Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2013 ... the categories

Falkirk Herald Business Awards
Falkirk Herald Business Awards

The new categories introduced to the Falkirk Herald Business Awards this year should ensure there’s something for everyone to enter.

Best Start-Up Business

Open to all businesses less than two years old:

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Clear business idea and start-up process

Degree of entrepreneurship

Vision for the future

Potential for further growth

Expansion in turnover, profits and employment levels

Well-researched business plan and forecasts for business performance

Offering something new to the market place

Management style/leadership

Customer satisfaction

Contribution from staff

Best Green Business

Open to firms who operate in the green sector as well as those who have integrated environmental strategies into their core business.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Innovative green projects

Benefits for the environment

Financial gains from the projects

Waste reduction

Innovation in what has been done or achieved

Degree of innovation

Plans to build on your efforts in the future

Impact on local community or related businesses

Best Website / E-Commerce

Open to all firms who use the internet to widen their profile and/or increases sales.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Excellence and innovation in content

Good navigation

Good quality visual design

Good functionality

Good interactivity

Effective use of music, sound animation or video

Relevance to audience

Self-promotion on the web

Improvement in profile and/or sales

Best Tourism Business

Open to any business operating in the tourism sector, both new and established, regardless of size.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Outperforming peers at a national level

Exploring new avenues to develop the sector

Use of innovative products and service

Bringing new business to Falkirk area

Leveraging benefits that Falkirk district offers

Best Sales and Marketing

Open to all business who can demonstrate the success of a sales or marketing campaign over the past 12 months.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Innovation and creativity

Best practice in sales and marketing

Improvement in productivity

Improvement in sales

Potential for further success

Customer feedback/satisfaction

Management style/leadership

Best Growth Business

Open to any business who can demonstrate a strong record of growth during the last 2 years.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Number of jobs created

Number of new contracts won / market share achieved

Increase in turnover achieved

Increase in profit achieved

Percentage of turnover exported

Investment in new business development

Number of new products

Strategy for continued growth

Best Community Business / Social Enterprise

Open to all businesses/social enterprises who can demonstrate a commitment making a social impact in the community in which they operate.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Innovative community initiatives

Improving the environment

Employment of a local workforce

What is new or different about what you have done or achieved

Social impact

Positively contributing to the local economy

Strategy for continued growth

Commitment to workforce development

Recognises the benefits of a healthy work-life balance

Support the aspirations of employees

Best Independent Retailer (Keep it Local Award)

Open to any business who can demonstrate they have embraced the concept of local sourcing and local trading.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Local sourcing of raw materials, supplies and products

Links with businesses and organisations who also subscribe to a local trading ethos

Employment of a local workforce

Use of local training providers

Development of local markets for products and services

Reducing the impact of transport

Policy of strong local community engagement

Contributing positively to the local economy

Employer of the Year

Open to any business regardless of size or sector which has more than one employee.

Encouraging employee progression

Commitment to workforce development

Recognises the benefits of a healthy work-life balance

Support the aspirations of employees

Fosters a supportive and welcoming workplace

Best Small Business

Open to businesses in any sector employing fewer than 25 people.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Degree of dynamism

Commitment to growth

Success in achieving planned objectives

Demonstration of a clearly defined vision

Development of turnover and employment

Entrepreneurial spirit

Effective measurement of performance

Robust financial controls

Involvement and development of the workforce

Focus on the customer/exceeding customer expectations.

Management style/leadership

Best Large Business

Open to businesses in any sector employing more than 25 people.

Judges will score on performance in the following areas:

Success in growing their organisation

Encouraging employee development

Creativity and innovation

Strong proactive relationships

Shared ambition to optimise business performance

Strong leadership

Clearly defined strategic objectives

Evidence of growth and development

Strong performance record

Standing out from competitors

Once again there will be two additional awards – Outstanding Achievement of the Year selected from all the category winners, and Lifetime Achievement awarded by The Falkirk Herald.

Entry forms can be obtained by e-mailing businessawards@falkirkherald.co.uk or calling us on (01324) 690222 to have one posted out.