EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS: Search begins to find district's top companies and entrepreneurs

PUBLISHED: 14:56 16 May 2013

Ely Business Awards 2012, Business of the year. Winner Quotient Bioresearch.

Ely Business Awards 2012, Business of the year. Winner Quotient Bioresearch.

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OUR search for the best in enterprise starts again as we launch the 2013 Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards.

THE CATEGORIES

BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY (sponsored by N&C Glass)

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) (sponsored by Grovemere Property)

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 (sponsored by Ward Gethin Archer)

For businesses operating with 11-250 employees (excluding casual staff).

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Quotient Bio Analytical Sciences)

Open to any company of any size, including sole traders, that has been set up since January 1, 2012 (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

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

Nominees should show evidence of exceptional business vision and performance.

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (not directly entered)

The winner of winners – chosen by the judges.

It is the fifth 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. All of the categories are highlighted in the panel on this page.

Some of the most keenly contested awards from previous years return, including Business Person of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Medium Business of the Year and New Business of the Year.

A new category in this year’s competition 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.

Our hunt for East Cambridgeshire’s business stars of the future continues with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, while the companies that use the internet to the maximum of its capability will be recognised by the Website of the Year award.

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, and in 2011 and 2012 by Quotient Bioresearch of Fordham.

The awards are run in association with N&C Glass, which also sponsors the new Business in the Community Award.

Category sponsors for 2013 include East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cheffins, Ward Gethin Archer, Quotient Bio Analysis Sciences and Grovemere Property.

Businesses and individuals shortlisted in the categories in the panel on this page will be invited to the awards dinner, which will take place on Friday, October 4.

• Entry forms are available on the awards website, www.elybusinessawards.co.uk – the closing date is July 5.

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