Award Categories


Apprentice / Trainee of the Year

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This award recognises apprentices or trainees who have excelled in their training and goes above and beyond for the benefit of both their business and their future career. The entry should be completed by either the apprentice/trainee or their employer. Apprentices / trainees will be in employment and on the scheme within Mansfield / Ashfield districts as of March 2022.
  1. Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship / traineeship 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.

Innovation Award

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.

Ashfield Business in the Community Award

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This award aims to recognise those local businesses, 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 business, 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

Mansfield Business in the Community Award

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This award aims to recognise those local businesses, 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 business, 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

Best New Business / Start Up of the Year

Open to all businesses that have been operational for less than 3 years (as of November 2021) 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?

Large Business of the Year

Open to organisations with 16 or more 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.

Sustainability Award

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This award recognises organisations that have put their sustainability practices at the heart of their business goals and are well on their way to delivering this strategy and already reaping the rewards from this approach. Judges will be looking for:
  • Business Overview
  • Evidence of sustainability strategy being put into practice and results this has achieved
  • Future plans to accelerate achieving net zero and/or reducing impacts further
  • Commitment to engaging staff and/or stakeholders in contributing to achieving the companies sustainability goals

Professional Services Award

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.
 

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.

Employer of the Year

An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention with excellent training and who cares for their employees. The best companies to work for! Criteria: The judges will look for evidence and testimonials that confirm all of the above.

Business Person of the Year

This award will recognise the achievements of an individual that had made an outstanding contribution to their business and industry through dedication and hard work. This person can be the owner or one of the senior leadership/management team.
  1.       Explain how this person has the company’s ethos at heart
  2.       Show how this person has exceptional drive to succeed and the ability to overcome obstacles
  3.       Tell us about how this person has been key to the success of the business

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.

2022 Business of the Year

This award is the ultimate accolade for all our entrants and the winner will be chosen from each of the category winners. 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.