Here are some reasons why your organisation should

Take part in the Awards:

SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS
- this is a great way for a small or large company to showcase its business and highlight its success.

REFLECT ON YOUR SUCCESS
- entering these awards allows you to look back and consider what contributed to the success of your business, whilst at the same time allowing you to consider where you can go from here.

POSITIVE PUBLICITY
- being selected as a finalist or winner offers the benefits of a high level of media coverage and an opportunity to generate really positive publicity for your business.

BOOST STAFF MORALE
- acknowledge the contribution and achievements of your staff and boost morale.

STAND OUT
- being a finalist or winner demonstrates to your current and future customers, employers and competitors that yours is an exceptional business.

CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS
- being a finalist allows you to attend the Awards Gala Dinner - a fantastic opportunity to network and meet people from other successful businesses in Wiltshire.

Award Categories

OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE (WILTSHIRE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR)
AUTOMATIC ENTRY


Sponsored by top law firm Thrings, the award will be presented to the overall winner of the Wiltshire Business of the Year. The winner will be the company that, in the view of the judges, demonstrates success and achievement across all aspects of its business.

Sponsored by Thrings
MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


For Businesses of £2m to £50m Annual Turnover with a sound strategy and performance.

1. For businesses with turnover of £2m - £50m
2. Entrants should demonstrate that they are well run with a strong business plan
3. Entrants should demonstrate growth over a 3 year period
4. Entrants should consider highlighting some or all of the following areas in their application:
• Innovated marketing and sales strategies
• Any new products or services developed over a 3 year period
• The attractiveness of their marketplace in which they trade or operate
• Development and commitment to their staff
• Any other area that makes the business outstanding and worthy of this award

Sponsored by Natwest
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


A business with an annual turnover up to £2m with solid evidence of planned business growth.

1. Applicants should demonstrate a turnover of up to 2 million in the last financial year and have been trading for at least 2 years, with clear evidence of business growth
2. A written business, marketing and training plan with strategy and vision for the next 3 years
3. Provide evidence of strong and sustained relationships with customers and suppliers
4. Demonstrate a digital/online marketing strategy and customer engagement plans

Sponsored by Wiltshire Concrete
SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


A demonstration of sustained activities that help the Community.

1. A depth and range of community involvement that goes beyond financial support or gifts in kind
2. How much time is used by staff to drive this activity and what do they achieve through this?
3. Detail sustained activity with community groups over time
4. Describe the innovation and imagination in the contribution

Sponsored by BBC Wiltshire
CUSTOMER & STAFF CARE
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


The Business that puts staff and customer satisfaction at the forefront of its strategy.

There will be 3 winners in this category in 2017 to recognise the size of the business.

1. Communication - Internal & External
2. Development and Training
3. How staff development has benefited the organisation, its staff and its customers
4. Reward and recognition for staff and customers
5. State number of employees

Sponsored by Mainline Employment Ltd
START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


Trading for less than 2 years’; the business that can show achievement and sustainability.

1. Applicants should demonstrate a turnover of up to 1 million in the last financial year and have been trading for under 2 years
2. How was your start up achieved – include a description of your product/service and the USP
3. Major achievements to date, including investment in your workforce
4. Demonstration of sustainability and strength
5. Future aspirations and plan for growth

Sponsored by The Enterprise Network
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


The Business Leader who demonstrates the best values and culture combined with great results.

1. Describe the vision for your business and how your entrepreneurial skills are helping to make that vision a reality.
2. Demonstrate what your cultural values are and how these have contributed to your business success.
3. Detail the improvement in your business revenue and profits as a result of your leadership.
4. Describe how your leadership skills have enabled you to build an effective and motivated team.

Sponsored by RSM
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


This category will reward businesses investing in their people through learning and development, whether that be through Apprenticeship Schemes, Graduate Programmes, Management Development Programmes or other forms of people development.

1. Describe how you identify learning and development needs in your business in line with your budget and outline your plan
2. Detail the programme(s) that you have in place to deliver against your plan
3. Give examples of how those trained have benefited from this learning and development
4. Demonstrate how learning and development has benefited your business, your employees and your customers
5. Demonstrate how the business has measured the success of the investment

Sponsored by HR4Business and Bespoke Training Services
CREATIVE MARKETING AWARENESS AWARD
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


The best demonstration of business improvement through Creative Marketing.

1. Applicants should detail the identified needs of the campaign
2. Explain the strategy employed when addressing the needs of the campaign and the development of the creative content along with selecting the channels employed
3. Provide detailed measurement of the results of the campaign versus the original needs
4. In your own words, what makes this campaign “award winning”, taking into account its uniqueness, overall creativeness or outstanding results

Sponsored by C3 Marketing
CORPORATE, SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD
CRITERIA QUALIFYING INFORMATION


The organisation that best integrates social and environment activities into their culture.

1. Entrants, with a base in Wiltshire, will have demonstrated that their business assesses the companys’ effects on environmental and social wellbeing
2. Entrants will need to provide a written business plan that evidences strong and sustained activity benefiting the local community or environment, going beyond that which is required by local regulators
3. An ethical organisation that demonstrates business growth whilst also taking responsibility for people and place, taking into account pay differentials and gender balance within the workforce
4. This category is open to all types of business including start-ups, locally based charities and social enterprises

Sponsored by SWLEP
There are a number of specialist award categories to suit the needs of any organisation and you can enter up to a maximum of three, providing you can meet the criteria.

All entrants will automatically be entered into the Outstanding Excellence award sponsored by our overall sponsor Thrings Solicitors.

Submitting your entry
1. Download the application pack that gives you the full details of the awards and the process.
2. Read the qualifying criteria for each category and decide which ones you are going to enter, up to a maximum of 4 categories.
3. Complete the entry form enclosed with the application pack. You need to complete an entry form for each category that you are entering.
4. Provide the qualifying information for the category you are entering.
5. Complete the 9 generic questions.
6. Return the completed entry form(s) along with all supporting material to awards2018@wiltshire.newsquest.co.uk

Or

Post to Wiltshire Business Awards, 15 Duke Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8EF. Please note if you are posting your entry we need duplicates of everything.

This is so that we have one entry for the category sponsor and one entry for the outstanding excellence category.

Entries can be supported by literature, photographs, video links or anything else deemed relevant to your entry.

All entrants should have read and conform to the Terms and Conditions. By entering you have already agreed to comply.

We regret that entries are non-returnable, so please do not include any original documentation.

All entries and information submitted to the Wiltshire Business Awards are treated in the strictest of confidence. Financial information is only seen by the judging panel. Each award has its own judging panel which are chosen by the Sponsor for their expertise within the award criteria and category subject.

Finalists from each award category will be announced prior to the Wiltshire Business Awards Gala Dinner. You will be notified in advance and a date will be agreed for the Judging panel to visit your business in order to decide the Top 3 in the category.
Are you ready?

Download your application pack