2017 Winner - Perkbox

  • Written By: Ben Mitchell
  • Published: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:42 GMT

Perkbox has been named winners of the Smith & Williamson Scale-up Business of the Year at the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

This award recognises a market leading increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last three years.

Perkbox is a cloud-based employee perks and engagement platform for businesses of all sizes. Chieu Cao, Co-founder & CMO of Perkbox said: “It feels amazing to win a Lloyds Bank National Business Award, we are trying to democratise the benefits market which is something that’s never been done before, bringing benefits to millions of companies and not just a select few - we definitely have the right team and we are very proud of it.”

The judges felt that Perkbox has reinvented the world of employee benefits, targeting the largely untapped SME market with an engaging cloud-based digital employee engagement platform. The company’s product and culture has fired the imagination of users, creating a “right place, right time” business that has delivered exponential, scale-up growth. Perkbox is “an outstanding winner of the Smith & Williamson Scale-Up Business of the Year Award and firmly on track to be a global leader in employee engagement,” commented judges.

“Perkbox has demonstrated the benefits of staying agile as a business and has gone from strength to strength following a very insightful pivot and a market leading business development approach. Recent results prove that they are in demand from their customers, as well as the funding community,” said Guy Rigby, head of entrepreneurial services at Smith & Williamson.

Over 1200 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 Breakfast's Naga Munchetty and welcomed Mo Farah as headline speaker.

The winners across all 16 categories included Missguided, which triumphed as the Amazon Digital Business of the Year, Concrete Canvas, winner of the Samsung Innovation Award, and Accesso, winner of the Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year.

Alan Rubenstein, CEO of Pension Protection Fund was named Keys Business Concierge Leader of the Year. This award recognises the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders and industry champions from the private, public and third sectors. The finalists were judged on their achievements as business leaders over the last 18 months, and their personal achievements in the course of their career.

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

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Notes to editors
Smith & Williamson is a leading financial and professional services firm providing a comprehensive range of investment management, tax, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients and their business interests. The firm’s c1,800 people operate from a network of 11 offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton. Smith & Williamson is part of The Tilney Smith & Williamson Group.

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