IW Chamber Business Awards 2022 sponsored by WightFibre
Please note that entries have now closed
On Friday May 6th 2022 we’ll be celebrating the very best in Island business at our prestigious ceremony at Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre. Will your business be there? Will you take home one of our highly-prized awards?
This is your chance to tell the judges – and the Isle of Wight business community – what makes your business special, distinctive and ultimately successful. It’s a moment for your business to be recognised by the industry as a whole, in front of your peers and partners. The journey to winning starts here.
Judged by impartial experts
The IW Chamber’s Business Awards are judged by impartial experts, drawn from across the UK and the world. Businesses will be assessed objectively and judged wholly on their submission. Any Island based business can enter; they don’t need to be members of the Isle of Wight Chamber. Entries will reflect activity and success in the 2021 calendar year.
Open to everyone
These awards are open to all Island based businesses. You can enter regardless of your size or sector. You don’t have to be a Chamber of Commerce member.
Entry for the IW Chamber Business Awards is from Wednesday December 1st and all entries must be submitted on-line by close of play on Tuesday 1st February 2022.
The shortlist and tickets
Judging will take place in February and a shortlist will be published at the end of March, when tickets will go on sale for the event on Friday May 6th.
“We’re thrilled to be once again looking forward to the biggest night of the year for the business community,” says IW Chamber Chief Executive Steven Holbrook. “It’s a real opportunity to bring people together to celebrate success, in what has been an unprecedented and difficult time for us all. In the last year businesses have evolved, shown resilience and overcome all sorts of challenges as a result of the pandemic. We’ll be recognising those outstanding achievements at our awards ceremony on the 6th May.”
Numbers, context, supporting materials
Each category has different questions for you to answer, designed to help you to tell us your story effectively.
An award winning entry will tell a strong story well, with supporting evidence to back up the claims. Facts and figures are important but so is context – don’t forget to explain the background to your numbers and the way that your business operates. Keep things in the relevant context – the Isle of Wight business community, your sector in the UK, the global market etc.
Include photographs if necessary or they would help the judges understand what you do. Supporting materials can be submitted but your entry should stand up on its own. Make sure that all the key facts and evidence are in your main entry. Supporting material should provide further detail if required.
Unless the individual category specifically mentions a different timeframe, your entry should reflect activity from January 1st to December 31st 2021.
The categories are:
START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by PC Consultants
|This award recognises exceptional growth and entrepreneurship from a business that has been established in the last three years. Judges will be looking at how start-up was achieved, the strength of the business and how it has performed so far, as well as potential for future growth.|
Sponsored by Liz Earle Beauty Co.
|This award recognises exceptional success for a business, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Judges will be rewarding outstanding growth, backed up by inspiration and vision, hard work, action and innovation. Show the judges how your entrepreneurial thinking and actions have enabled your business to make huge strides, excelling against the general trends for your sector. The activity for this entry should major on the calendar year of 2021, although it can also refer to activity from 2019 and 2020, in order to demonstrate how your entrepreneurial drive has steered your business.|
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by Hovertravel
|This award recognises exceptional levels of service and customer care. Judges will be looking at evidence of how the business goes above and beyond customer expectations, with strong customer care ethos and targets. We’ll also be looking for investment in training and how high standards of customer care have contributed to business growth.|
BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Sponsored by WightFibre
|This award recognises the contribution made to the wider community by any business. We’re looking for businesses that are making a difference – of any size and scale. This could be by supporting charities, community projects, working with volunteers or leading awareness campaigns. The impact made by your business will be judged in relation to the size of your business.|
WORKPLACE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AWARD
Sponsored by BCM
|This award recognises businesses that are commitment to the mental health and well-being of its staff. We’re looking for evidence of a business that include wellbeing as part of their overall business strategy. Judges will look for evidence of how a business promotes positive physical and mental health in the workplace, examples of commitment to staff support, as well as evidence that this positive approach has been good for the business holistically as well as levels of performance.|
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Sponsored by Hillbans Pest Control
|This award recognises commitment from a business to developing their staff with training. The award is open to all businesses of any size. Judges will be rewarding businesses that are investing in their teams – perhaps by taking on Apprentices, Kickstarters or by upskilling existing staff with higher level apprenticeships or further education. We’re looking for evidence of how your business is making staff investment a key element of your growth strategy. We’re looking for examples of individual growth as well as how developing your team has enabled your business to grow.|
