2018 Award Categories - Nominations Now Open!
Nominations Close on 15/12/18

 

We are taking nominations from across the Thames Valley Region. Any business or individual based within the Thames Valley can either nominate or be nominated. The Awards ceremony this year is going to held in Reading as this is where we run one of our annual regional expo's. 

 

Please be advised that when nominating we do require as much detail as possible as the information initially submitted on the nomination will be used by the judges to Short-list the nominees. It is not crucial for you to know all of the information required. If you are nominating and don't have the relevant information we will contact the nominee and ask them to supply the additional details.

 

 

Male Entrepreneur of The Year 

Sponsored By Barclays Bank

 

Criteria overview:

This award is open to any male within the Thames Valley. The nominee may have either started their own business, played a significant role within an organisation within the region or had/have either a business directorship or leadership role within the region. This award will recognise those male individuals who have shown the desire to succeed with their own ideas and have had the ambition to turn those ideas into a successful business.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:
 

1. About the nominee - the judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. We are looking for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional leadership and personality in the development of either their own business or the business in which they work. 

2. Financial Performance - if the nominee has launched their own business please give some indication of annual turnover and profit. 
3. Future Plans - please tell us any future plans that the nominee has and where they envisage taking their business or themselves next. 

Female Entrepreneur

of The Year

Sponsored By Barclays Bank

 

Criteria overview:

This award is open to any female within the Thames Valley. The nominee may have either started their own business, played a significant role within an organisation within the region or had/have either a business directorship or leadership role within the region. 

This award will recognise those female individuals who have shown the desire to succeed with their own ideas and have had the ambition to turn those ideas into a successful business.


Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:
 

1. About the nominee - the judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. We are looking for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional leadership and personality in the development of either their own business or the business in which they work. 

2. Financial Performance - if the nominee has launched their own business please give some indication of annual turnover and profit. 
3. Future Plans - please tell us any future plans that the nominee has and where they envisage taking their business or themselves next.

New Start-Up of The Year

Sponsored By Regal Court 

Criteria overview:

The start-up award aims to celebrate and support Thames Valley's newest businesses. Entrants to this award must be independent and have been trading for a maximum period of 18 months. 

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 
1. About the start-up-  tell as many details as possible about this organisation. The judges will be looking for real passion, a strong plan, an innovative product or service and exceptional forecasts for further growth.
2. Future Plans- 
please tell us any future plans that the business has and where they hope to be within the next 12/18 months. 
3. Achievements to date - please detail any achievements that the organisation has had so far. For example, how many clients they have, products that have launched, new contracts/business they have won. 
4. History - please explain why you started the new business/ organisation. 

 

Young Entrepreneur
of The Year 


Criteria overview:

This award is made to individuals under the age of 30 who are involved in a business. These include young entrepreneurs that are building their own venture or those employees who have had an outstanding impact in contributing to the successes of a larger organisation.


Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:
 

1. About the nominee - the judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success. Applicants should have raised the profile of their organisation, developed and implemented plans that have achieved growth, and who have exceeded customer expectations.

2. Financial Performance - if the nominee has launched their own business please give some indication of annual turnover and profit. 
3. Future Plans - please tell us any future plans that the nominee has and where they envisage taking their business or themselves next. 

The Business of The Year


Criteria overview:
Whatever your sector, if you have a great business, tell us about it. This award is for businesses established for more than two years and can demonstrate all-around business excellence.


Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 

1. Financial performance - please give an indication of annual turnover and profitability of the business.

2. The local impact - for example, how many employees the business has and any charities or community groups they support. 

3. The Business History -  It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the business has developed and progressed since it was founded.
4. The future plans for the business in 2018/2019 - Please detail anything that the business is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, any significant investment that. 

The SME of The Year

 

Criteria overview:

Whatever your sector, if you have a great business, tell us about it. This award is for businesses established for more than two years and will recognise an organisation with an annual turnover of up to £25 million that is demonstrating its ability to grow or a strong potential to do so. The company must have a clear understanding of the market in which it operates and its future development within that marketplace, together with sound and measurable business practices.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 

1. Financial performance - please give an indication of annual turnover and profitability of the business.

2. The local impact - for example, how many employees the business has and any charities or community groups they support. 

