Fighting Chance
2018 Winner: Great Weston Ride
2017 Winner: Bristol Nordic Walking
Homes & Interiors
The Home & Interiors category is for any business that designs, decorates, furnishes or refurbishes a commercial or private property. Stand-out year, with significant, successful projects..? You could soon be furnished with one of our splendid Awards!
2020 Winner: Stylemongers Of Bristol
2019 Winner: Blossom & Brush
2018 Winner: Bristol Upholstery Collective
2017 Winner: Sustainable Kitchens
Calling all solicitors, accountants, banks, lawyers, financial advisors, insurance, legal experts, wealth managers, law firms and more. This category is open to all legal or financial companies in the area, whether supplying services to businesses or consumers.
2020 Winner: Gregg Latchams
2019 Winner: Barcan + Kirby
2018 Winner: VWV
2017 Winner: VWV
Leisure & Tourism
This category is all about enjoyment in the city: venues, accommodation, activities or visitor attractions, whether for tourists, residents or both. The Judges will discuss: How does your offering make Bristol better? How have your visitor statistics improved in the past year? Did visitors have a great time and can you share their feedback?
2020 Winner: Quirky Campers
2019 Winner: Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
2018 Winner: Aerospace
2017 Winner: Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
The New Business category is for absolutely any business which has started in the city after 1 July 2019. Nominate your new business, celebrate your success, raise your profile – and you could win an Award!
The Judges are looking for a business that’s a potential star of tomorrow, what gap in the market does it fill? How have customers responded? What positive indicators have there been in the past 12 months?
2020 Winner: Oceans Adventure
2019 Winner: The Coconut Tree
2018 Winner: Mobius Works
2017 Winner: Bristol Energy
Are people your specialism? Whether recruitment, human resources, developing talent or coaching, if you know what makes people tick and know how to help companies get the very best out of their most important assets, then this is the category for you.
2020 Winner: NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator
If you’re making a big difference to the property sector locally, this one’s for you. From estate agents and letting agents to developers, architects, construction/building companies and surveyors, tell our judges about your success in shaping Bristols thriving built environment and how we use it.
2020 Winner: Sweet Construct
2019 Winner: Dribuild
2018 Winner: Acorn Property Group
2017 Winner: Wapping Wharf
With so many excellent local eateries to choose from, what makes your restaurant stand out from the crowd? This award is for establishments from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants and anything in between. [Please note: Foodie Pub and Café have their own categories.]
2020 Winner: The Malago
2019 Winner: Root
2018 Winner: The Old Market Assembly
2017 Winner: Casamia
This Award is for both offline and online retailers that are based in the city, If your store has had a great year of trading and customer satisfaction, nominate it for a Bristol Life Award which you could soon have to display in your shop window…
Please note: to qualify as Best Retailer, nominees need to have a physical shop presence in the area, though clearly can cite online sales too.
2020 Winner: Eclectic Gift Shop
2019 Winner: British Corner Shop
2018 Winner: Papersmiths
2017 Winner: Nicholas Wylde
Technology & Innovation
This Award is open to all companies centred on tech and innovation: developers, fintech, biotech, healthtech, app builders, product development, online platforms, designers, tech retailers. Digital focus? Nominate!
2020 Winner: LettUs Grow
2019 Winner: Techmodal
2018 Winner: Unit DX
2017 Winner: Yellow Dog