Get set for the biggest night of the year for the Island’s business community! The 2019 Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence will be presented on Friday 18th October 2019 in a glittering ceremony at Cowes Yacht Haven’s Events Centre. 

Tickets for nominated businesses are available from midday on Monday 9th September.

Tickets are priced at £90 +vat per ticket or a Table of 10 is £850 +vat

To book your tickets please call the office on 01983 520777
(All nominated businesses have been reserved 2 tickets, any further tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis)

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.

SMALL BUSINESS AWARD    

Sponsored by Liz Earle Beauty Co.           

 

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 MORRIS BARTON APPRENTICESHIP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by Christopher Scott

This award recognises commitment from a business to developing their staff with Apprenticeship training. Judges will be rewarding businesses that are investing in their teams – perhaps by taking on school leavers as Apprentices, or by upskilling existing staff with higher level apprenticeships. We’re looking for evidence of how Apprenticeships have made a real difference to your business. We’re looking for examples of individual growth as well as how your apprentices have enabled your business to grow.

BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD   

Sponsored by Glanvilles Damant Legal Services

This award recognises the contribution made to the wider community by any business since January 2018. 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.

SMALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD       

Sponsored by Hillbans Pest Control

This award recognises exceptional levels of service and customer care in a business employing over 10 staff. 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.

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.

GROWTH BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by Brightbulb Design

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.

TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD   

Sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight

This award recognises the strong performance of a business in the tourism sector. Judges will be looking for distinctive high quality products that enhance the Island’s offer to visitors.

MANUFACTURING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by WightFibre

This award recognises excellence in the manufacturing sector. The judges are looking for evidence of business growth based on successful, high quality products and designs.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD      

Sponsored by GKN Aerospace Cowes

This award recognises commitment to staff. We’re looking for evidence of a business that invests in its team, perhaps with staff rewards, training or long-service recognition. Judges will look for evidence of how that investment is also good for the business holistically as well as levels of performance.

HOSPITALITY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD               

Sponsored by Wightlink

This award recognises the establishments that are excelling in the leisure and hospitality sector throughout the year. Judges will be looking for high standards of service and delivery in their field, which might be dining, accommodation, wellbeing, relaxation or a leisure experience.

RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARD       

Sponsored by NFU Mutual

This award recognises a business in the retail sector with exceptional success. Judges will be looking for strong financial performance, distinctive product range and approach, with strong customer care. Retailers can be of any size, including franchises, and retail should make up a significant part of your business. Your entry should reflect the retail aspect of your business alone – ie. this entry would cover the shop at a visitor attraction but not the visitor attraction as a whole.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by Red Funnel

This award recognises an Island based business that excels in the global marketplace. Judges will be looking for exceptional products and strong business performance.

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.

MICRO BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD       

Sponsored by Hovertravel

This award recognises exceptional levels of service and customer care in a business employing up to 9 staff. 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.

GREEN INITIATIVE AWARD       

Sponsored by IFPL

This award recognises commitment to the environment and to sustainability. We’re looking for businesses that are conscious of the way they operate and are changing the way that they work. 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.

MARKETING & PR AWARD 

Sponsored by Isle of Wight County Press

This award recognises businesses that use the media to tell their story to grow their business. The judges are looking for examples of campaigns that have made a difference to the way that your business performs. We’re looking for businesses that excel in the way that they communicate with their customers and the wider audience. Examples could include advertising, specific marketing campaigns, social media, public relations and business brand values.

The following awards will be made by the Chamber and Judging Panel:

MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
To be presented to a Chamber member that has provided exceptional support to the Chamber of Commerce throughout the year, assisting and supporting economic growth.
PRESIDENT’S CUP
To be presented to an individual that has contributed significantly to promoting economic growth and the Isle of Wight.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
To be presented to a business selected from this year’s entrants and winners which will be named as overall winner.

Awards FAQ

When will the nominations be announced?

The shortlist will be announced in early September. The list will be unveiled at www.iwchamber.co.uk and the announcement will be advertised in advance.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced and presented with their award at the ceremony at Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday 18th October 2019.

How is the shortlist put together?

The judging panel will assess all valid entries. Submissions that are incomplete or exceed the word limit or any other entry requirements will not be judged. Shortlists for each category and the number of nominations will reflect the quality of submissions within each individual category. The judge’s decision is final.

Can I receive feedback on my entry?

Judges feedback will be available on request after the awards ceremony on the 18th of October.

Island Business September 2019

Island Business September 2019

Events

september

18sep9:30 am1:00 pmFire Marshal Course - Good Skills Training LTD

18sep5:30 pm8:30 pm#LinkedInLocal Isle of Wight

19sep10:00 am12:00 pmIW Chamber Networking Brunch - The Breeze

23sep10:00 am5:00 pmTeams to Inspire – 1 Day Training Course by In2action

24sep9:30 am12:30 pmTime is money, money is time - Alex Tana Coaching

26sep9:30 am4:00 pm50 Plus Start Me Up - Free One-Day Business Start Up Course

26sep9:30 am4:00 pmOne-Day Business Start Up Course

october

04oct7:30 am9:30 amIW Chamber Business Breakfast at The Garlic Farm

09oct10:00 am5:00 pmGo Ahead Make My Day – Management Teams – 1 Day Training Course by In2action

10oct10:00 am12:30 pmFREE LinkedIn Growth Seminar & Workshop with Four Point Digital

11oct1:00 pm3:30 pmAnnual General Meeting and Networking Lunch

15oct7:30 am9:30 amTuesday Tea and Toast Networking - N0 64 , Shanklin

18octalldayBusiness Awards for Excellence 2019

24oct9:30 am4:00 pm50 Plus Start Me Up - Free One-Day Business Start Up Course

24oct9:30 am4:00 pmOne-Day Business Start Up Course

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