SME Compliance Team of the Year

How to apply

  1. Register an account.
  2. Start your entry (save it in-progress).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running.

Best of luck!

For any questions, please contact Berenice Lamblin

2025 Awards

This award recognises a compliance team providing the full scope of compliance support for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)*, often working with limited resources and a more generalist skillset vs larger multinational businesses. This will be a team that can demonstrate how, through agile working, they have maintained full compliance with all relevant national and international laws and regulations over the last 12-18 months, whilst proactively supporting their business to enable growth.

Judges will be looking for how the team has strengthened compliance within their organisation – whilst scaling compliance efforts in proportion to expanding business operations. This will be a collaborative, adaptable and innovative team who can demonstrate how through cost-effective and efficient working practices, they deliver impact and outcomes that support wider business goals.


  • This award is open to all internal teams within a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)*
  • Entries must demonstrate evidence from the last 12-18 months, up to the awards entry deadline.
  • We welcome entries from teams operating within Europe.

*SME: We follow the UK government definition of SMEs which encompasses micro (less than 10 employees and an annual turnover under €2 million), small (less than 50 employees and an annual turnover under €10 million) and medium-sized (less than 250 employees and an annual turnover under €50 million) businesses.


  • Please describe the team, its size and scope of responsibilities.
  • Please provide a brief overview of the structure and complexities (size, sectors, multiple firms, appointed representatives…) within the business the team operates within.
  • What has been the business and regulatory context within which the team has been operating?
  • Please describe the ambition and goal for the team over the last year.
  • What were the drivers for improvement, restructure or change (as applicable)?
  • Please share any other contextual information that will help judges understand the challenges the team has had to respond in the last 12-18 months.


Please provide relevant detail to support your entry including:

  • How did the compliance team support the business needs over the last year, how has it had to flex, adapt and innovate to deliver excellence?
  • How has the team had to innovate to optimise the scope of compliance support?
  • How has the team collaborated with the business and other stakeholders?
  • What was the approach to recruitment, people development and retention over the past 12-18 months and how did this contribute to the team’s success?
  • In what ways has this team been committed to creating a culture of compliance in the business?
  • How has technology been utilised to help the team achieve its goals over the past 12-18 months?
  • How did the team surpass expectations?


  • What were the results for the team over the last year?
  • Please share any qualitative and quantitative metrics to validate your credentials as Team of the Year.
  • How did the team change / deliver against its ambition and goals?
  • How have the compliance team strengthened good outcomes and/or improved experience for customers?
  • How has the team delivered impact within resource constraints and delivered value for the business?


  • Judges will be interested to read up to three testimonials in support of your submission, from wider business partners and other stakeholders who can verify the success of the team in the last 12-18 months. Please keep each testimonial to a max of 100 words.
  • Or, if the changes implemented by this team have led to wider adoption of best practice or frameworks across the business, or industry please share relevant details.

SME Compliance Team of the Year

2025 Awards