Guide to Entering

What are the panel looking for?

To enable entrants an opportunity to improve their chances of being short-listed we have provided this short bullet point list on what will make your entry stand out, and how to avoid the most common problems.

Business of the Year (3 Awards)

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  • Information on how you are overachieving against your competitors
  • Growth in jobs, revenue or profit
  • Launch of new products/ service
  • Innovation or excellence in your industry
  • Training and Development of your teams
  • A fantastic business strategy

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  • Just provide details of your company.
  • Use of buzz words without detail
  • Copy and paste from your company website

 

Customer Service Excellence Award (3 Awards)

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  • Detail what your organisation has done to create great customer service
  • Give examples of where you have achieved fantastic customer service
  • Give references of customers who would advocate your application
  • How is your company over achieving expectations from clients?

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  • Give examples of good/ acceptable customer service
  • Provide statements without background content

 

Business Person of the Year / Young Business Person of the Year

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  • Detail the success you / your nominee have had and what you did to make it happen
  • What did you do to support your organisation/ team
  • Opportunities to mentor other members of your organisation
  • What you have that you believe is innovative/ fresh

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  • Focus on the company and not the individual

 

Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award

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  • Explain how your activities have benefited the community
  • Show genuine sustainability models
  • Activities and campaigns that have led to differences in the community
  • Provide more than one example of CSR activity
  • Provide references of Charities or Third Sector organisations who would act as a reference
  • What difficulties have you faced and how were these overcome

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  • Just provide details of your company.
  • Submit only one area of CSR that was low impact/ nominal

 

Employer of the Year

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  • A focus on your core business of the Health and Wellbeing of your team
  • Examples of training and development above the normal opportunities
  • Education Programmes which create personal development
  • Quotes/ Examples of Staff who advocate your company

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  • Information which doesn’t not focus on your Employees or Team members
  • Copy and Paste from your website
  • Focus on profits of your organisation

Start-up Business of the Year Award

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  • Your Business must be under 2 years old at the time of entry
  • Show examples of exceptional growth within that two years
  • Growth in jobs/ revenue/ profits
  • A business strategy and where you see your organisation in 2-3 years time

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  • Copy and paste information from your website

Entrepreneur of the Year

What is an Entrepreneur? Can you clearly demonstrate the values below:

Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced.

An entrepreneur supplies risk capital as a risk taker, and monitors and controls the business activities. The entrepreneur is usually a sole proprietor, a partner, or the one who owns the majority of shares in an incorporated venture.

According to economist Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950), entrepreneurs are not necessarily motivated by profit but regard it as a standard for measuring achievement or success.

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