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SME Business Excellence Awards 2019
10 Years of ‘X’cellence

The year 2019 is truly a momentous year for the Indian economy. With the Narendra Modi-led Government taking charge of its second stint at the Centre, India clearly has its vision set on becoming a US$ 5 trillion economy over the next 5 years. The new government in its first budget lays down a 10-point roadmap for achieving its vision, which includes a renewed thrust on the growth of the MSME sector.

The year 2019 also marks the 10th Anniversary of the most successful SME platform in India - Dun & Bradstreet’s SME Business Excellence Awards. In view of this, Dun & Bradstreet joins hands with RBL Bank Limited for the fourth successive year for SME Business Excellence Awards 2019. In keeping with the significant developments during the year, the theme of this year’s event is ‘In Pursuit of a US$ 5 Trillion Indian Economy: Five Accelerators for SMEs’.

Dun & Bradstreet – RBL Bank SME Business Excellence Awards 2019 is scheduled to take place at a gala event in Delhi. The event will be graced by senior officials from SMEs, government institutions, banks, financial institutions and tech companies. Besides the presentation of Awards and the celebration of the milestone year, the event will also highlight the key focus areas envisioning the role of SMEs in a US$ 5 trillion economy.


*SME Business Excellence Awards 2018 trophy

About the Awards

Why should you nominate


Be Recognized as one of India's Leading SMEs and gain the credibility to unlock new opportunities


The award winners will be felicitated by the Chief Guest at the Mega event

D&B D-U-N-S® Number
Get a Unique Global Business Identifier

Dun & Bradstreet's D-U-N-S number will be given to eligible participants


Getting profiled in the publication ‘Leading SMEs of India 2019' if you are an award winner or among the best performing SMEs

Eligibility Criteria

SME Segment Awards

For the purpose of the Awards, businesses with annual standalone turnover between Rs.5 crore – 250 crore in FY19 will be considered as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Mid-Corporate Segment Awards

For the purpose of the Awards, businesses with annual standalone turnover between Rs. 250 crore – 1,000 crore in FY19 will be considered as Mid-Corporates

Theme-based (Special) Awards

Businesses with annual standalone turnover of less than Rs 1,000 crore in FY19 are eligible for the Theme-Based (Special) awards.

Awards Categories

Manufacturing Sector (SME & Mid-Corporate)

  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Engineering & Machinery
  • Auto Components
  • Electrical & Electronic Goods
  • Textiles & Garments
  • Food Processing & Agro Products
  • Plastic & Plastic Products

Theme-Based (Special) Awards

  • Most Innovative Company (?)
  • Best Global Business (?)
  • Best Woman Entrepreneur (?)
  • Most Socially Responsible Company (?)
  • Best Employment Initiatives (?)
  • Tech-SME of the year (?)
  • Best Green Initiatives (?)
  • Best Start-Up Initiative (?)
  • Swachh Bharat Initiative (?)
  • Make in India Emerging Company (?)

Service Sector (SME & Mid-Corporate)

  • IT & IT-enabled Services
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Digital & Fintech Solutions
  • Renewable Energy Services
  • Education & Health Services
  • Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

Jury Members


Shri Ashishkumar Chauhan

Managing Director and CEO

BSE Limited


Shri V.G. Kannan

Chief Executive

Indian Banks’ Association


Shri Uma Shankar Paliwal

Former Executive Director

Reserve Bank of India


Shri Sanjay Agarwal

Chief Financial Officer

Jyothy Laboratories Limited

Awards Process

Key Instructions

Completed Nomination form along with all documents (mandatory and additional) should be submitted to SME Business Excellence Awards Nomination Center (details given at the end of the form) before the last date of receiving nomination forms.

The Mandatory Declaration at the end of the nomination form needs to be signed and stamped before sending the nomination form

Annual Reports/Financial statements of FY19, FY18, FY17 are mandatory to be sent along with the nomination form

There is NO participation fee for the awards

Best Practices for Filing Nomination Forms

Submission of all mandatory documents:

Completed nomination form duly signed and stamped

Annual reports / financial statements / audited financial results for FY19, FY18 and FY17 on standalone basis

Banker's confidentiality report

Providing additional information and documents: Companies are also encouraged to share additional information such as company presentations, client testimonials, quality certifications, credit rating report etc. that would lend more credibility to their nomination

Be as descriptive as possible: Please be as descriptive as possible by attaching additional documents including documents such as international certifications or patents

Provide specific information or documents relevant for nominated categories: For example, if the company has applied for Most Innovative Company, then applicants need to provide corporate presentation(s) or additional materials explaining details of Innovation activities related to product /process

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Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leading provider of business information, knowledge and insights is pleased to announce the release of the 10th edition of its premier publication, ‘Leading SMEs of India 2019’. The publication, which captures the pulse of the Indian SME sector, and features the award winners of SME Business Excellence Awards 2019 and other top-performing SMEs and Mid-Corporates will be circulated among the SME community, BFSI fraternity (including banks and FIs) and government ministries, among others. It will be also made available online.

Download 2018

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