IW CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
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.
It’s an earlier date for the event which means that the timeline for submissions and nominations also moves forward. Entries will open in May and will close in July. The shortlist of nominees will be announced in September.
This year sees the launch of two new categories. Excellence in Customer Service is now covered by two awards, for Micro Business and Small Business. There’s also a new award for Micro Business of the Year.
As always the Chamber’s Business Awards for Excellence are open to any Island based business, of any size or sector.
“The response to the 2018 Awards night was phenomenal. We’re already gearing up for an even bigger event. Last year we filled Cowes Yacht Haven and we’re looking at another sold-out event for 2019. I would encourage all Island businesses to enter for these prestigious awards.”IW Chamber CEO Steven Holbrook
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 IFPL
|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 Red Funnel
|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.|
Can I enter for an award?
Yes. Your business must be based on the Island and must have completed your first full year of trading.
Is it free to enter?
Yes. Any business can enter in two categories for free. Subsequent entries will be charged at £100 plus VAT per entry for IW Chamber members or £150 plus VAT for non-members.
Do I have to be a Chamber member?
No. The awards are open to any Island based business.
When do the awards open?
Entry criteria and application forms will be available from Monday 20th May 2019.
What is the closing date?
Entries must be submitted by midday on 31st July 2019.
Will this closing date be extended?
No. This date and time are final and any entries received after this time will not be included.
What time period should my entry cover?
The awards time frame begins on January 1st 2018 and ends on the date of submission (ie 31st July at the latest). Entries should reflect activity within this time frame although year on year and historical comparisons can be included to show growth and scale.
My business is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Will that help me win an award?
Your award entry will be judged on your activity within the time frame of the awards not the lifetime of your business.
Can I email or post my entry?
No. All entries must be submitted using the online entry form.
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.
Will you acknowledge receipt of my entry?
We will aim to acknowledge receipt of your submission within one working day.
Who are the judges and who will see my entry?
The judging panel is comprised of impartial business experts. Some are Island based, others on the mainland and some are internationally based. Your business will be judged wholly on your entry and the information that you provide. Your entry will be treated in confidence.
What about additional material?
The judges will make their decisions based on your written entry. You can supply additional photos or brief documents where you feel it to be appropriate. You can include website links within your entry and this can include links to video material (eg Youtube). All external material should be hosted for the duration of the judging process, as part of your own website or with a provider such as Dropbox. Please do not send externally hosted material with a time expiry date eg WeTransfer.
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.
Can I get help with my entry?
The strongest advice we can give you is to read the entry requirements for each category thoroughly and supply the evidence required. Remember that the judges may have no prior knowledge of your business or your activity. This is your opportunity to tell your story and show them, with evidence, what makes your business so exceptional.
The Chamber will be running two “So you want to win an IW Chamber Award” sessions with Dale Howarth on Monday 10th June at the IW Chamber Office. To book places please visit the events page.
Browse our winners archive here: