Business Categories & Criteria 2016

Young Entrepreneur (aged up to 30)

Open to all business people aged up to 30. Judges are looking for someone who has created wealth and employment with a sustainable and profitable enterprise. The winner will be someone who turned a bright business idea into revenue-generating reality. A business person with an eye for a gap in the market - as well as the drive and know how to exploit it. An example and an inspiration to those around them, and a go-getter with commercial flair in their personal make-up, and the profit-gene in their DNA. Successful nominees will have created their own business to run on a low cost basis, but with a healthy and growing turnover.

Small Business (10 staff and under)

Open to all businesses with fewer than 10 employees. A business should demonstrate significant growth in its sector, and also demonstrate innovation. Businesses should have a mapped out plan for future developments, and have maintained sound financial performance. A community social responsibility policy should also be in place.

Medium Business (11 - 50 staff)

Open to all businesses with between 11 and 50 staff. A business should demonstrate significant growth in its sector, and also demonstrate innovation. Businesses should have a mapped out plan for future developments, and have maintained sound financial performance. A community social responsibility policy should also be in place.

Large Business (over 51 staff)

Open to all businesses with more than 51 members of staff. A business should demonstrate significant growth in its sector, and also demonstrate innovation. Businesses should have a mapped out plan for future developments, and have maintained sound financial performance. A community social responsibility policy should also be in place.

Employer of the Year

Open to companies which have implemented a significant innovative development in people management practices eg training schemes, reward and recognition structures, performance management systems and health and welfare schemes. We will be looking for companies who have shown a strong commitment to staff development and training. The employee of the year, will be a company that does that little bit extra for its employees, to create a good working environment and atmosphere.

Export Achievement

For a businesses or person who has promoted the area abroad through outstanding export business, expanding the name and reputation of our area.

Women in Business

This new category recognises women who have shown great drive and determination to excel in their business, profession or organisation. It includes women who have made a significant contribution to the success of their company or the business or organisation in which they are employed, through leadership, entrepreneur flair or successful ideas.

Bridlington/Driffield outstanding business of the year

We have opened the Scarborough Business Awards 2016 to include other areas, the Bridlington and Driffield region with a special award. This extra category is open to businesses and organisations which have demonstrated business excellence or innovation. Has your business had an outstanding 12 months and deserves recognition among the wider business community for its achievement? You can enter on your own initiative or, if you know of a worthy entry, you can make a nomination.

Tourism award

  This award is to celebrate the best that Scarborough and district has to offer in supporting the tourism industry and a visitor economy that underpins so much of our local prosperity. We would like nominations which demonstrate business excellence, quality marketing or innovation. This would include accommodation providers, attractions or services.

Apprentice of Year award

  Apprentices are our lifeblood, the key to our future. This award will recognise a special apprentice who has excelled in their training and in their business, service or industry. Companies, training centres and college managers can nominate an individual who has shone in effort and achievement. If you employ or train apprentices, make sure that they are given this opportunity.

Social enterprise

The Social Enterprise Awards will spotlight companies, business organisations, industry and professional services with social or environmental accomplishments. This includes reinvesting profit into community causes or supporting the community through activities, events and partnerships. If you make a difference to the community, make sure you enter.

New Business (up to one year in business)

Open to businesses that have been open for up to one year and which can demonstrate sound and thorough research of its market, before embarking on the project. It should be operating independently of any other existing business, with a carefully mapped out plan to maintain development and growth. The winner will have a clear business strategy, and be able to demonstrate a willingness to listen to, and act upon proven advice. Innovative thinking is a must, as is a clear understanding of the needs of a growing business.

Business Person of the Year

The person who has made the biggest contribution to business in the area within the past 12 months. Our business person will demonstrate clear leadership qualities, with a strong financial understanding of running a business. They will also be willing to mentor colleagues, and other business people, and be a visionary in his or her field. The winner will be the person the judges believe has promoted Scarborough and district in the most positive light.

Lifetime Achievement

Must be able to demonstrate more than a decade of achievement in any dimension or role that has enhanced the business world through achievement, time or effort. This category is open to any nominations where the person has flown the flag for Scarborough locally or further afield.

Overall Winner

This category will recognise an overall winner from the winners of all categories who is judged to have made the most exceptional contribution to business excellence in the region.

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