Community Business Awards Categories

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2024 Community Business Awards Categories

Find out about this year’s Community Business Awards Categories and the judges’ criteria when selecting finalists for each category. Click below to discover more and make sure to submit your 2024 nominations before 12 July 2024.

Community Business Awards Categories

This category is open to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional performance and initiative and is regarded as a future business leader. They could be an apprentice who has gone above and beyond the duties of their role, or someone who has shown creativity, resilience, or flair to become an integral part of the business. Fundamentally, this person will have had a demonstrable and positive impact on the business and their colleagues. It could also be an individual who has set up a business and can demonstrate a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future.

To demonstrate that a candidate is the winning Rising Star, entrants should provide evidence and examples showcasing their exceptional performance, initiative, and potential as a future business leader.

  • Achievement Examples – Highlight specific achievements and accomplishments that demonstrate their exceptional performance and initiative. This could include projects they’ve led, goals they’ve exceeded, or challenges they’ve overcome.
  • Impact on Business and Colleagues – Provide concrete evidence of the positive impact they’ve had on the business and their colleagues. This could be in the form of increased productivity, improved team morale, or positive feedback from peers and supervisors.
  • Creativity and Innovation – Showcase instances where they’ve demonstrated creativity, resilience, or flair in their work. This could include innovative solutions they’ve implemented, new ideas they’ve brought to the table, or creative approaches to problem-solving.
  • Entrepreneurship and Vision – If applicable, demonstrate their entrepreneurial spirit and vision for the future. This could include examples of how they’ve taken initiative to drive business growth, identify new opportunities, or set up their own successful ventures.
  • Testimonials and Recommendations – Provide testimonials or recommendations from colleagues, supervisors, or clients that speak to their qualities as a rising star. These endorsements can help validate their achievements and potential.

This category recognises any business or organisation that is proactively taking steps to enhance their ESG products and credentials. It is open to businesses who can demonstrate how they have successfully enacted ESG policies and evolved their overall strategy to support the green economy and tackle environmental and climate risks. They should be able to provide a clear explanation of the company’s ESG strategy and activities, evidence of how effective the strategy has proven, and an insight into how these practices have helped to drive greener business practices.

To demonstrate that a winning candidate for the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Award, entrants should provide comprehensive evidence of their commitment to enhancing ESG products and credentials.

  • Clear ESG Strategy – Clearly outline the company’s ESG strategy, including specific goals, targets, and initiatives related to environmental, social, and governance issues. This should include details on how the strategy aligns with the company’s overall mission and values.
  • Successful Implementation – Provide evidence of how the ESG policies and initiatives have been successfully implemented within the business. This could include metrics, key performance indicators (KPIs), and benchmarks used to track progress and measure success.
  • Impact Assessment – Demonstrate the effectiveness of the ESG strategy by showcasing measurable results and outcomes. This could include reductions in carbon emissions, improvements in employee diversity and inclusion, or enhancements in corporate governance practices.
  • Integration of ESG into Overall Strategy – Illustrate how the business has evolved its overall strategy to support the green economy and address environmental and climate risks. This could involve integrating ESG considerations into decision-making processes, product development, supply chain management, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Innovation and Best Practices – Highlight any innovative approaches or best practices employed to drive greener business practices and enhance ESG credentials. This could include technological innovations, partnerships with sustainability-focused organisations, or community engagement initiatives.
  • Transparency and Reporting – Emphasise the company’s commitment to transparency and reporting on ESG performance. This could include the publication of annual sustainability reports, participation in industry sustainability benchmarks, or engagement with stakeholders on ESG-related issues.

This Community Business Award recognises employees, entrepreneurs and businesses who consistently deliver outstanding customer service and can demonstrate that meeting the customer’s needs is a priority throughout its entire business. The award is also open to for-profit and not for-profit / charitable organisations and individuals. Nominations are welcomed from retail or hospitality and from anyone who has displayed the highest level of customer service and care.

Judges will be looking for the following:

  • A company which can demonstrate success in customer service
  • Client surveys or feedback forms
  • Evidence of entrants listening and responding to customers’ needs to gain a thorough understanding of their customer base
  • Initiatives introduced to integrate customers into all aspects of the business
  • How the business contributes to the local community
  • How excellent customer service will help future growth

This category will be given to a business started since 1 May 2021 and can evidence outstanding performance and future projections. Nominees must be able to demonstrate how their business has progressed in line with their business plan. Success will be proven by the business having a clear understanding of its products, competitors and the marketplace it serves and the use of sound business techniques, innovation and entrepreneurialism.

The key areas for consideration are:

  • How has your business performed against your business plan?
  • What sets you apart from your competitors?
  • What goals do you have for the next three years?

This category is open to businesses with 50 or less employees who can demonstrate high levels of growth and a robust plan for sustainable financial performance.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation and ambition
  • Potential for growth
  • Evidence of the business’s commitment to its staff

This category is open to businesses with more than 50 employees who can demonstrate high levels of growth and a robust plan for sustainable financial performance.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation and ambition
  • Potential for growth
  • Evidence of the business’s commitment to its staff

This Award is in recognition of the key role that a business leader (director/partner or equivalent level position) or leadership team plays within an organisation. It includes the vision, culture, performance, corporate governance, and leadership and CSR achievements of the organisation.

The key areas for consideration are:

  • What is the leader’s/leadership team’s vision for the company over the next 3-5 years and how do they intend to drive their business forward?
  • What do they feel are the greatest challenges they face and how do they plan to address these challenges?
  • How do they work with their people in their organisations and what is their approach to company culture, staff training and welfare?
  • What do they consider to be their greatest achievement over the last two years?
  • What are they involved with on a personal basis such as local trade organisations, professional bodies, communities or charities to help shape local industry?
  • How does their organisation interact with the society in which they operate?
  • How have they contributed to the success, growth and profitability of their organisation?

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