Chippenham Business of the Year

This award will go to the business with an annual turnover in excess of £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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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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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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Training and Development Business of the Year

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight either a training company’s innovative courses or businesses internal training and development programmes and the positive impact they have on staff.

Training companies must be able to demonstrate a real commitment to the development of individuals, relationships with businesses and how they encourage the culture of development and celebration of achievements.

Companies running their own training and development courses must show development of staff and the effect this on their results.

Evidence of solid results of growth and development, and future plans for continued development, is essential.

Business Services Provider of the Year

This award will go to the business in the service sector 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 or Restaurant of the Year

This award will go to the hotel or restaurant 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.

Apprentice of the Year

Judges will be looking for entries which showcase the impact an apprentice has had on the organization 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 2016.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is open to either young entrepreneurs that are enjoying success in building their own business, or to those employees that have had an outstanding impact in contributing to the successes of a larger organisation.

Either way, applicants will need to demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success.

Applicants will be judged on their personal involvement in the company’s growth or expansion, its move into new products, services, markets, or new areas of business activity.

Entrants should be aged 35 or under as of 31st October 2016 and be in a position directly responsible for generating profit for the business.

Entries to this category can be submitted by the nominee or a senior manager within the business they are employed.

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Start-up Business of the Year

This award will be given to a company that has been launched, or has had a change of ownership within the past three years.

The judges will be looking for a business that has evolved with an entrepreneurial approach applied to a creative business idea, such as, a unique business concept, addressing changes in industry practices, production of innovative products or services, the discovery of a new route to market, or a business which has had a significant change of direction or momentum following a change of control.

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Environmental Business of the Year

This award will go to the company which has shown outstanding commitment to managing the environmental impact of its business or has developed its own business in the field of managing the environmental impact of other businesses or the wider community.

Such improvements include actions to; reduce emissions, waste or noise; improve raw material use or transport efficiency; clean up land; and reduce the impact of the business activities on neighbours.

The project or initiative demonstrated by the applicant must have been completed or at least have reached a meaningful stage within the last 12 months.

Creative Business of the Year

The judges are looking for an outstanding business from the creative sector. This business should be producing cutting-edge creative media that has made a big impact in the creative world and beyond.

Judges will be looking for a company that has demonstrated skill, creativity and innovation in the development of a unique product, service or design.

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Retailer of the Year

This award will go to the retail business that best demonstrates that they are at the heart of and an essential part of Chippenham life.

They will need to provide the judges with evidence of how they contribute to the business community in Chippenham, providing employment to local people, as well as offering consumers’ choice, quality and service.

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.

Innovative Business of the Year

The judges will be looking for a business that has evolved with an entrepreneurial approach applied to a creative business idea, such as, a unique business concept, addressing changes in industry practices, production of innovative products or services, the discovery of a new route to market, or a business which has had a significant change of direction or momentum following a change of control.

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.

The nominees for this category are selected by the judges.

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