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2017 Chamber Awards Categories

High Growth Business of the Year

The award is open to businesses of all sizes and recognises businesses that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate the highest levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

Download application High Growth Form 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• Significant growth and/or expansion
• Financial performance (turnover / profitability)
• Workforce / employment growth
• Plans for further growth, expansion & diversification
• Sustainability

Business Innovation of the Year

It’s awarded to a business that can successfully demonstrate innovations by doing something new to their business process or new to their industry.

Download application Business Innovation Form 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• Innovation & creative thinking (How does it differ from anything that has gone before?)
• Creating of a new business unit, product, process or services
• Bottom-line results based on this innovation
• Financial Performance to date
• Plans for further growth, expansion & diversification
• Sustainability
• How successful it is

Environmental Impact Award

This is an Award for any size company that has made changes to improve their environmental impact. This is an ideal platform to promote your efforts towards anything from, waste management, sustainable transport, energy consumption through to behavioural change.  We are also interested to hear about your responsible use of resources during production and service supply chain monitoring.

Download application Environmental Impact Form 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• Innovation and positive impact;  new thinking , new procedures , new technologies that make a meaningful contribution to immediate or long term environmental protection and sustainability
• Waste reduction
• Energy usage
• Processes
• How the business improve  / lessen their environmental impact

Commitment to Students & Graduate Engagement

This award honours the organisation that delivers on its recruitment promise and consistently meets graduate expectations, including fostering a graduates’ personal and professional development, and developing their employability and skills base.

Download application Student & Graduate engagement 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• How your strategy attracted the most suitable graduates
• Success against the goals set by the company
• Profile of the work being carried out by graduates within your business
• how the company communicated to their graduates throughout the project

Commitment to Youth Development

This award recognises a business that has been successful in engaging with, supporting, mentoring and motivating young people whilst at the same time providing them with skills to develop their own characteristics, values and habits.

Download application Youth Development form 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• Details of the project / initiatives
• Positive aspects of youth involvement and benefits
• Evidence to demonstrate outcomes delivered and any difference made

Business Ambassador of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has been actively engaged with the business community through the Mid & East Lothian Chamber network and support the work of the Chamber. 

Excellence in Customer Service

Recognising organisations with a focus on customer service and care, this award has been designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and commitment in the ever important area of customer service.

Download application Excellence in Customer Service 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• A robust customer service strategy and evidence of how this is implemented
• Evidence of a strong business performance
• How customer care is tied into staff development plans and how this has driven business growth.
• Public Vote

Business Start-Up of the Year  

This award recognises new start-up businesses, under two years old, that have translated an idea into a successful business venture.

Download application Business Start Up Form 2017

The Judges will be looking at:

• Market research including market size, customer profile and competitor analysis
• Initial foothold in the market
• How their marketing efforts result in new business
• Financial performance to date
• Plans for further growth, expansion & diversification
• Sustainability

SME of the Year

Awarded to organisations employing up to 50 full time members of staff, this award goes to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in.

Download application SME of the year 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors
• Strong managerial and financial performance
• Innovation
• Potential for growth
• Evidence of the businesses commitment to staff

Community Impact Award

This award is open to businesses that have made a significant positive impact within the community and to the lives of individuals within them.

Download application Community Impact 2017

The judges will be looking at:
• Programmes, events or projects with not-for profit social objectives
• An innovative approach to the way the enterprise operates
• Identification of market or end user
• Activities that stimulate interest in the arts, community engagement, encourage enterprise or raise aspirations



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