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Apprentice of the Year
The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer. Apprentices will be enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme within Chesterfield as of March 2018
Business Person of the Year
Open to any individual that has affected the business in a positive way.
Charity of the Year
This award is open to all registered charities who have achieved business success but whose primary aims are non-profit making.
Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organisation. Profitability will be a factor, as will measurable success in achieving its goals and in building strong links to businesses and the local community.
Businesses form a crucial part of our communities and many are helping to put something back into society. This award calls for businesses that show commitment to corporate social responsibility by improving the lives of local people. This could be through new practices developed as part of the every day running of the business, or activities that support the community outside work. Judges will look at businesses who can demonstrate that they have contributed substantially to the community, including through society-led projects, volunteering or fund-raising.
Customer Service Award
This award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate that it has the customer at the heart of the business.
Excellence in Manufacturing Award
This award will be presented to the company that demonstrates a modern, efficient and innovative approach to manufacturing.
Independent Retailer of the Year
Focuses on independent retailers both online and shop facing retailers, that excel in their field.
The winning business will have created a new product, process or service
Leisure & Lifestyle Award
Open to any restaurant, hotel, café, pub, leisure facility, visitor attraction or similar business. We are looking for an organisation in this sector that excels in their field.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The judges are looking for an individual who has had a major impact on their business and the area over a number of years. If there is someone we should consider for this award, please provide a name and brief overview of their achievements for them to be a contender.
New Business of the Year
This category is open to businesses that have been operating since the 1st June 2017.
People Development Award
The judges are looking for businesses who invest in their employees providing them with training and development initiatives to benefit their overall performance.
Professional Services Award
This award will look at businesses that demonstrate excellence in the professional services sector, that can show evidence of strong financial performance, excellent customer services and can identify what sets them apart from their competitors. Open to organisations of any size, entries are encouraged from those that can demonstrate their accomplishments are creating value in any aspect of their practice matters. There is no definitive list of occupations, but examples include accountants, architect,dentists, engineering,
Small Business of the Year
Open to organisations with 15 or less staff. Judges will be interested in the ethos and background to the business, its profitability and the unique selling points, which make it a success. as well as what difference it has made in its sector since it started trading and how it has overcome any challenges it has encountered. They will also be looking at future projections and plans for the company. Please provide the date that the business was established.