Agricultural, Food & Farming Champion
This award reflects the local strength of the rural economy and will go to an organisation that has made a significant contribution to farming and agricultural services or the food production section within the region. Entrants might be involved in traditional agriculture, manufacturing such as machinery or seeds, food processing, research and development, or food services such as catering including farmers' markets and other retailing.
Judges will be looking for evidence of:
Apprentice Employer Award
The judges are looking for a business that can demonstrate a commitment to apprenticeships, either as a fresh initiative or as part of a longstanding strategy, involving either one or two individuals or a larger number.
The company will need to demonstrate:
This award is open to organisations of all sizes.
Best Place to Work
Have you created an environment in which employees thrive and are committed to the company's aims and ambitions because it is a great place to work? Does this mindset translate into positive benefits and achievements for the business?
Business of the Year
Open to all business sectors, the judges will be looking for that special something that sets them apart from the rest. The blue riband award will go to the company that displays outstanding performance throughout their business and sets the standard within their industry – the very best in the region.
Organisations entering this category need to illustrate both their commitment to and achievement of outstanding customer service at all levels.
We are looking for evidence in the following areas:
Micro Business of the Year
This category is open to businesses employing between 1 and 10 people. A minimum of 18 months trading is required for any new business to consider this category.
Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
If your business employs between 11 and 200 people and is outstanding in a number of ways, this could be the category for you. The ultimate winner is likely to be an innovative company that is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Young Business of the Year
The judges are looking for a young business, five years or less at January 1, 2017 that is likely to be a strong all-rounder, already a leader in its own area of expertise.
They must be able to demonstrate: