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Apprentice of the Year

An apprentice is defined as a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period.

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Business Chameleon

Chameleons are known for how they adapt to their environment and this year has seen more business chameleons than ever before. Have you had to adapt to changes due to the Coronavirus outbreak? Have you diversified to offer new products and services? Perhaps you have changed your business model or taken your business online. Have…

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Best Enterprising Business

Winners in this category won’t be standing still and doing the same old things, they’ll be moving and shaking, leading in their markets. In terms of this category, enterprise can be defined as showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.

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Business Innovation

Innovation in your business means doing something new, different, smarter or better that will make a positive difference. Innovation therefore ranges from implementing a time-saving office procedure to a brand new product.

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Best New Business

You’ve come into business in the last 2 years (start date on or after the 1st January 2020) with a bang and are really getting noticed for what you do. Tell us what makes you the best of a great new crop.

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Business of the Year less than 50 Employees

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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Business of the Year more than 50 Employees

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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Business Person of the Year

This award will go to a business person or entrepreneur who shows outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.​ Our judges will be looking for entrepreneurial skills and evidence of how they have seen opportunities and are striving in their business.​

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Business Woman of the Year

This award will be presented to the best female owned business or female who has had a positive impact on a business. They will show how they have exceptional drive to succeed. How have you been integral to making the business or businesses a success.

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Chamber of Conscience Award

In a world where different isn’t deemed as ‘normal’, The Chamber of Conscience strive to challenge the perceptions and drive change in our business community. “There is no such thing as normal!” Our network of goodwill encourages businesses to think outside the box and give something back. This award recognises those businesses that are Disability Confident, Inclusive, Divisive and promote Equality. Those that are flexible in their approach to employment and actively support their staff and local community initiatives.

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Community Business of the Year

This category celebrates both Community Businesses and Not for Profit Organisations. What these businesses have in common is that their focus is on positively benefitting society. All profit from a community business is reinvested in the local area and all profit from a charitable organisation goes to fulfilling their objectives.​

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Corporate Social Responsibility Award

This award recognises businesses prioritising their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices and demonstrating a commitment to change.

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Creative and Entertainment Organisation of the Year

Creative individuals and businesses can make the world a brighter place. Bringing entertainment, laughter and innovation to light. This award highlights creative organisations that think outside of the box in the arts community, do things differently, encourage and promote emerging local talent, and have an active role in the community.

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Digital Business of the Year

Technology continues to transform the way we do business and is being used more than ever before. In a period where the world has undergone many changes, not only has technology taken the spotlight in providing efficient and comprehensive solutions, but companies have had to re-evaluate their approach to their daily business and their overall strategy. In this landscape, innovative agencies and individuals have used technology to stand out from the crowd. Our judges are looking for the digital agency that has created a variety of opportunities to help traditional business flourish in the digital creative world.

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Employer of the Year

Our criterion to win the award is simple – tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business.

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Family Business of the Year

The winners of Family Business of the Year will be combining their passion in business with their shared family values. Your business may have been passed down to you or you have started a business to pass on to your children in the future. The judges will be looking at how you can grow you business while still keeping your core family values at the centre of everything you do.

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High Growth Business of the Year

High growth firms are referred to as ‘gazelles’ for the way they are racing ahead, contributing massively to employment growth. Our judges want to know about your achievements and plans for even more success

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Service Excellence

The winner of this category will give outstanding assistance and advice to those who buy or use the business or organisation’s products or services. They will be able to provide customer testimonials to back up their submission.

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Sustainability Award

Being “green” and “sustainable”  in business terms means reducing or removing the harmful impact that products and/or services have on the environment.

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Watford Business of the Year

The winners of the Watford Business of the Year will be exceptional across all aspects of running a successful SME. Considering the enormous wealth of commercially focused talent across the town, the judges will be expecting a wide range of exceptional entries. The winners will stand out even in this talented crop of entries.

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Young Business Person of the Year

For business people aged 30 or less (by 1st January 2022) who have demonstrated a high degree of entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future. The judges will be looking to identify an individual who has set up a business or has had a significant influence in the business, that has set and achieved objectives.

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Best Customer Service – Public Vote

Customer service is an ongoing process. The winning business will ensure it exceeds customers expectations before, during and after any sale, building long-term customer relationships and providing a service that is consistently outstanding.

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