IW CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE 2018
The closing date for entries is Friday 28th September 2018
On Friday November 30th 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.
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.
Things to think about
We’ve set out four key questions that apply to each category. The questions are designed to help you to tell us your story effectively. Take a moment to think about the questions and how they apply to aspects of your business.
A good way to start is to think about what it would mean to you and your business if you were to win that category. How would this help your business prosper or work to re-enforce your commitment your business, your staff, customers and the Island.
Numbers, context, supporting materials
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.
Follow the instructions
Please see the full terms and conditions regarding entry. All submissions must be made via the website. Please don’t send us printed documents or DVDs.
The closing date for entries is Friday 28th September 2018
The categories are:
|START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by PC Consultants
|This award recognises exceptional growth and entrepreneurship from a new business and will reflect the first two to three years of its existence. 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 small businesses in any sector, employing up to 25 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. 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 school leavers as Apprentices, or by upskilling existing staff with higher level apprenticeships. We’re looking for evidence of how your business is making Apprenticeships a key element of your growth strategy. 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|
|This award recognises the contribution made to the wider community by any business during the last twelve months. 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.|
|EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD|
|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 at investment in training and how high standards of customer care have contributed to business growth.|
|GREEN INITIATIVE AWARD|
|This award recognises commitment to the environment and to sustainability. We’re looking for businesses that are conscious of the way they are 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.|
|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|
|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|
|This award recognises the strong performance of a business in the tourism sector. Judges will be looking for growth and a product that is enhancing the Island’s offer to visitors.|
|MANUFACTURING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|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.|
|MARKETING & PR AWARD|
|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. This award is open to all businesses. You might be a marketing business or you might be a business that has grown through the way that you market your business.|
|EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|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 also 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|
|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.|
|INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|This award recognises the international importance of Isle of Wight exporters and will be presented to an organisation that can show growth and development in international markets.|
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.|
|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.|