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Categories (Guide page)

 

  1. Business of the Year
  • For this award, we’re not looking for the largest; we’re looking for the best. A company that’s moving forward, with strong cash flows, a good market position, growth in products or services or one that has excelled in the calendar year of 2017.
  • The winner of this award will be a business that can demonstrate excellence in their industry; a company that stands out from the rest and has a strong longterm strategy that may have already delivered results.
  • Critically, in the spirit of William Fleetwood himself, we’re also looking for a company that’s committed to supporting its local or wider community; helping the Greater Manchester area succeed in line with their own success.

 

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Business Growth in Revenue, Profit or Market Share
  • Successful Business Opportunities
  • Innovation in Strategy
  • Successful Products or Services
  • Expansion into new marketplaces

 

      2. Business Person of the Year

  • This award recognises an individual that has had a particular positive impact; whether that is impact on a larger organisation, a smaller business or as a sole trader within a marketplace. This person will be someone who has brought financial and / or non-financial benefits to their organisation/business or community through their efforts.
  • The winner of this award will have been endorsed by a business colleague, partner, or client for their contributions and will be able to demonstrate to their judges how they have taken steps to be a big positive influence for their business in the calendar year of 2017.

 

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Details of the successful impact the nominee has made on the business
  • What did they do? How did it benefit the team/company
  • What positive qualities this person has brought to the team/company
  • How have those qualities impacted on those around them? Colleagues/Customers
  • Testimonials from several parties attesting to the person’s qualities and impact

 

 

  1. Young Business Person of the Year
  • This award is for business people aged 30 or less (by 1st January 2018) who have demonstrated a high degree of business acumen, creativity and vision for the future. This person can be working within a larger company, as a sole trader or within a business partnership.
  • The winner of this award will have all of those qualities, but will also have a keen eye on the next few years of their career; as the judges will be looking to see an understanding of how they can develop their skill set in the future in order to continue their success.#

 

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • How has the young person positively impacted the business/market/community?
  • What did they do? How did it benefit the team/company
  • Have they been mentored by a more experienced member of the team? How has their training gone?
  • What are their plans for the future? What goals have they set themselves and how do they plan to achieve them?

 

 

  1. Entrepreneur of the Year
  • This award is to recognise an exceptional entrepreneur within the Greater Manchester area.
  • This award is to highlight and recognise entrepreneurs who have demonstrated creativity and vision within their business, but might work in a smaller, growing company.
  • The winner of this award will be someone with an entrepreneurial approach, who is an educated risk taker, an innovator, a determined and charismatic personality and crucially someone who is generating results for their business within the market place.

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • How has this person shown creativity and entrepreneurial spirit with the business world?
  • How have they generated positive results for their business/company? This can be profits, growth, positive PR, creation of new client relationships etc.
  • Testimonials from several parties attesting to the nominee’s personality and achievements

 

 

  1. Start-up of the Year
  • This category will reward a business that has been in operation for less than three years that has accomplished the most in that timeframe.
  • This could be growth in jobs, revenue or profit, introduction of new products or services, success in a niche market or an interesting business strategy that has delivered results.

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • The Business must be under 3 years old at the time of entry
  • Examples of exceptional growth within that timeframe – in profits, revenue, market share, workforce etc.
  • Successful launch of products or services within the marketplace and a plan to achieve even greater results in the future
  • Evidence that the company has an eye on the future – where do they see themselvesin 5 years’ time?

 

     6. Community Champion Award

  • This award will be presented to the company, person or organisation that, through their culture, activities or engagement with the local community, has created a long-term, sustainable legacy and helped the community of Greater Manchester benefit through their efforts.
  • The judges will be looking for projects, campaigns or initiatives that provide a valuable resource for the community of Greater Manchester and the winner will be able to demonstrate that they have impacted that community in a positive way.

 

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Explain how the nominee’s activities have benefited the community of Greater Manchester or Lancashire
  • Evidence showing how that activity has positively impacted the community
  • Provide testimonials from charitable organisations or relevant third party organisations that can attest to the sustainable legacy their activities have had and continue to have
  • What challenges were involved in their activities and how did they overcome them

 

     7. Employer of the Year Award

  • We are looking for the employers who can best demonstrate how their leadership and policies support staff development, commitment and satisfaction creating a positive and supportive workplace with a motivated and well trained team.
  • This award is also perfect for businesses that have taken specific advantage of apprenticeships within their workplace; carrying through the next generation of business people to permanent positions.
  • The winner of this award will have a positive culture, focused on staff development. They will also be an example and inspiration to other businesses looking to deliver on high levels of staff satisfaction in the longterm.

 

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Evidence of a proactive approach to staff training, development and a commitment to employee satisfaction
  • A willingness to go beyond the normal level of opportunities open to employees within their sector
  • Examples and Testimonials from staff advocating the business’ positive culture
  • Evidence of the company being actively involved in the training and development of apprentices and evidence those learners have been retained at the end of their course

 

     8. Special Award: Outstanding Achievement in Business

  • This award recognises any outstanding achievement in the business world – this could be a long serving, loyal and committed employee or employer, a company or business that has served its customers to an exceptional standard over a long period of time or any other individual or company that has gone beyond the necessary and achieved something noteworthy within the Greater Manchester or Lancashire areas.

 

Judges are looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • A detailed description of why this person or business should be recognised for this special award
  • Evidence or testimonial content to attest to this individual/company and their incredible achievements within the business sector
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