Take up for Doncaster Business Awards increases

Doncaster Business Awards winners from 2013.
Doncaster Business Awards winners from 2013.

The number of entries for this year’s Doncaster Business Awards, sponsored by Solutions 4 Cleaning and backed by the Doncaster Free Press, is up on last year.

Figures have increased by 10% compared with the number of entries received last year, with the number of different companies entering increasing by 15%.

Commenting on the increase, Phil Harris, CEO at Doncaster Chamber said: “This is yet another record breaking year for entries, and is testament to the gravitas of the businesses in Doncaster.

“I’m delighted to see so many local businesses speaking out about their successes, and the diverse range of businesses entering awards this year, from different sectors, sizes and stages of business growth.

“These awards are all about business excellence and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the awards ceremony on 11th December.”

Other award sponsors this year include: Academy for Chief Executives (Business Person of the Year 35 and under and Business Person of the Year 36 and over), Allotts Chartered Accountants (Small Business of the Year), Doncaster College (Business Start Up of the Year), Keepmoat Limited (Success Through Innovation and Diversification), Peter Brett Associates LLP (Large Business of the Year), Polypipe (Excellence in Customer Service), and QDOS (Excellence in People Development and Training).

The judges are now in the process of marking entries, creating a shortlist of finalists for each category, and arranging visits to see those finalists for the second stage of the judging process, the interview. Finalists will be announced on the 16th October, with the winners and runners up announced during the awards ceremony on 11th December at The Doncaster Racecourse.

Tickets are available now via the website www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk or by calling 01302 640100. Priced at £55+VAT per ticket or £500+VAT for a table of ten, tickets include reception drinks and canapés, a four course meal, the awards ceremony itself (hosted by Louise Minchin, one of the country’s top journalists and presenters) and an after party including live band and DJ.

Call 01302 640132 or email asymon@doncaster-chamber.co.uk for more information.

The full list of categories is as follows:

EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

Presented to a business that demonstrates they truly have the customer at the very heart of their business. Judging criteria includes customer service standards and strategy, business performance, customer care, and how customer service has driven business growth.

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING and COMMUNICATIONS

This award will be presented to the company that demonstrates innovative communications and marketing campaigns to reach its target customer base with demonstrable results for its business.

Criteria includes evidence of clear objectives and how they are measured; evidence of how brand awareness has increased; mechanisms to convert activities into commercial sales; and how communications have contributed to business success.

EXCELLENCE IN CORPORATE, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Presented to the organisation which has a clear and demonstrable strategy for their efforts and achievements in corporate, social and environmental responsibility.

Criteria and judging will be based on the benefits received by the company, customers, communities and the environment, and the on-going sustainability of the business’ efforts.

EXCELLENCE IN OVERSEAS TRADE

This award will go to a company who has expanded into new geographic markets outside the UK in the past two years.

The award will take into consideration the company’s strategy behind moving into new international markets, sales achieved, any new product development, and innovative approaches to international sales.

EXCELLENCE IN PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

This award will be presented to the company which demonstrates efforts and results from investing in their staff development to support the business and its growth.

Judging criteria will include evidence of access to development opportunities, including apprenticeships, offered to staff and how staff are able to progress.

SUCCESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WORKING - SPONSORED BY KEEPMOAT LIMITED

Recognises the combined ability of partner organisations to seek out and develop partnerships that move beyond normal commercial relationships to deliver real added value to all partners, customers and other stakeholders.

SUCCESS THROUGH INNOVATION AND DIVERSIFICATION

Recognises firms that have identified new ways to stay ahead of the competition.

This award will go to a company that has been innovative in its approach to business in these challenging times and that has achieved success through diversification into new products or markets.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR - 35 AND UNDER/36 AND OVER

These awards are for outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in the success of a business through exceptional vision and effective leadership.

It will take into consideration market awareness, business growth, vision for the future of the business, strong commercial performance and financial results.

BUSINESS START UP OF THE YEAR (UNDER TWO YEARS TRADING BY DECEMBER 2014) - SPONSORED BY DONCASTER COLLEGE

This award will go to an organisation that is based in Doncaster and has received support via the Business Doncaster programme.

The organisation must be able to demonstrate continued growth since start-up whilst meeting and overcoming challenges.

It will take into consideration market awareness, vision for the future of the business, strong commercial performance and financial results.

THIRD SECTOR BUSINESS OR ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR

This award will go to a third sector business or organisation that the judges believe has been clear in its goals and strategy, effectively promoted its cause and beneficiaries and demonstrated excellent customer service whilst simultaneously showing growth and sustainability as an organisation since inception.

SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (Small - 1-10 employees or turnover £1 million or less); Medium - 11-50 employees or turnover £5 million or less; large 51+ employees.

The Business of the Year Awards will be given to the companies that demonstrate all-round excellence in business.

The judging will focus on financial performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, a commitment to customer service, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The deadline for nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award has already passed.