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Start Up Business of the Year
To recognise those businesses which have gone from 0 to 100mph in two years. Criteria: The successes should speak for themselves and the judges will be looking for evidence of rapid expansion, niche-filling, excellent turnover or job creation – or all of the above. Those trading for more than two years can not enter this category.
The successes should speak for themselves and the judges will be looking for evidence of rapid expansion, niche-filling, excellent turnover or job creation – or all of the above. Those trading for more than two years can not enter this category.
Small Business of the Year (under 10)
This award is open to all businesses with less than 10 employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership.
For this category, the judges will be looking for a business that are capable of producing a quality product/service whilst remaining committed to great client/customer service, as well as demonstrating innovation and marketing acumen.
Medium Business of the Year (11-49)
To recognise outstanding performance by a company having a workforce of 49 or fewer. A clear vision and plans for the future, consideration of international markets, innovation and creativity and overcoming challenges. Criteria: Winning characteristics could be: a successful turn-around of a struggling or slow-moving company; successful exploitation of innovation; excellence in setting up a major new operation and bringing it into production at a high level of efficiency; pioneering new markets; remarkable growth in size or profits. In a sentence, the judges are looking for something special for all to admire and from which all can learn.
Winning characteristics could be: a successful turn-around of a struggling or slow-moving company; successful exploitation of innovation; excellence in setting up a major new operation and bringing it into production at a high level of efficiency; pioneering new markets; remarkable growth in size or profits. In a sentence, the judges are looking for something special for all to admire and from which all can learn.
Large Business of the Year 50+
Large Business (50+ employees) The winner will have a well-deserved excellent reputation in the community, a record of innovative measures to enhance employee relations and demonstrate a commitment to never fail to deliver on its promises and to meet – and exceed – customer expectations.
The judges will require proof of financial performance, innovativeness and the firm’s recent past to determine the quality of the entrants
Hospitality, Tourism & leisure business of the Year
An award to a locally-based business that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of tourism, leisure or hospitality activities.
The judges will be looking for evidence of a business’s contribution in attracting new visitors to the area or its excellence within the hospitality and leisure industries.
Retailer of the Year
To recognise any retailer, large or small, which is making big noises in the retail world.
The judges will be looking for evidence of what sets a retailer apart from its competition, either in terms of its achievements, its best practice, or its success.
The Innovation Award
An ability to navigate market conditions is crucial for a business to survive today’s difficult economic conditions. How has your business adapted to change, or utilised an innovative idea in order to be a successful business?
Either a company or an individual who will demonstrate an exceptional ability to think outside the box, whether it is discovering better ways to work, discovering a ground-breaking product, or showing outstanding marketing abilities.
Environmental project / Business of the Year
An award for a business or organisation, irrespective of its size or sector, who can demonstrate environmental awareness and responsibility in all aspects of its work and output.
Judges will be looking for a company that embraces sustainability and green principles throughout the business. The use of suppliers who have the same principles. Proof and evidence will need to be provided to demonstrate the advantages and gains while adopting green policies. This category is not open to businesses or organisations who undertake green activities as a core business.
Employer of the Year
This award recognises organisations that have created a stimulating & supportive work environment and a real commitment to its's welfare of it's employees, resulting in high staff satisfaction levels & a well motivated, ambitious & integrated workforce.
Employee / Team of the year
An award for an exceptional individual/team whose efforts and determination has made an exceptional contribution to a business resulting in a positive gain for the organisation.
The judges will be looking for evidence and/or testimonials that confirm the entrants’ ability to work individually or cohesively as a team, sharing a common understanding that leads to attainment of defined goals that make a real difference to the business
Apprentice / Trainee of the Year
To recognise any apprentice / trainee who has gone that extra mile and exceeded the expectations of their trainer or mentor.
The judges will be looking for inspirational stories of young learners, exceptional achievement and, in particular, they will be looking for entrants to demonstrate commitment to their personal development and progression through learning, ability to overcome obstacles and barriers in learning or at work, inspirational qualities and attainment of high standards.
Training & development Award
Training and employee development are the keys to business success. The winner of this category will have demonstrated real commitment to developing and motivating their workforce. This category is open to businesses which have an exemplary training programme for their employees, or training providers – whichever you are, the judges will be looking for evidence that your training programmes work!
Community Engagement Award
Businesses play a significant role in the community, and many firms consider it important to contribute to their local supporters through charity work, and helping schools, colleges and community groups. This award aims to recognise local businesses who have taken the time to give something back.
Entrants will be able to show a clear mission - either in a one-off venture or in an ongoing commitment - to helping and/or improving their local community or the environment. The initiative can be anything that would help improve people’s lives and enhance the relationship between the company and the community in which it is based. The contribution might be monetary, or involve the provision of resources and expertise.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This is an award to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an unrivalled record of achievement in the area for many years, showing outstanding performance within their industry, a commitment towards their staff and who demands – and delivers – exceptional customer service.
Overall Business of the year
The toughest award of all. For the business who has impressed the judges the most. This ultimate award will be presented to the business considered to be the most outstanding of the year. This category is chosen by the judges as an overall award and cannot be entered.