If you want the chance to place a prestigious business award for all to see then act now, as entries/nominations close next week.
Since we launched the Grantham Journal Business Awards 2016 last month, dozens of names have been put forward.
Now is the time to ensure your business or employee – or even yourself – receives the recognition they deserve.
You have until 10pm on Tuesday to enter. If you’re a reader and wish to put a business/individual forward, please do so by the deadline.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to shout loud and proud about your business-related accomplishments in the last year.
Readers, too, can take part. You are invited to nominate a business or person fitting the award criteria.
Maybe you’ve been particularly impressed by customer service, or you feel an independent retailer deserves a pat on the back.
Entry can be into two of the 12 categories available. New this year are the After Dark Award – open to pubs, clubs and entertainment venues – and the Manufacturing and Engineering Award.
Once again, the awards are supported by our friends in the Grantham Business Club.
You can be part of it as either an entrant, an event partner, an award sponsor or as a guest at the glittering ceremony, to be held once again in a fabulous marquee right in front of Belton House.
The date for your diary is Wednesday, April 13, the first event before the internationally renowned Belton Horse Trials.
Host again this year is popular BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Melvyn Prior.
Corporate tables/tickets are available for anyone wanting to entertain business clients or friends. Tickets are available at a cost of £65 plus VAT, or £600 plus VAT for a table of 10. Guests will enjoy a champagne drinks reception, four-course meal and aftershow party, as well as watch the awards ceremony unfold.
For more details on the business awards and application packs, call 01664 412526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO ENTER/MAKE A NOMINATION
Any business within the Journal’s news coverage area can enter from now until February 23, 2016.
Simply CLICK HERE to download an application pack if you are entering or make a nomination if you are, well, nominating!
Or you can complete the coupon printed in the newspaper and send it in to the Journal office.
You can enter up to two categories. Any business can enter – you do not have to wait for someone to nominate you, you can nominate yourself. The closing date for applications is 10pm on February 23, 2016.
A judging panel will consider all applications and select three finalists per category. Finalists will be notified and invited to attend filming sessions carried out by sponsor SKDC. The videos will be shown on the awards night. They will also be visited by two judges for interview, to allow judges to decide the winner and runners-up
Shortlisted entrants will receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner and awards.
*Business Of The Year – sponsored by 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 Brown & Co
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. The winner of this award will have been instrumental to the success of their business, growing the reputation of both their business and Grantham and district.
*Apprentice/Young Businessperson Of The Year – sponsored by JMP Solicitors
This award is for the rising stars of tomorrow, aged 35 or under, 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.
*Employer Of The Year – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis
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 of this award will be more than just a good company to work for, their culture will deliver commercial results and they will be an inspiration to other businesses.
*Employee Of The Year – available for sponsorship
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.
*Manufacturing and Engineering Award – sponsored by Viking Signs
This award will recognise an outstanding contribution to Grantham’s future as a place where things are designed and made, building on our rich technical heritage since Thomas Henry Barton invented the diesel engine here in 1892.
*Independent Retailer – sponsored by Golf Addiction
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 Entity/ Not For Profit Organisation – sponsored by Buckminster Estate
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.
*Business Innovation – sponsored by SKDC
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.
*Customer Care Award – sponsored by Allison Homes
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 objectives for high quality customer service and clear methods of monitoring and evaluating standards.
*After Dark Award – available for sponsorship
This award covers the evening/night-time economy and will look to recognise those businesses that encourage people to use the town centre from early evening till late at night.
*Great Taste Award – available for sponsorship
This award is for a local hotel, restaurant, café or pub that can demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining/food in the Grantham Journal readership area.
*Judges’ Prestige Award
This award is not eligible for entry. The recipient will be chosen by our judges. The winner will receive an engraved plaque to keep for one year when it will be handed over to the 2017 winner.
Simply CLICK HERE to download an application pack or nominate.