2016 Review

The winners of the Football Business Awards were announced at the black tie ceremony at the Emirates on November 3rd.

Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton were both double winners and there were wins too for Arsenal, Man City and Cardiff City.

Click here to see the winner’s interviews | Click here to see the 2016 Gallery


2016 Winners & Finalists

Best Business Serving Football – up to £2m turnover


Winner: Goodform

  • ATB Games Ltd
  • CharityStars
  • FootballCV Academy
  • Oaks Consultancy Ltd
  • Seven League

Best Business Serving Football – over £2m turnover


Winner: StreamAMG

  • adi.tv
  • Rippleffect
  • UCFB

Best Club Marketing Initiative – Premier League


Winner: Everton FC

Mark of Excellence: Tottenham Hotspur FC

  • Leicester City FC
  • Liverpool FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Stoke City FC

Best Club Marketing Initiative – non Premier League


Winner: Brighton & Hove Albion – FC

Mark of Excellence: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

  • Birmingham City FC
  • Brentford FC
  • Derby County FC
  • Kew Park Rangers FC

Best Football Club Hospitality


Winner: Manchester City FC

  • Arsenal FC
  • Liverpool FC
  • St Johnstone FC

Best / Most Innovative use of Technology (non club specific)


Winner: Kick It Out

  • Brandtix
  • SAP
  • SoccerTutor.com Ltd.
  • STATSports Ltd
  • Verteda Limited

Best / Most Innovative use of Technology by a Club


Winner: Middlesbrough FC – adi.tv & Eleven Sports Media

  • Cardiff City FC – Tripleplay platform
  • Chelsea FC – interactive 3D stadium seating planner
  • Manchester United FC – Envoy Digital
  • West Ham United FC – Ricoh 360⁰ degree video
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC – Chameleon Web Services

Best Football Community Scheme – Premier League


Winner: Arsenal FC / The Arsenal Foundation

  • Everton in the Community
  • Manchester City FC / City in the Community Foundation
  • Newcastle United Foundation
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC

Best Football Community Scheme – non Premier League


Winner: Albion in the Community (Brighton & Hove Albion)

  • Charlton Athletic Community Trust
  • Fulham FC Foundation & London United
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • Kew Park Rangers FC

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme


Winner: Sunderland AFC

  • Everton in the Community
  • Liverpool FC with Standard Chartered
  • Manchester City – City Football Group

Best Match Day Experience


Winner: Cardiff City FC

  • Everton FC
  • Fulham FC
  • Leicester City FC

Best Non-match Day use of Venue


Winner: The SPFL Trust – Various across the UK

Mark of Excellence: Arsenal FC – Emirates Stadium

  • Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge
  • Everton FC – Goodison Park
  • Leicester City FC – King Power Stadium
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC – Molineux Stadium

Best Professional Service Business Serving Football


Winner: KSS

  • Airton Risk Management
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Coutts, UK Private Banking
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Smith & Williamson
  • SRi

Agency of the Year


Winner: Seven League

  • Mailman
  • Mischief
  • Rippleffect
  • SportQuake
  • The Integrity Club

Best Fan Engagement by Club


Winner: Everton FC

Mark of Excellence: Chelsea FC

  • Brighton & Hove Albion FC
  • Fulham FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Queens Park Rangers FC

Sponsorship Deal / Partnership of the Year


Winner: Prostate Cancer UK / League Managers Association

Mark of Excellence: NIVEA MEN / Liverpool FC

  • Eleven Sports Media / Middlesbrough FC
  • Barclays / HSE Cake
  • Acacia Mining / Sunderland FC
  • Vitality / Liverpool FC

Best Brand Activation Involving Football


Winner: BT Sport / UEFA Champions League

  • Marathonbet / Non-League Challenge (NLC)
  • MBNA / LFC
  • Virgin Media / Squawka
  • Vauxhall / LFC


FC Business Football CEO of the Year


Winner: Mark Catlin, Portsmouth FC

Global Football Ambassador

Photo Neil Cross Jimmy Armfield being presented with his business in football achievement award

Winner: Jimmy Armfield CBE