Award Categories

Start Up Business of the Year

The winner of this award will have shown determination, drive and passion to start and grow a successful business during tough financial times. The winner will have also demonstrated their vision to succeed and overcome many obstacles along the way. Those trading for more than two years cannot enter this category.

Small Business (up to 10 employees)

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This award is open to all businesses with 10 or less employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership.

Medium Business (11-49 employees)

We are looking for smaller businesses which compete with theĀ 'bigĀ boys' in every way - except size. The winner will need to demonstrate a good team spirit among the employees and a strong customer service ethos.

Large Business (50+ employees)

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The winner will have a well-deserved excellent reputation in the community, a record of innovative measures to enhance employee relations and demonstrate a commitment to never fail to deliver on its promises and to meet - and exceed - customer expectations.

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year

An award to a locally-based business that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of tourism, leisure or hospitality activities.

Innovation of the Year

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The winner - either a company or an individual - will demonstrate an exceptional ability to think outside the box, whether it is discovering better ways to work, discovering a ground-breaking product, or showing outstanding marketing abilities.

Environmental Project/Business of the Year

An award for a business or organisation, irrespective of its size or sector, who can demonstrate environmental awareness and responsibility in all aspects of its work and output.

Employer of the Year

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An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention, with excellent training and who cares for their employees. The best company to work for!

Employee/Team of the Year

An award for an exceptional individual/team whose efforts and determination has made an exceptional contribution to a business resulting in a positive gain for the organisation.

Community Engagement Award

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Businesses play a significant role in the community, and many firms consider it important to contribute to their local supporters through charity work, and helping schools, colleges and community groups. This award aims to recognise local businesses who have taken the time to give something back.

Lifetime Achievement

This is an award to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an unrivalled record of achievement in the area for many years, showing outstanding performance within their industry, a commitment towards their staff and who demands - and delivers - exceptional customer service.

Overall Business of the Year

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This prestigious award will be given by the judges to one of the winners from the previous business categories above. The company that carries off this award will be chosen on the basis of being the best business that has most impressed the judges, that do the best for their clients, staff and the community. This category is chosen by the judges as an overall award and cannot be entered.