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2020 Award Categories - Nominations Now Open!

We are taking nominations from across the South West Region. To nominate to click on the below category. Any business or individual based within the South West can either nominate or be nominated. The Awards ceremony this year is going to held in Swindon as this is where we run one of our annual regional expo’s.

The award nominations will close on the 11th December 2020 and the shortlisted nominees will be announced on 16th December 2020.   

Please be advised that when nominating we do require as much detail as possible as the information initially submitted on the nomination will be used by the judges to Short-list the nominees. It is not crucial for you to know all of the information required. If you are nominating and don’t have the relevant information we will contact the nominee and ask them to supply the additional details.

Awards Categories

Business of the Year

This award is open to any business within the South West. Whatever your sector, if you have a great business, tell us about it. This award is for businesses established for more than two years and will recognise an organisation with an annual turnover of up to £100 million that is demonstrating its ability to grow or a strong potential to do so. The company must have a clear understanding of the market in which it operates and its future development within that marketplace, together with sound and measurable business practices.

We are also looking to understand how your business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. Please tell us how your business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
2.Financial performance - please indicate annual turnover and profitability of the business.
3. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
4. The Business history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the business has developed and progressed.
5. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
6. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
7. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
8. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.

Male Entrepreneur of The Year

This award is open to any male within the South West. The nominee may have either started their own business, played a significant role within an organisation within the region or had/have either a business directorship or leadership role within the region. This award will recognise those male individuals who have shown the desire to succeed with their own ideas and have had the ambition to turn those ideas into a successful business.

Please tell us how the nominee has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

  1. About the nominee - the judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. We are looking for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional leadership and personality in the development of either their own business or the business in which they work.
  2. Financial Performance - if the nominee has launched their own business please give some indication of annual turnover and profit.
  3. Future Plans - please tell us any future plans that the nominee has and where they envisage taking their business or themselves next.
  4. COVID - Please tell us how the nominee has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Female Entrepreneur of The Year

This award is open to any female within the South West. The nominee may have either started their own business, played a significant role within an organisation within the region or had/have either a business directorship or leadership role within the region.

Please tell us how the nominee has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

  1. About the nominee - the judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. We are looking for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional leadership and personality in the development of either their own business or the business in which they work.
  2. Financial Performance - if the nominee has launched their own business please give some indication of annual turnover and profit.
  3. Future Plans - please tell us any future plans that the nominee has and where they envisage taking their business or themselves next.
  4. COVID - Please tell us how the nominee has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

New Start-Up of The Year

The start-up award aims to celebrate and support South West’s newest businesses. Entrants to this award must be independent and have been trading for a maximum period of 18 months.

Please tell us how your business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

1. COVID- Please tell us how your business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
2. Financial performance - please indicate annual turnover and profitability of the business.
3. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
4. The Business history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the business has developed and progressed.
5. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
6. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
7. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
8. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.

Young Entrepreneur of The Year

This award is made to individuals under the age of 30 who are involved in a business. These include young entrepreneurs that are building their own venture or those employees who have had an outstanding impact in contributing to the successes of a larger organisation.

Please tell us how the nominee has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

  1. About the nominee - the judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. We are looking for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional leadership and personality in the development of either their own business or the business in which they work.
  2. Financial Performance - if the nominee has launched their own business please give some indication of annual turnover and profit.
  3. Future Plans - please tell us any future plans that the nominee has and where they envisage taking their business or themselves next.
  4. COVID- Please tell us how the nominee adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

The SME of The Year

Whatever your sector, if you have a great business, tell us about it. This award is for businesses established for more than two years and will recognise an organisation with an annual turnover of up to £25 million that is demonstrating its ability to grow or a strong potential to do so. The company must have a clear understanding of the market in which it operates and its future development within that marketplace, together with sound and measurable business practices.

Please tell us how the business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. COVID- Please tell us how your business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
2. Financial performance - please indicate annual turnover and profitability of the business.
3. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
4. The Business history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the business has developed and progressed.
5. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
6. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
7. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
8. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.

The Employer of The Year

Tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business. Have you created an outstanding workplace based on a set of values that has led to a committed, effective and motivated workforce? The judges would like to hear about what sets you apart and how it has benefited the business and its people.

Please tell us how the business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. We would also like to know how you have supported your staff during this period... (examples such as flexible working, virtual working, co-working).

