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This award will recognise the business who has demonstrated responsible business practices across the four areas of local community, environment, their people and supply chain.

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Judges will look for evidence of a contribution to the overall well-being of the community, its environment and general quality of life. Applicants must demonstrate a working partnership using positive influences to support suppliers and other partners to adopt best environmental, workplace and community practice.

This award celebrates new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have had an impact on an organisation's success over the past 12 months.

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Applications will be measured against:

  • Originality of the innovation, its impact, practicality of its application and the measurable benefits to the business.
  • All aspects of an innovative new product/service launch, including research and development, launch activity and the actual or likely commercial success of the product/service.
  • Key success factors will include; degree of innovation, time taken to market, design process/best practice, market edge, USP, potential for growth/competition and profitability.
  • Other factors might include job creation/safeguarding, environmental sustainability, use of teamwork, project management capability, customer delight/novelty factor and use of market research. Development to prototype stage only is expressly excluded from this award.

This award will go to the company that believes their environment is the best place to work, whether this is through their workplace set up or through a home working system.

Following the challenges and achievements of a national lockdown with many businesses having to move to a home working model, we will also consider entries that can demonstrate how they successfully handled the lockdown and the move to working remotely, how they kept in contact with their teams and any new initiatives put in place to help keep their teams engaged and taking pride in their work.The award is also open to those businesses who already used flexible working practices prior to lockdown and how this helped their approach.

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The judges will be interested in how the company establishes credibility in terms of vision, communication and co-ordinating activities, how employees are treated with respect and equality, how a company encourages employees to take pride in their work, how the atmosphere created is conducive to a successful team environment and employees wellbeing and safety.

The Business Person of the Year will be an exceptional individual, either a successful entrepreneur or senior manager who has made a significant impact on their business and can demonstrate outstanding achievement whilst inspiring others around them.

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Judges will be looking for entrants who have:

  • Set and achieve objectives which demonstrate commercial success, ambition, energy, skill and vision.
  • Led the development and implementation of practices to strengthen the organisation.
  • Provided exceptional and inspirational leadership that creates a sense of directions and momentum for development within the business.
  • Worked proactively to exceed the expectations of customers and raised the profile of the organisation.

This will be awarded to a profitable, growing business, with 150 or more employees, which has a positive impact on the region’s economy.

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The judges will be looking at all aspects of the company's performance, paying particular attention to:

  • Managerial and financial performance.
  • Evidence of success against targets set.
  • Potential for growth.
  • Long-term plans and company strategy.
  • Product and service development.

The Tourism & Hospitality Resilience Award will recognise businesses within the tourism and hospitality industry that have demonstrated resilience and innovation and adapted over the last few years.

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Judges will be looking for businesses who have overcome adversity whether that us through offering a take out option to survive, creating outdoor seating or switching their entire business model. We also want to hear about how these businesses may have supported their local community and their plans for the future.

The Start-Up Business of The Year award will go to an organisation that:

  • Has been established within the past two and a half years (Since January 2019).
  • Demonstrates evidence of entrepreneurship and/or innovation.
  • Has defied challenging economic conditions to succeed, grow and thrive.
  • Can evidence solid business plans, future growth potential and a determination to succeed.

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The judges will take into consideration managerial performance, sales growth, profit achievement, number of people employed and evidence of a satisfied customer base.

This award was open to an apprentice who has shown outstanding progress and commitment to their own personal development. The apprentice is defined as a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period. The nominee must have been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 12 months before the closing date. This award acknowledges and celebrates an apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace. The successful entrant was measured against the following criteria: Passion: shows a true passion for their chosen apprenticeship. Commitment: demonstrates commitment to your personal development and progression Contribution: shows outstanding contribution to their workplace - in particular, areas or projects where they have exceeded expectations Success: demonstrates inspirational levels of achievement and attainment.

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This category recognises outstanding performance in environmental responsiveness and sustainable activity.

  • The winner of this award will be a company that:
  • Is working towards sustainable development goals and can demonstrate the impact.
  • Taking active green steps towards more environmentally-conscious operations and ethics.
  • Made improvements in energy-efficiency, carbon reduction or sustainable working.
  • You may have introduced environmental policies across your business, are using green communications or endorsing carbon footprint reduction, your strategy, policies and foresight will reflect a well-considered green approach – rather than fractional, ad-hoc actions.
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Our judges want to feel inspired by your powerful story and are looking to see where you’ve come from, the obstacles you’ve faced, what motivates you to keep going and what your biggest achievements are.

This will be awarded to a profitable, growing business, of up to 150 employees, which has had a positive impact on the region's economy.

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The judges will be looking at all aspects of a company's performance, paying particular attention to:

  • Managerial and financial performance.
  • Evidence of success against targets set.
  • Potential for growth.
  • Long-term plans and company strategy.
  • Product and service development.
  • Staff training and development.

This award will go to the business person who has made a positive and lasting contribution to their business, the local economy and community – over a number of years.

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Our judges want to hear about individuals who have made a lasting contribution to and made a significant impact to the region’s business community.

The Business of the Year category is not open for nominations and the winner is picked from the winners of the previous categories.

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