Chad Business Awards: celebrating the best in business

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The hunt is on to find the very best among the area’s commerce and industry sectors, as we launch this year’s Chad Business Awards.

The awards recognise the innovation and dedication which local companies and entrepreneurs demonstrate day in day out.

This year, the awards evening will be held once again at the John Fretwell Centre, where the 2014 winners will be revealed.

It’s easy to enter, just go to awards and complete the on-line entry form.

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Chad editor Phil Bramley said: “Business is the lifeblood of our communities, providing us with the jobs we need and the goods and services we want.

“There are some brilliant businessmen and women in our area, running some fantastic companies.

“We want to celebrate YOUR achievements and honour the great work firms are doing day in, day out and I’d encourage every local business to get involved and enter.”

Business Idea of the Year – sponsored by Hewitt Card

This award will go to the company/person whose original idea has led to increased productivity within their business, led to a reduction in costs, or a development of their brands. We will be looking for evidence of how this idea reaped rewards for your business and how it has been implemented into your company.

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Mansfield Manor

This award will go to the outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional vision and leadership in the establishment and development of an owner-led business. The judges will look for clear identification of a market opportunity, innovation, growth and evidence of strong financial performance in terms of sales and profit growth.

Young Business Person of the Year – Sponsored byVision West Notts college

This category encourages nominations from any business, team or organisation who feel they have a young person aged between 16 - 30 years, who has excelled in their field during 2012- 2014.

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Bilton Hammond

This category is open to businesses that have been established within the last 18-months and operate from a supportive environment, including managed work space, incubation or innovation centre within the Chad area. The award will be made to the business that demonstrates through its financial performance a thorough understanding of its ‘unique selling point’ and how this has been maximised within its markets. The winner will also be able to demonstrate the positive impact of the business support received by the organisation.

Business Personality of the Year

This category is for those at a managerial or executive level who have impressed a sense of their own unique personality on the business, bringing their own style to bear alongside a sense of leadership and commitment to the business which has made a quantifiable difference to the firm.

Apprentice of the Year

This category seeks to recognise the hard work and dedication put in by those starting out in their careers. Open to any individuals taking part in an apprenticeship scheme, judges will be looking for candidates who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and effort to make their apprenticeship succeed.

Retailer of the Year

This award focuses on companies in the retails business and highlights the relationship with the general public on a day to day basis. Entrants should show high levels of customer service as well as an innovative approach in building the strength of the business, outlining their approach to branding and presentation within the store plus details of how the company has grown over recent years as well as any plans or ideas that are in place to help grow the business over the next few years.

Excellence In Professional Services Award

This award focuses on companies in the professional services sector. Entrants will need to be able to demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance. You should outline how you have shown excellence in your specific sector and how your business has planned for future growth. Your entry should include turnover figures for the last 3 years and statistic’s to support any claims you make, testimonials (up to 3 short testimonials in addition to your word allowance), detail of any new and or innovative services introduced in the last 12 months.

Creative Innovation Award – Sponsored by Specsavers

This award will go to the creative business that has shown the highest level of innovation in developing their business. This will include innovation in areas such as researching and developing new products and services, using new technology to improve business practices and communicate with their customers. The winning business will have a proven track record of innovation and will be able to demonstrate how it has transformed their business.

Small Business Of The Year sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce

Open to organisations with 15 or less staff, this Award will go to the company that best demonstrates significant growth and innovation in its market sector, under-pinned by strong financial performance.

Lifetime Achievement - Sponsored by the Mint restaurant

This category is open to an individual or team of people who can demonstrate that they have had a major impact on their business and Chesterfield as a town over a number of years, enhancing the community through their work and having a long-term business success.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated consistently high and key achievements within industry over a number of years. Their belief in the community will have seen them give their time and expertise to help create an environment of growth and prosperity and to create a better quality of life for all. They will also have demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in a changing business world.

Community Contribution of the Year sponsored by Brunts Academy

Through their commitment to the local area entrants for this award should show that they have actively supported the local community, schools or colleges. Entrants for Community Involvement will be measured on their specific participation and not purely upon financial support.

The Environment Award – Sponsored by Westville

Entrants to this category must show examples of what innovative action the company have taken towards a low carbon economy. Along with example you will need to show how you plan to maintain this action going forward.

Customer Service Award - Sponsored by Mark Leeson

This Award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate that it has the customer at the heart of its business. It will need to show how it deploys and manages its resources to most effectively meet the needs of its customer base.

Employer Of The Year Award – Sponsored by Plastek

Presented to the company that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to morale and wellbeing through engaging with its workforce, keeping them abreast of what is happening within the business, training them so that they can contribute to the company’s success and ensuring their general health and wellbeing.

Consideration may be given to the proportion of turnover invested in training, involvement and wellbeing programs, innovative strategies leading to improvements in company performance and step change improvements in overall morale.

Disability Inclusion Award

This award seeks to give recognition to businesses that promote equality and opportunity for disabled people by going above and beyond the legal requirements of the 2010 Equality Act.

We are looking for evidence of how the business has adapted or supported process, mechanisms and work place adaptations for disabled employees internal or external to their own organisation

Team of the Year

The team of the year award is open to outstanding management teams. Judges are looking forteams athat are truly go-ahead. The award will go to a team that has created or helped create a highly successful businesss, or a teram that has led a highly successful ptoject venture or deal.

2014 Business of the Year

This award is the ultimate accolade for all our entrants and the winner will be chosen from each of the category winners. The judges will be looking for the company/person who has shown the most enterprise, passion and drive in taking their business forward. Dedication and innovation will be key to the winner of this most prestigious award.

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