The Chamber Business Awards 2017 is open for entries.

  • If your business is based in the North East please do not complete an entry form. Please contact Charlotte Johns on 0191 374 6471 or charlotte.johns@necc.co.uk.

 

Small Business of the Year

Open to organisations employing up to 75 full time members of staff. This award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in.

The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors
  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Potential for growth
  • Evidence of the businesses commitment to staff

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Health and Wellbeing Award

This award recognises businesses that are creating an environment for their employees to succeed by demonstrating their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence that the health and wellbeing of your employees is embedded in your businesses culture;
  • The activities that your organisation undertakes to promote and encourage the positive health and wellbeing of your staff;
  • How you assess your employee’s health and wellbeing needs;
  • The impact that your health and wellbeing initiatives have had on your employees and the wider business.

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Export Business of the Year

This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the International stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity.

The judges will be looking at: 

  • The level of exports when compared to the size and sector of the organisation
  • The barriers that have been overcome e.g. languages
  • The degree to which products/services are new and markets non-traditional
  • Innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets

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Best Use of Technology Award

This award recognises organisations that have fully exploited the range of technology available to them to grow their business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to transform their business.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The range of technology used in conducting day to day business
  • How technology has improved the businesses processes and efficiency
  • The use of technology to improve customer service and engagement
  • How the above practices influence the organisation’s supply chain

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High Growth Business of the Year

This award is open to businesses of all sizes and recognises businesses that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate the highest levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Significant growth and/or expansion
  • Innovative products, services, applications and/or operations
  • Financial performance
  • Plans for further growth and/or expansion

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Education and Business Partnership Award

This award recognises schools, further education colleges, universities and training providers that engage effectively with business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they work with businesses to help their pupils gain an understanding of the world of work and develop the crucial employability skills that employers value.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Why engaging with business is important for the entrant
  • The level and type of engagement with the local business community
  • How employability skills are incorporated into the curriculum and learning more broadly
  • How the above impacts on pupils

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Commitment to People Development Award

This award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in the promotion and implementation of a learning and development culture. Entrants for this award must communicate how this culture has contributed to the business achieving outstanding success.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Why learning and development is important to the organisation
  • How training needs and skills requirements are assessed
  • Investment, commitment and support given to staff
  • Direct benefit gained by both individuals and the organisation

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Excellence in Customer Service Award

Recognising organisations with a focus on customer service and care this award has been designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and commitment in the ever important area of customer service. Judges will be looking for:

  • A robust customer service strategy and evidence of how this is implemented
  • Evidence of a strong business performance
  • How customer care is tied into staff development plans and how this has driven business growth.

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Best use of Social Media Award

This award recognises organisations, be that businesses, not for profits or charities that are maximising social media to communicate with people in new and innovative ways. Organisations should be able to demonstrate a clear, inventive use of social media while producing effective social media strategies and campaigns.

Judges will be looking at the campaign’s:

  • Purpose;
  • Outputs;
  • Impact;
  • Future plans.

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