Make 2018 more rewarding with one of these business awards

April 30, 2018 10:31 am

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Have you ever considered entering for a business award but somehow never gotten around to it?  Do you look for ways to attract new customers, increase your profile locally and generally just get your name out there?  If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then perhaps it’s the right time to devote some of your precious time to entering an award and reaping the benefits.

You could gain a great deal from the accolade of winning a business award.  And, in any case, the actual process of applying can often prove a valuable learning experience and something of an eye-opener.  Learn more about what could be achieved.  What’s more, there’s a number of live opportunities and help along the way.  So what have you got to lose?  It could be a real win-win situation.

Chamber business awards

The East Midlands Chamber offers annual business awards to find the crème de la crème of the East Midlands region’s commerce.  Its Business Awards are the only annual industry honours where submissions are judged purely by corporate peers.  Furthermore, they are the only county-by-county accolades that offer winners a chance to compete on the national stage of the British Chambers of Commerce Awards.

The winner of last year’s East Midlands Chamber Nottinghamshire Outstanding Growth Award was iCON Aerospace Technology.  Indeed, they went on to win the BCC High Growth Business of the Year Award for increasing turnover by 30% and creating 150 jobs in two years.  The company is a world leader in highly-engineered products utilising polymers in sealing, containment, propulsion and protection systems worldwide.

Not only are these amongst the most prestigious awards available locally but organisations can also enter as many awards categories as they like.  The categories for each county are as follows:

  • Apprentice of the year
  • Business Improvement Through Technology
  • Commitment to People Development
  • Community Impact
  • Education and Business Partnership
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Excellence in International Trade
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Outstanding Growth
  • Small Business of the Year.

Moreover, one of the category winners will also scoop the Business of the Year Award.  The deadline for entries to this year’s awards is 5pm on Friday 18th MayFind out more and download your application forms.

The Chamber will host gala dinners in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire in the autumn at which the awards will be presented.  Winners of specific awards from each county will go forward to the BCC regional awards for a chance to compete for a national accolade.

CHAD business awards

You may not realise but this year marks the tenth anniversary of the CHAD’s business awards.  So it’s a great time to submit an application for these prestigious awards and raise the profile of your business.  Maybe you’ve been thinking about this for a while but you’re not sure exactly how to go about it.  The good news is that there is a free workshop on offer to help people exactly like you.

The CHAD’s award-writing workshop will be held at the CHAD’s office on 22 May from 9:30am to 11am.  Here you will hear from industry expert Lucinda White who will be sharing some top tips on writing an engaging and winning application.

Lucinda is an experienced award writer who runs the bespoke award-writing consultancy Pure Awards Creative in Chesterfield.  Lucinda works closely with the CHAD to assist business owners and marketing teams prepare for this year’s Chad Business Awards.  Not only is this expert help available but workshop attendees will also benefit from her services such as the Critique at a reduced rate.  Find out more about this workshop.

Deadline for submitting an application is 5pm on Thursday 27th September 2018.  The awards dinner itself will be held on 29 NovemberFind out more about the CHAD business awards.

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 business awards

Unfortunately you have missed the opportunity to apply for these hotly contested awards this year.  The awards ceremony took place on Friday 20 April.  But, don’t despair, these are annual awards so there will be another opportunity next year.  In the meantime, you might want to find out more about this year’s winners.  Indeed, their success stories may well help to inspire you.

The winners are as follows:

Find out more about the 2020 business awards.

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