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2019 Stockport Business Award Categories

Entries for the 2019 Stockport Business Awards are now closed. Keep an eye for the shortlist announced soon.

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Business of the Year (Turnover Up to £1m)

Sponsored by Kast Energy

The Business of the Year up to £1m award will be given to the company that demonstrates all-round excellence in business. The judging will focus on trading performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. If your business achievements are impressive then this award is for you.

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Business of the Year (Turnover £1m – 5m)

Sponsored by Gorvins Solicitors

The Business of the Year £1-5m award will be given to the company that demonstrates all-round excellence in business. The judging will focus on trading performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. If your business achievements are impressive then this award is for you.

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Business of the Year (Turnover £5m+)

Sponsored by Handelsbanken

The Business of the Year over £5m award will be given to the company that demonstrates all-round excellence in business. The judging will focus on trading performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. If your business achievements are impressive then this award is for you.

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Family Business of the Year

Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin 

The Family Business of the Year award will be awarded to an established family businesses that can demonstrate an outstanding entrepreneurial family leader who has demonstrated the ability to successfully balance business and family issues, growing the business and taking responsibility for others by their philanthropic or social engagement.

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Best Not-for-Profit Organisation

Sponsored by Ashcroft Creative Design

The Best Not-for-Profit Organisation award will be given to a not-for-profit group or business which demonstrates all-round excellence and has a clear mission and purpose. The judging will focus on the organisations performance against aims, and will look at the planned future objectives.

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The Marketing Award

Sponsored by Marketing Stockport

This award is for those within a marketing team. The judges will be looking for a campaign that has clear objectives, creative and effective implementation and tangible and demonstrable results for the business. Evidence of impact and results will be required for this award. Entrants may even wish to consider co-nominations where client and agency have worked well together to help to grow each other’s businesses.

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 Best Digital/Creative Agency

Sponsored by Platform81

The winner of this category will need to show how they have built a sustainable, profitable business in the creative/digital sector. The judges will be looking for good general business practice but will also want to learn specifically how the business has thrived in this competitive sector. Case studies will help to show how a creative business has helped clients and examples of cost effective, viral or social media campaigns will help to paint a picture for the judges. Entrants may even wish to consider co-nominations where client and agency have worked well together to help to grow each other’s businesses.

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The Innovation and Enterprise Award

Sponsored by SMBC & SEA

This award recognises a company that successfully applies any form of innovation, celebrating the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation or industry. Whether the innovation is a new product, a service or a culture of improvement, the judges will look for evidence of how the innovation has been developed and applied to improve commercial performance, operational effectiveness or customer engagement. The award will go to the company that can best demonstrate an innovation or innovative approach that has created competitive advantage and contributed to growth.

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Most Responsible Business Award

Sponsored by CDL

If your company has developed an effective and comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme that is credible, results driven, addresses your core business function and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner, then this award is for you. The award will be judged on activities undertaken in areas including promotion of employee well-being, reduction of carbon footprint and protection of the natural environment, and community & charitable engagement.

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Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Rowlinson Knitwear

This Award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate how it has created a stimulating and supportive workplace, with a well-motivated, well-trained, ambitious, innovative and integrated workforce. Judges will look for evidence of how employees are engaged in strategic goals and company values. They will also look at investment in people, initiatives to create a more collaborative culture, and the impact this has had on commercial performance.

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Most Promising Young Business

Sponsored by Grassroots Recruitment

Entrants will have to demonstrate how the business has performed and what its future projections are. You will also be asked to explain the background to the business, the markets it operates in, the business vision and the research that was undertaken when the business was in development. By doing so you could receive the reward you deserve for successfully setting up your business.

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Food & Drink Award

Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin

The winner of this category will need to show how they have built a sustainable, profitable bar, restaurant or retail food business. The judges will be looking for good general business practice but will also want to learn specifically how the business has thrived in this competitive sector.

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Rising Star Award

Sponsored by Damar Training

The Rising Star Award is designed to recognise the achievements of those who are below Senior Management or Director level, therefore representing the next generation of future leaders. The judges will be looking for an individual who has shown commitment to their role and created significant impact in their industry. This award can be nominated or an individual can nominate themselves.

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