BEST OVERALL LOCAL BUSINESS
Awarded to the overall Best Business, the winners from each category will compete against each other for this ultimate award. The judges will decide which business is deemed the most successful, the most enterprising and the most innovative.
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
You are a business with focus on community issues. This award recognises companies that are investing in the community in which they operate and those in greatest need, achieving sustainable impact on key social issues in these areas.
BEST NEW BUSINESS
Best business that has been trading for less than one year and demonstates potential for future significent growth. We are looking for innovative business ideas. Did you identify a gap in the market for something new or perhaps you are offering an established product service with a special twist? The judges will be more focused on future potential rather than an entrant's ability to show turnover and profit growth at this early stage.
BEST BUSINESS FOR FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
This award is open to the following businesses; cafes, pubs, restaurants, hotels. As a business you must demonstrate a clear focus on customer service, value for money and an overall positive experience. For businesses that serve food, demonstrate how you create that special dining experience, good quality of food, changing menus.
BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR
Someone who is under 30 years old and shows real initiative and and has made a dramatic impact on their business or in the community. We are looking for businesses to nominate that special employee, who has made a significant contribution during the year to your business. This award recognises the input an individual makes to their company’s success.
BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER
Any small or independent business which has a turnover of less than £2 million and has shown exceptional performance across every aspect of its business from financial return, strong growth, innovative strategies and good customer service.
BEST WEBSITE / USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
The company that can demonstrate great use of social media to promote or build it's business or the use of a creative website to showcase its business.
BEST BUSINESS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
How do you WOW your customers? Do you go that extra mile to attract and keep them? Tell us what great customer service should look like and how it has benefited your business.
BEST SMALL MEDIUM BUSINESS
Any SME Business with a turnover greater the £2m that has shown exceptional performance across every aspect of its business. This award will go to the SME that demonstrates exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovative strategies, and market leadership in its sector.
Commitment to the Environment
Best business that has shown commitment to sustainability and developed new strategies e.g. changed travel plans etc and made an impact on your company and local environment.