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Sponsored by NFU Mutual
|This award recognises a business that is committed to making a positive contribution to the environment and to operating sustainably. We’re looking for businesses that are conscious of the way they operate and are changing the way that they work to act on climate change. The judges will be looking for evidence of campaigns or investment with outcomes that could include reducing waste, lowering carbon footprint, new approaches to travel or commuting, changing the way customers or staff engage with the business, or investing in support for the natural environment. The impact made by your business will be judged in relation to the size of your business.|
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION AWARD
Sponsored by Lifeline Alarm Systems
|This award recognises businesses that are constantly moving forward – leading by example and using technology to make their business more successful. This might be an innovative new product that sets you apart from others in your sector; it might be an innovative approach to the way that your business operates, meaning that your business is growing by employing new technology and new methods. Judges will be looking for modern businesses that are looking to the future.|
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight
|This award recognises the strong performance of a business in the hospitality and tourism sectors. This award will recognise a visitor attraction, entertainment venue, accommodation provider, restaurant or hospitality provider that has enjoyed an exceptional year. Judges will be looking for distinctive high quality products that enhance the Island’s offer to visitors.|
MANUFACTURING AND EXPORT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by GKN Aerospace Cowes
|This award recognises an Island based business that excels in the global marketplace. Judges will be looking for exceptional products and strong business performance.|
MADE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT AWARD
Sponsored by Red Funnel
This award rewards homegrown success for a business with a product that has a broad reach and enhances the reputation of the Isle of Wight. Judges will be rewarding excellent products, innovation, successful marketing and strong business performance, all of which contribute to spotlighting the Isle of Wight as a location or destination to a wider audience.
Your entry will be for a specific product, event, experience or invention that has enjoyed an exceptional year. You should nominate an aspect of a business, rather than the business itself (eg a product range not the manufacturing business, a specific event at a visitor attraction not the attraction as a whole). The nominated product will have been designed on the Isle of Wight.
The judges will be rewarding products that add value to the perception and marketability of the Island, as well as products that have contributed to business growth and job creation on the Isle of Wight. The product does not have to have been newly launched this year – the award recognises a remarkable year for a new or existing product.
LAUNCHED IN 2021 AWARD
Sponsored by IFPL
|This award recognises a specific product, event, experience or invention that was launched after October 1st 2020. This award recognises innovation and success. Judges will be looking for examples of exceptional and individual products, successful product launch and reach, as well as positive impact on the business.
Your entry will be for a specific product, event, experience or invention that has enjoyed an exceptional year. You should nominate an aspect of a business, rather than the business itself (eg a product range not the manufacturer, a specific event at a visitor attraction not the attraction as a whole).
GROWTH BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by WRS Systems
|This award recognises exceptional expansion from a business. Judges will be looking for significant and sustained growth – in profit, in market share, in numbers of staff, in investment. We’re looking for evidence of the scale of growth, in a business of any size.|
MICRO BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Gurit
|This award recognises outstanding micro businesses in any sector, employing up to 9 staff. Judges will be looking for enterprise and sustainable growth within your market or sector. They’ll also be looking at future strategy and potential for further growth.|
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Wightlink
|This award recognises outstanding micro businesses in any sector, employing 10 to 50 staff. Judges will be looking for enterprise and sustainable growth within your market or sector. They’ll also be looking at future strategy and potential for further growth.|
The following awards will be made by the Chamber and Judging Panel:
|MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|This award, chosen by the judges from across the Chamber membership, is presented to a member that has provided exceptional support to the Chamber throughout the year with no personal gain for themselves or their business other than supporting the wider business community.|
|IW CHAMBER PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION|
|This award goes to a business organisation or individual to represent outstanding achievement which has also helped the Island’s economy to grow.|
|IW CHAMBER BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|The judging panel has made a selection from amongst this year’s award entrants and winners to receive the overall title of the Isle of Wight Business of the Year.|
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Browse our winners archive here:
See the full list of winners, highly commended recipients and nominees from 2019 – www.iwchamber.co.uk/news/iw-chamber-business-awards-2019-with-wightlink-the-winners/