3. The Business History -  It is always helpful for the judges to get a clear understanding how the business has developed and progressed since it was founded.
4. The future plans for the business in 2018/2019 - Please detail anything that the business is looking at doing within the next 12 - 24 months for example plans for expansion, product development, or any significant investment.

The Employer of The Year


Criteria overview:

Tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business.

 

Have you created an outstanding workplace based on a set of values that has led to a committed, effective and motivated workforce? The judges would like to hear about what sets you apart and how it has benefited the business and its people.


This award recognises organisations that have created a stimulating and supportive work environment and a real commitment to the welfare of its employees, resulting in high staff satisfaction levels and a well-motivated, ambitious and integrated workforce.

 

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:
 

§  Positive leadership and management

§  An integrated ethical culture across the company

§  A clear human resources policy that creates a stimulating and supportive workplace

§  How employees are engaged with company values and strategic goals

§  Excellence in staff retention and development

§  Schemes and training initiatives that have contributed towards the development of staff

 

The Networker of The Year 


Criteria overview:

Business Networking has become a very important part of many businesses marketing and sales strategy. The judges are looking for that exceptional individual that is constantly networking and connecting people across the region. The nominee can be an individual networker, a group leader of a network or a founder of a networking group.
 

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 

1. About the nominee - tell us why this nominee is special, which groups they attend and how they connect people and make connections themselves. Please share testimonials or personal stories of how their networking has benefited others throughout the region. 

The Apprentice of The Year


Criteria overview:

This award is open to any apprentice within an organisation based in South West. An apprentice is defined as a person who is learning a trade or skill from an employer.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 

1. About the nominee - the judges will be looking at how the nominee has developed and what outstanding contribution they have made to the company in which they are based.

2. Future Plans - please tell us the future plans for the apprentice (if know) 

The Charity of The Year


Criteria overview:

The Charity of the Year Award is open to charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations which have a base in the Thames Valley and have been operating for more than 2 years.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 

1. Projects, activities or services details - please tell us about what the organisation is doing within the region (or nationally). 

2. Testimonials or personal experience- if you know of any testimonials or stories of the positive impact the organisation is having please share this with us.
3. The history of the organisation / future plans- we would love to understand the history of the organisation and any plans for 2018/2019 

Outstanding Contribution
to The Community 


Criteria overview:

Nominees in this category can be either an individual, companies, non-profit organisations, social enterprizes, community projects/trust or community interest companies who have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to the Thames Valley community.

This may be through volunteering, campaigning, helping others, fundraising or simply being the person/group everyone can count on. This nominee goes the extra mile to help others and improve their local community.


Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:

 

1. Projects, activities or services details - please tell us about what the nominee is doing within the region (or nationally). 

2. Testimonials or personal experience- if you know of any testimonials or stories of the positive impact the nominee is having please share this with us.
3. The history of the nominee/ future plans- we would love to understand the history of the nominee and any plans for 2018/2019 

Lifetime of Achievement

 

Criteria overview:

This award is for a unique individual who is recognized universally as having made an outstanding contribution to the region in his or her area of activity.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination: 

 

1. The nominee's history - please provide as much detail as possible of the nominee's history (personal / business). The judges will be looking to understand clearly what the nominee has either contributed/served the community, how they have succeeded in their field of work, and any achievements you feel deserve this special recognition. 

2. Any personal testimonials/stories - and please share any testimonials, stories or personal examples of how this nominee has made a significant impact by their achievements, service or career.   

 

The judges are looking for the individuals that really deserve a special recognition for a lifetime of achievement. For example, nominees could be teachers, nurses, community workers, business leaders,  anyone that has achieved during their lifetime. 

 

The Leisure & Tourism Award


Criteria overview:

This award is open to any business (for example hotels, venues, theme attractions) operating in the tourism industry in Thames Valley.The judges will be looking for businesses that demonstrate exceptional commitment to providing an outstanding experience for visitors, tourists and business travellers to Thames Valley.

Please be advised that the judges will take the following information into account when judging the nomination:
 
1. Overview of the services -  tell us what makes you special and the services, attraction and benefits you offer to visitors to the region. 
2. Investment and future plans - tell us about any investments you either have made or are planning to make.
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