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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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Best New Business

You’ve come into business in the last 2 years (start date on or after the 1st January 2019) 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 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 you had a complete career change? We want to hear your lockdown success stories.

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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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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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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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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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Lockdown Leader

Being a leader of people and an organisation is a difficult task at any time but steering a ship through a COVID storm requires someone to take charge, make decisions and provide clear direction. This award will go to someone who has kept his/her team motivated and informed despite everyone working from home, someone who has continued to inspire and show passion and optimism in exceptionally difficult circumstances. Who do you think has shown exceptional lockdown leadership skills?

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Micro Business of the Year

For businesses that operate with 1 – 9 Employees and a maximum of £2,000,000 Turnover. The judges will be looking for organisations that have shown that they can make a massive impact with a small & agile team, can show a track record of this and proof of strategy to continue doing so. We want to celebrate those that have grown through collaborating with other organisations to harness the power of community amongst other micro businesses to make massive impact. The Gold Winner of the Micro Business of the year will get 2 day’s of tailored consultancy with Shifties, (worth over £1500).

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

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Website of the Year

Irrespective of your size, your website says it all. It should look great, be really easy to navigate, showcase whatever it is you do but most importantly, it should engage the viewer and keep them on your site for as long as you need them.

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Young Business Person of the Year

For business people aged 30 or less (by 1st January 2021) 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 within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success. In addition to this judges will want to see an understanding of the relationship between your own development and the success of the business. The Gold Winner of the Young Business Person of the Year will get a free spot on one of the Shift Momentum Accelerator Programmes (worth £2500 + VAT).

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Positive Impact Award

In an everchanging world, we come across challenges in business that push companies to innovate and adapt their business for the good of the wider community. Have you changed the products or services you are producing to benefit a crisis or are lending your team to assist elsewhere? Our judges will not only be looking at how you plan to create a positive impact, but what you are currently doing or have done in the last 6 months to put this in place.

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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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Hair Salon/Barber of the Year

The winning business in this Category 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. Our Judges only want to know what you have done in the last 12 months that makes you worthy of the title.

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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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