The Closing Date for Entries is Friday 14th December 2018 at 5pm

All entries must come from within a 5-mile radius of Chippenham (SN15 3HU)

Chippenham Business of the Year

The winner of this award will be selected by the judges from the other category winners.

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Small Business of the Year

This award will go to the business with an annual turnover of less than £2m which has significantly increased its performance or potential in the latest financial year. The size and age of the business are relevant and will be considered against its performance.

The judges are interested in new products or services, innovations and changes in processes, as well as expansion into new markets or different areas of business activity.

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Charitable Business of the Year

This award will go to a business that has excelled in helping the wider community by embedding a culture of supporting charitable causes at all levels. The judges are looking for a company who is raising money for charity, donating resources, time or expertise to help the local community or a social enterprise giving back as their business grows.

The judges are interesting in your charity selection process, how you have benefited the community or charity and how you ensure your employees buy into your charitable donations.

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Independent Business of the Year

This award will go to the independent business which has significantly increased its performance or potential in the latest financial year. The size and age of the business are relevant and will be considered against its performance.

The judges are interested in new products or services, innovations and changes in processes, as well as expansion into new markets or different areas of business activity.

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Hotel, Restaurant or Café of the Year

This award will go to the hotel, restaurant or café which has significantly increased its performance or potential in the latest financial year. The size and age of the business are relevant and will be considered against its performance.

The judges are interested in new products or services, innovations and changes in processes, as well as expansion into new markets or different areas of business activity.

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Apprentice of the Year

Judges will be looking for entries that showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organisation they work for, as well evidence of personal self-development and progression.

Throughout the judging process, judges will be looking for an apprentice who is able to demonstrate a passion for their chosen career.

Evidence demonstrating clear examples of achievement together with your future career plans is essential.

The apprentice can be in any year of apprenticeship or have completed their apprenticeship since September 2017.

You must be able to provide a supporting reference from your employer or from the apprentice if the nomination isn’t self-nominated.

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Green Award

This award is open to any organisation sector who can demonstrate a ground-up best environmental practice in all aspects of running their business.

The judges will be looking for a clear sustainability/environmental plan and evidence that it is delivering on core objectives. Make sure you explain the targets you have set, and how far have you gone in achieving them and if possible please show hard statistics demonstrating year-on-year comparisons.

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Best Place to Work Award

This award will go to the company that believes their environment is the best place to work.

The judges will be interested in how the company establish credibility in terms of vision, communication and co-ordinating activities. How employees are treated with respect and equality. How a company encourages employees to take pride in their work and how the atmosphere created in the workplace is conducive to a successful team environment.

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Customer Service Award

The award will be presented to the business that has provided the best service to the Chippenham community. This business will be seen to be regularly going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to ensure their customers receive excellent service.

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Lifetime Achievement

This award will go to the businessperson who, in the opinion of the judges, has made a considerable, profitable and lasting contribution to business in Chippenham and the surrounding area over a period of at least 20 years.

This may be awarded to a member of a company or a member of a business organisation. The judges will be looking for evidence of this individual’s long term contribution to the development of the business community in Chippenham.

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