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. Please tell us how the business has adapted, diversified, contributed to community, and survived during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. We would also like to know how you have supported your staff during this period... (examples such as flexible working, virtual working, co-working).
2. Evidence that the health and wellbeing of your employees is embedded in your businesses culture
3.The activities that your organisation undertakes to promote and encourage the positive health and wellbeing of your staff
4.The impact that your employee initiatives have had on your employees and the wider business
5.Please demonstrate how you engage with their staff in order to achieve results
6.We’re looking for businesses that go the extra mile to satisfy their staff members and what difference this makes to the business
7.Employee development, retention and recruitment
8.Please tell us about how your approach to diversity and inclusion
9.Financial performance - please indicate annual turnover and profitability of the business.
10.The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
11.The Business history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the business has developed and progressed.
12.The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
13. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact to their staff.
14. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.

COVID Community Champion

This award is to celebrate and recognise the positive efforts and contributions that businesses, community groups, charities or Individuals have had on the community during the current COVID-19 Crisis. 

The judges are looking for that exceptional contributions, selfless efforts and outstanding work that the nominee has done across the region for the benefit of the community during COVID.

Examples may include:

  • Frontline work supporting the most vulnerable members of society and those who have caught COVID-19
  • Business donating products or services or getting staff to volunteer their time to support community response 
  • Businesses adapting their production lines to manufacture critical PPE
  • Developing innovations to support the vulnerable and those with COVID-19
  • Checking on Elderly or Vulnerable Neighbours
  • Doing shopping or prescription collections for the isolating in the community  
  • Supporting and helping local NHS hospitals / care services and front-line staff
  • Doing virtual support groups / classes to keep community connected  
  • Lending a hand to support the more vulnerable in the local community.

 The nominee can be an individual, a business, a community group or a charity. 

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging.: 

1. The local impact that you have been during COVID. 
2. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact during the current COVID Crisis. 

Examples may include:

  • Frontline work supporting the most vulnerable members of society and those who have caught COVID-19
  • Business donating products or services or getting staff to volunteer their time to support community response 
  • Businesses adapting their production lines to manufacture critical PPE
  • Developing innovations to support the vulnerable and those with COVID-19
  • Checking on Elderly or Vulnerable Neighbours
  • Doing shopping or prescription collections for the isolating in the community  
  • Supporting and helping local NHS hospitals / care services and front-line staff
  • Doing virtual support groups / classes to keep community connected  
  • Lending a hand to support the more vulnerable in the local community.

 The nominee can be an individual, a business, a community group or a charity. 

The Apprentice of The Year

This award recognises an individual who has made an exceptional contribution and commitment to their workplace. 

Please tell us how the individual has adapted during the current COVID-19 crisis. 

The judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  1. Evidence of dedication and commitment through learning
  2. Outstanding examples of applying theory practically
  3. Demonstration of surpassing expectations in the workplace
  4. Positive feedback from colleagues, tutors and/or customers
  5. Please tell us how the individual has adapted during the current COVID-19 crisis. 

The Charity of The Year

The Charity of the Year Award is open to charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations which have a base in the South West and have been operating for more than 2 years.

Please tell us how the charity has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis. The judges would love to know of how you have provided your services during this period and provided extra support the community.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, the community groups they support.
2. The Charities history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the charity has developed and progressed.
3. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
4 Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
5. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
6. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.
7. COVID - Please tell us how the charity has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis. The judges would love to know of how you have provided your services during this period and provided extra support the community.

Outstanding Contribution to The Community

Nominees in this category can be either an individual, companies, non-profit organisations, social enterprizes, community projects/trust or community interest companies who have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to the South West community.

Please tell us how the charity has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis. The judges would love to know of how you have provided your services during this period and provided extra support the community.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
2. The history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the nominee has developed and progressed.
3. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
4. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
5. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
6. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.
7. COVID: Please tell us how the charity has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis. The judges would love to know of how you have provided your services during this period and provided extra support the community.

Lifetime of Achievement

This award is for a unique individual who is recognized universally as having made an outstanding contribution to the region in his or her area of activity.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
2. The Nominee history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the nominee has developed and progressed.
3. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
4. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
5. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
6. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.

The Leisure & Tourism Award

This award is open to any business (for example hotels, venues, theme attractions) operating in the tourism industry in South West. The judges will be looking for businesses that demonstrate exceptional commitment to providing an outstanding experience for visitors, tourists and business travellers to South West.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging:

1. The local impact - for example, how many employees the nominee has, any charities or community groups they support.
2. The Nominee history - It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the nominee has developed and progressed.
3. The plans for 2020/2021 - Please detail anything that the nominee is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that.
4. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or particular examples of how this nominee has made a considerable impact via their achievements, service or career.
5. Overview of the services - tell us what makes you unique and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region.
6. Achievements to date - please detail any successes that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won.

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