Award Categories


Covid Response

The past 12 months rocked our community and economic foundation.  Many organisations took the opportunity to make exceptional changes, which for many allowed their business to remain viable and open to their target audience and for others helped to support the NHS.  We will reward the business that best describes their response to the crisis.
  1. Give a brief description of your organisation, the market you operate in, your customers and purpose.
  2. Explain the key challenges covid presented to your business and how you overcame them.
  3. Explain your vision for the future and how you will remain sustainable.
  4. Explain how the changes allowed the business to remain viable and open to your target market.

Innovation Award

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The winning business will be able to demonstrate their ability to navigate market conditions and be at the forefront of their industry. What ways has your business adapted to change and brought to market a new product or service? Or implemented an innovative process or solution?  
  1. Give a brief description of your innovative product, service, process or solution (up to 100 words).
  2. Explain how your business identified a need for this new product, service, process or solution. Show how you carried out your research and development of the idea.
  3. Provide evidence of how your new innovative idea has benefited your business or helped your customers to create competitive advantage. This can be through increased productivity, cost saving or development of the brand etc.

Community Contribution

Businesses play a significant role in the community, many firms consider it important to contribute through charity work, education sector and community groups. Many firms have played a crucial role in supporting their community during the Covid-19 outbreak. This award aims to recognise those local businesses who have taken the time to give something back especially during lockdown.
  1.       Show details of your policies or specific activities that have benefited the community.
  2.       Explain what impact you have had on the community and provide examples.
  3.       Explain the benefits these policies/activities have brought to the business and/or employees.

Best Place to Eat / Drink – (open to public nomination)

Open for the public to nominate their favourite place to eat and or drink.  We want to hear about your experience through lockdown and how your favourite place still provided a service.  

Retail Hero (open to public nomination)

The past year has been challenging for our local retailers.  This award is open for the public to nominate their favourite local retailer, big or small. How did you still manage to buy and replenish your wardrobe? Nominate your retail hero.

Community Initiative – Ashfield

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We want to recognise charities, CIC’s, volunteer groups or community groups within the district of Ashfield that are doing great things to support people in their community. Whether you are a small grassroots organisation or a larger charity with a local presence, this award is open to you. We want to hear about what you do, the people and communities you help, the amazing projects you are running and the impact this is having.
  1. Give a brief description of your community initiative, purpose and beneficiary group (up to 200 words)
  2. Describe the challenges your community is facing and how you address that need - describe your project(s) and the impact it is having/ had.
  3. Provide case studies/testimonials to support your nomination

Community Initiative – Mansfield

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We want to recognise charities, CIC’s, volunteer groups or community groups within the district of Mansfield that are doing great things to support people in their community. Whether you are a small grassroots organisation or a larger charity with a local presence, this award is open to you. We want to hear about what you do, the people and communities you help, the amazing projects you are running and the impact this is having.
  1. Give a brief description of your community initiative, purpose and beneficiary group (up to 200 words)
  2. Describe the challenges your community is facing and how you address that need - describe your project(s) and the impact it is having/ had.
  3. Provide case studies/testimonials to support your nomination

Professional Services Award

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This award will look at businesses that demonstrate excellence in the professional services sector. Open to organisations of any size. We want to hear about your business and what measures you undertook to continue with your services to the community during the pandemic. There is no definitive list of occupations, but examples include accountants, architect, dentists, engineering, healthcare, law, IT, investment and finance and training
  1. Describe your business and how it stands out from others in the sector.
  2. Provide details of any changes you have made to your services to continue to meet the demands of your clients.
  3. Provide details of how you ensure you get - and hang onto - the right staff and their effectiveness.
 

Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering

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This award will be presented to the company that demonstrates a modern, efficient and innovative approach to manufacturing or engineering. 
  1. Explain your business’s commitment to the excellence and development of your products
  2. Tell us about your track record for training and passing on skills to future generations in the industry.
  3. Provide details of the impact on your business if you trade and/or export internationally, how you have adapted to tackle new markets overseas.

Apprentice of the Year

With close to a million active Apprenticeships across England alone, apprenticeship schemes have fast become a preferred route to employment for thousands of school leavers. This award recognises an apprentice who has excelled in their training and goes above and beyond for the benefit of both their business and their future career. 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 Mansfield / Ashfield districts as of March 2021.
  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship showing their commitment and attitude to the role.
  2. Entries should show evidence of outstanding achievement through the quality of work carried out and the value they have added to the company through use of initiative.
  3. We would also like to hear about the personal development since taking on their new role and how the scheme has benefited the individual.

New Business of the Year

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Open to all businesses that have been operational for less than 3 years (as of November 2020) Businesses should have been successful in identifying a market gap to launch a new business and be able to showcase how innovation, product development, market knowledge and effective leadership have played a part in their growth to date.  We would also like an understanding of plans for future growth.
  1. Describe how your business start-up was achieved
  2. How has innovation, product development, market knowledge or effective leadership played a part in your business success to date?
  3. Provide details of your plans for the business in both the long and the short term, how do you see your business developing?

Small Business of the Year

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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. We would also like to hear the impact made within its sector since trading and how it has overcome any challenges it has encountered.  Judges will also be looking at future projections and plans for the company. 
  1. Please provide the date that the business was established.
  2. Describe your business, market, customers, vision and what differentiates you from your competitors
  3. Demonstrate how the effectively meet the needs of customers
  4. What challenges does your business face and how are you working to overcome them?
  5. What plans do you have for the business in both the long and the short term and how do you see your business developing?

Team of the Year

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This award recognises teams that have overcome obstacles or have shown an outstanding performance.  Either a team who usually work together or did so for a special project or task. The judges will be looking for evidence and/or testimonials that demonstrate how successful the team utilised their skills and collaborated with others. 
  1. Give a brief description of your organisation
  2. Give details of the team members
  3. Provide details of how the team worked together, detail if this was on a special or long term project.
  4. Provide testimonials that demonstrate how the team successfully utilised their skills and collaborated with others.

Customer Service Award

Over the past year customers have encountered a new way of dealing with businesses, face to face contact has been less and service with a smile has been removed due to face masks. However customer service remains an essential part of any successful business. This award aims to reward and recognise a company, individual, or team, for their outstanding achievement in providing exceptional customer service.
  1. Give a brief overview of your business (100 words)
  2. Show evidence of how your business effectively meets customer’s needs in order to stay ahead of the competition.
  3. Explain how you measure your customer service
  4. Demonstrate how you feel your business provides exceptional customer service

Ashfield Business of the Year 2021

A special award open for entries for businesses headquartered in the district of Ashfield. This award is the ultimate accolade. The judges will be looking for the company/person who has shown the most enterprise, passion and drive in taking their business forward. Dedication and innovation will be key to the winner of this most prestigious award.
  1. Give a brief description of your organisation
  2. Describe why your business should be named Ashfield Business of the Year 2021
  3. Detail what sets your business apart from the competition.

Mansfield Business of the Year 2021

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A special award open for entries for businesses headquartered in the district of Mansfield. This award is the ultimate accolade. The judges will be looking for the company/person who has shown the most enterprise, passion and drive in taking their business forward. Dedication and innovation will be key to the winner of this most prestigious award.
  1. Give a brief description of your organisation
  2. Describe why your business should be named Mansfield Business of the Year 2021
  3. Detail what sets your business apart from the competition.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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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.