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Grantham Journal Business Awards are the perfect chance to recognise employees and apprentices

It is often the people behind the business that are its driving force and the reason for its success.

With that in mind, we are today calling for entries and nominations into the Employee of the Year and Apprentice of the Year categories of the Grantham Journal Business Awards.

It is a chance for business owners and managers to truly recognise and reward their employees for a job well done.

Grantham Journal Business Awards (44053544)
Grantham Journal Business Awards (44053544)

We’ve had more than 45 entries into the 22nd annual Grantham Journal Business Awards so far, with the most popular category currently Customer Care, followed closely by Business of the Year.

The benefits of being part of the awards were outlined at a meeting of Grantham Business Club last week, when members heard from Sharron Marriott, Iliffe Media’s events organiser and the woman behind the annual awards.

Benefits of entering the awards – which will culminate in a glittering presentation night at Arena UK in Allington – include the boost to staff morale and motivation, and a great networking opportunity.

Grantham Journal Business Awards sponsors (49013525)
Grantham Journal Business Awards sponsors (49013525)

For sponsors, extensive coverage in the Grantham Journal, at www.granthamjournal.co.uk and on social media is significant, while the awards night itself can act as a way to thank staff or as corporate

Nominations and entries for the 2021 business awards – which pay tribute to the hard-working firms and their staff across the Grantham area – opened last week.

We are delighted to be presenting the awards at a prestigious gala dinner in the marquee at Arena UK, Allington, on Friday, November 12, 2021, presented again by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior.

There are once again 12 awards up for grabs, so no matter what your line of business there’s bound to be a category for you.

  • To find out about sponsorship opportunities, email sharron.marriott@iliffepublishing.co.uk


Business of the Year - sponsored by Oldrids and Downtown

This award is open to a business trading for more than three years with a minimum of five employees that can show evidence of business growth, a commitment to the local community, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement during the past two years, management with the ability to drive the business forward and a genuine commitment to staff.

Businessperson of the Year - sponsored by Chattertons

This award will go to an individual who stands out from the crowd, has an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them. They will have been instrumental in the success of their business and growing the reputation of their business.

Manufacturing and Engineering - sponsored by Viking Signs

The judges will be looking for an organisation which has made a significant contribution to the local area’s manufacturing and engineering base, with a focus on excellent and innovative products.

Employer of the Year

We are looking for employers who can best demonstrate how their leadership and human resource policies support staff development, engagement and satisfaction, creating a positive and supportive workplace with a well motivated and well trained team. The winner will be more than just a good company to work for, their culture will deliver commercial results and they will be an inspiration to others.

Employee of the Year

Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employers or colleagues. The judges will be looking for an outstanding contribution, not only to the organisation and its success, but also to colleagues’ welfare and enhancing the working environment and customer experience.

Apprentice of the Year

This award is for the rising stars of tomorrow within a company apprentice scheme, who have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace and can demonstrate commitment to personal development, dedication to career progression and outstanding levels of success.

Business Innovation - sponsored by South Kesteven District Council

This award celebrates new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have had an impact on an organisation’s success. This award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate an ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the company.

Independent Retailer of the Year

This award is open to all independent retail businesses and will be awarded to the business that can best display ‘first class’ customer service, market and customer engagement excellence, product and services innovation and differentiation, the ability to adapt to consumer/ trading trends.

Best Social Enterprise

This award is open to charities and social enterprises who can demonstrate significant commercial and social impact of their activities. Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organisation.

Best New Start-up

Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all your expectations or is it exactly on the right track, looking strong and with excellent prospects for the future? You may be a oneman band looking to expand, or you may have started at a larger scale and already proved your ideas work. This award is open to companies in business for up to three years at the date of launch (September 18, 2020)

Customer Care

This award will recognise the organisation, irrespective of size or sector, that can prove the customer really does come first. You will need to be able to demonstrate commercial success and strategies for growth whilst achieving excellence in looking after customers. The organisation must have high quality customer service and clear methods of evaluation standards.

Great Taste

This award is for a local hotel, restaurant, cafe or pub that can demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining/food.

Judges’ Prestige Award

This award is not eligible for entry. The recipient will be chosen by the judges and will receive an engraved plaque, sponsored by Pentangle Engineering, to keep until the next business awards in 2021.


Our dedicated awards website – www.granthambusinessawards.co.uk – is open for nominations and entries made by completing a simple form.

Each nominee/entrant will then receive a comprehensive application pack, which they will be asked to complete and return. These applications will be scrutinised by our judges in order to draw up their shortlist.

Three shortlisted finalists in each category will go forward. They will be interviewed by judges from our expert panel and will later be filmed – videos will be shown during the awards presentation event.

This is an opportunity not to be missed, the chance to place your business – and the people who are important to it – in the spotlight.

Any business within the Grantham Journal’s news coverage area is eligible. Businesses can enter a maximum of three categories and readers can also nominate.

The deadline for entries/nominations is 5pm on Friday, August 13. Completed comprehensive applications must be returned by Friday, August 20.

Put your business forward for an award, or nominate, at www.granthambusinessawards.co.uk

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