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Friday, April 4, 2014
Our search for the best in enterprise starts again as we launch the 2014 Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards.
BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY (sponsored by Advanced Aircraft Training)
This award is designed to recognise contribution to local communities without the expectation of direct commercial benefit.
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Chefﬁns)
Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employers or colleagues. The judges will be looking for a business owner, manager or employee who has made an outstanding contribution to the success or survival of the company.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by East Cambridgeshire District Council)
Staff are the most important asset of any business. This category will find businesses that demonstrate strong commitment to staff and assess how employees benefit the business.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (including Self-Employed)
Open to any business employing 10 people or fewer. The judges will be looking for performance against a business plan and proven success in adapting to market movements.
MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
For businesses operating with 11-250 employees (excluding casual staff).
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (sponsored by LGC)
Open to any company of any size, including sole traders, that has been set up since January 1, 2013 (it does not have to be VAT registered).
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
The ability to sell is vital. This category will focus on sales performance and the relationship between the business and the consumer.
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD (sponsored by JDR Cables)
For any business that has outstanding customer service, backed up by nominations from the public.
WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Open to businesses using this modern medium to promote and enhance their business.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (sponsored by N&C Glass)
Nominees should show evidence of exceptional business vision and performance.
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (not directly entered) (sponsored by Whiting & Partners)
The winner of winners – chosen by the judges.
It is the sixth year of the awards and we are looking to build further on their massive success.
This year we have 11 awards up for grabs, 10 of which are open for entries.
They will identify East Cambridgeshire’s best small and medium businesses, the most innovative website and the entrepreneurs of the future.
A category also returning is the Business in the Community Award, which will recognise businesses that contribute to the communities in which they are based without the expectation of direct commercial benefit.
All of the categories are highlighted in the panel on this page.
A ‘winner of winners’ will be chosen from the 10 category winners for the grand title of Business of the Year.
The award was won in 2009 by Blue Donkey of Ely, in 2010 by G’s Marketing of Barway, in 2011 and 2012 by Quotient Bioresearch of Fordham and last year by PA Answer of Ely.
The awards are run in association with N&C Glass, which also sponsors the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Category sponsors for 2013 include East Cambridgeshire District Council, Whiting & Partners, Cheffins, LGC (formerly Quotient), JDR Cables and Advanced Aircraft Training.
Businesses and individuals shortlisted in the categories will be invited to the awards dinner, which will take place on Friday, October 3.