The application process is now open for the 2017 East Renfrewshire Business Awards! Now in their 6th year, the awards celebrate the success and achievements of East Renfrewshire businesses and are great opportunity to promote your company.
The awards are free to enter and any business in East Renfrewshire can apply for up to 3 categories. Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on Thursday 8th June 2017 at the Busby Hotel. Back by popular demand is host Karen Dunbar.
The closing date for all entries is 5pm Friday 21st April 2017.
This year's categories are:
Developing East Renfrewshire's Young Workforce Award – Sponsored by Taylor Wimpey
This category is open to any organisation irrespective of size or industry sector that has successfully implemented initiatives that have created training and employment opportunities for young people.
This may be achieved through apprenticeships, partnerships with schools or colleges or similar initiatives that have led to the sustainable training and employment of young people.
Judges will be looking for evidence of a long term commitment to providing training, mentoring and employing young people as an important part of their workforce. This category will showcase the dedication and commitment of the business to securing a highly skilled young workforce. Companies should demonstrate a proven commitment to continued personal development of their young workforce and explain how this has contributed to the business and provided added value.
Family Business Award – Sponsored by CALA Homes
This award is open to all family businesses in the East Renfrewshire area. The most successful family firms find a good balance between the needs of the business, the owners, and the dynamics of the family.
For this category judges will look for evidence of professional management and responsible ownership. Diplomacy and communication skills need to be demonstrated, while ensuring that growth, development and strategic ambitions continue to be met.
Excellence in Customer Service Award – Sponsored by the Avenue Shopping Centre
The Excellence in Customer Service Award has been designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and achievement within the field of customer care and service. Entrants will demonstrate excellence through their customer service objectives and strategy, business performance, customer care activities, staff development plans and show how this has driven business growth.
Most Promising New Business Award – Sponsored by Barrhead Travel
This award is for businesses less than three years old that demonstrate a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future, with the potential for further growth and expansion in turnover, profit and employment levels.
Successful businesses will clearly articulate the business idea and start up process, giving evidence of a well-researched business plan and forecasts for business performance.
If possible, the business should be offering something new to the marketplace and the management style should be entrepreneurial and ambitious. Applicants should present a well-defined vision for the future showing how the business is building towards an enterprise of considerable potential, ideally through evidence of sales, profits and employment achieved to date.
Excellence in Innovation Award – Sponsored by George Leslie Ltd
The Excellence in Innovation award recognises organisations that have turned ideas into new or improved products, processes, or services in the last three years. Judges are looking for each stage of the process from idea generation, development, design, creation and launch. The judges will be looking for evidence of:
The business strategy and culture for encouraging and developing new and/or improved products, processes and services
The new and/or improved products, processes, or services developed and / or launched in the last three years
Explanation of the market opportunity and commercial results
Community Impact Award – Sponsored by East Renfrewshire Council
This award is open to all organisations, including Social Enterprises from all sectors. It recognises organisations that seek to enhance the social or environmental opportunities for the people who live in the local communities in which the organisation operates.
Community Impact may be achieved through the organisation's mission or purpose, or through wider initiatives outwith the core business that promote community development, staff volunteering, on-site childcare provision, community access to its facilities or green campaigns to improve the environment. Consideration will be given to how the initiatives are co-ordinated, delivered, recorded, promoted, and the resulting impact they have on the community.
East Renfrewshire's Best Business Award (10 employees or less) – Sponsored by Business Gateway
This award is intended to highlight successful businesses in the East Renfrewshire Area employing 10 full time employees or less and including homeworkers. They will be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, employment, innovative marketing and communications. Entrants will be able to demonstrate a strong sales focus. Staff personal development and total involvement of the workforce in the growth of the business is also important. The winner will demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics with dynamic and measurable systems in place to monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.
East Renfrewshire's Best Business Award (11 employees or more) – Sponsored by Miller Homes
This award is intended to highlight successful businesses in the East Renfrewshire Area employing 11 full time employees or more. They will be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, employment, innovative marketing and communications. Entrants will be able to demonstrate a strong sales focus. Staff personal development and total involvement of the workforce in the growth of the business is also important. The winner will demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics with dynamic and measurable systems in place to monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.
To request an application form please email the awards team on email@example.com detailing which categories you wish to enter or call 0141 887 6181 for more information.