Shropshire Star Business Awards 2017



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:

  • Excellence and innovation throughout the organisation
  • Creative thinking in business applications
  • A firm belief in change for the better
  • A commitment to developing skills relevant to the needs of the wider economy
  • A positive impact on the local community and wider environment

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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:

  • An effective recruitment policy and if this is targeted in a specific way
  • The impact on the local community
  • Clear evidence of how the candidate(s) have added value to the business
  • The new skills/outcomes that the apprentice(s) have obtained
  • Planned investment in developing skills across the whole workforce
  • Examples of an effective mentoring process and mutual benefits
  • Plans for future development of the apprenticeship programme

This award is open to organisations of all sizes.

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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?

We need you to show evidence of the following:

  • Staff retention
  • Commitment to professional and personal development
  • Communication at all levels
  • Commitment to the local community
  • Impact on company performance
  • Staff motivation
  • Return on company ethos for a better performance
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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.

Entrants will need to show strength in the following areas:

  • Commercial performance
  • Leadership and management
  • Outstanding commitment to customers
  • Innovation
  • Investment in staff 
  • Commitment to the local community
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Customer Champion

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:

  • Clear customer service policy
  • Staff training and ongoing development plan
  • Strategy adopted to retain existing and gain of new customers
  • How customer satisfaction is measured
  • The contribution to growth from this investment
  • Achievement of national accreditations

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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.

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Dynamic leadership
  • Tangible level of success
  • Robust business plan
  • Flexibility to adapt to market changes 
  • Marketing plans to maximise future growth
  • Smart working practices
  • Top level customer service

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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.

The strengths being sought are:

  • Innovation in products/services
  • First class customer service
  • Outstanding leadership and management
  • A committed workforce
  • Investment in professional development
  • Coherent business plan
  • Sustainable strategy for future expansion
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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:

  • Effective leadership and management
  • Innovation in products, services or processes
  • A robust marketing strategy
  • Investment in staff development
  • A tangible level of success
  • Significant growth or expansion and the potential to sustain this

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