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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.

Judges will be looking for entrants over the age of 30 who have set and achieved objectives which demonstrate commercial success, ambition, energy, skill and vision. A person who has led the development and implementation of practices to strengthen the organisation whilst providing exceptional and inspirational leadership that creates a sense of direction and momentum for development within the business.

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This will be awarded to a profitable, growing business, with 51 or more employees, which has a positive impact on the region’s economy.

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.

Accounts will be required but all information supplied will be treated in absolute confidence.

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This will be awarded to a profitable, growing business, of up to 50 employees, which has had a positive impact on the region's economy.

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.

Accounts will be required but all information supplied will be treated in absolute confidence.

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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.

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.

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The Customer Focus Award aims to honour firms which give great service and are truly dedicated to their users.

Judges will be looking at how their customer service strategy has increased growth or market share and improved financial performance. A business that has embedded ethical or sustainable practice, enhanced customer delivery and engagement and shown effective leadership and management skills to engage and motivate staff.

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This award recognises organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce that excels in their commitment to equality and inclusion across all strands of diversity. The category will cover excellence in all areas of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.

The judges will be looking for a vanguard in business that can demonstrate an effective inclusion and diversity strategy that goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee wellbeing and engagement.

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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. A business that is taking active green steps towards more environmentally-conscious operations and ethics.

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.

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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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

  • Has been established within the past two years (January 2020).
  • 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.

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

Accounts will be required but all information supplied will be treated in absolute confidence.

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For business people aged 30 or under (on 31st December 2021). This category is looking to recognise business leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future.

Judges will be looking for a successful entrepreneur or to a senior manager who has made a significant impact on their business, who has set and achieved objectives within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success. Please state your date of birth on your entry form.

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