The following awards will be presented to the winning businesses on 13th February 2020.

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

Chippenham Business of the Year

This award will go to the winner’s winner – the business whose entry or entries showed their achievements to exceed those of other businesses who entered the Business Awards. This winner is chosen by the judges as recognition for the success their business has had. No entry is made for this category, and all businesses who enter the Business Awards are able to win this award.

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Micro Business of the Year

This award will go to the micro business of two employees or less 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.

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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Hospitality or Leisure Business of the Year

This award will go to the hospitality or leisure 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.

Businesses eligible for this award are hotels, cafes, restaurants, pubs, delis, market stalls, gyms, leisure centres, soft play centres or anyone in the hospitality or leisure sectors.

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Charitable Business of the Year

This award is not open to charities.

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 interested 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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Best Place to Work Award

This award will go to the company that believes the environment they create makes for 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 and how the company encourages employees to take pride in their work. Attention to how the atmosphere created in the workplace is conducive to a successful team environment will be key, as well as examples of actions undertaken by the company aim to create a good place for their employees.

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Apprentice of the Year

Judges will be looking for entries which 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 need to be in their final year or have completed their apprenticeship within the last 12 months.

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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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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.

The winner of this category is selected by the judges.

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