Businessperson of the Year
The winner will be an individual who stands out from the crowd, has an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them. The winner of this award will have been key to the success of their enterprise, as well as encouraging and contributing to the overall business success of the region.
Best Social Enterprise
This category is open to charities and social enterprises which can demonstrate significant commercial and social impact of their activities. Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organisation.
Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all your expectations or is it exactly on the right track, looking strong and with excellent prospects for the future? You may be a one-man band looking to expand, or you may have started at a larger scale and already proved your ideas work. This award is open to companies in business for up to three years from the date of the launch of these awards.
Large Business of the Year
This award is open to any business trading for more than three years with more than 10 employees. It must demonstrate business excellence, a commitment to the local community, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement, leadership with the ability to drive the business forward and a commitment to its staff.
Small Business of the Year
This award is open to a business trading for more than three years with up to 10 employees and which is able to demonstrate success, excellence and innovation in its field, leadership with the ability to drive the business forward and funding arrangements and investment plans for the future of the business. It must show it understands its market and is capable of responding to change.
This award will recognise the firm, irrespective of size or sector, that can prove it really does put the customer first. Has your business excelled to help one customer in particular or perhaps you have introduced new ways of working to help every customer? The organisation must have objectives for high quality customer service and clear methods of monitoring and evaluating standards.
Employer of the Year
We are looking for employers who can best demonstrate how their leadership and human resource policies support staff development, engagement and satisfaction, creating a positive and supportive workplace with a well-motivated and well-trained team. The winner of this award will be more than just a good company to work for; its culture will deliver commercial results and they will be an inspiration to employees and other businesses.
Employee / Team of the Year
This award celebrates dedication and commitment to the business. The title will go to the employee or team who always goes the extra mile and exceeds expectations within their company. From aspiring apprentices to experienced veterans, the judges will be looking for an employee or team who can demonstrate how their attitude, commitment and dedication to their job has delivered significant benefits to the company they work for.