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Business of the Year

This award is not directly entered but chosen by the judges from the winners.

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The Judges’ Award

This award is not directly entered or necessarily a category winner but is chosen from the finalists. This award is to recognise an individual or company that the Judges feel shows great potential for 2018/19 and is “One to watch”.

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Apprentice of the Year

To be considered for this category the applicants will need to demonstrate how they have exceeded expectations, how the apprenticeship has shaped their career, personal life, confidence and self-esteem and any obstacles the person has had to overcome.

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New Business of the Year

This category is open to any company of any size, including sole traders that have been set up since January 1, 2017. It does not have to be registered for VAT.

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Employee of the Year

Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employers or colleagues. The judges will be looking for an outstanding contribution not only to the organisation and its success, but also to colleagues’ welfare and enhancing the working environment and customer experience.

Business in the Community

Sponsored by Lemark

This award is designed to recognise significant achievement and major contribution to local communities without the expectation or direct commercial benefit.

Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by Leeds Day Solicitors

Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employers or colleagues. The judges will be looking for a business owner, manager who has made an outstanding contribution to the success or survival of the company.

Business Development Award

Sponsored by George Hay Chartered Accountants

Judges will reward businesses that can demonstrate a proven ability to improve performance or prospects through making the most of opportunities available.

Online Marketing Award

Sponsored by Huntingdonshire District Council

This category highlights the achievements of those who have embraced the opportunity to develop their business through the use of online tools. You should be able to demonstrate a good internet site and a strong, innovative online presence through social media, with examples of how this has improved or affected your business.

Training and Development Award

Sponsored by Alconbury Enterprise Campus

This award will recognise organisations or individuals who treat training and development of staff as a priority and provide it to a high standard.

Retailer of the Year (shop front and/or online)

Sponsored by Brown and Co

The ability to sell is vital whether you have a shop front and/or online. This category will focus on sales performance, plus how the relationship between the business and the consumer is developed.

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The Innovation Award

Entrants should show how they have introduced new ideas, techniques or technology into the organisation or marketplace or how creative ideas are being turned into business success stories.

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Luminus Group

Staff are the most important asset of any business. This category will find businesses which demonstrate strong commitment to staff and asses how employees benefit the business.

Small Business of the Year

Sponsored by St Ives Scaffolding

Open to any business within Huntingdonshire employing typically 10 people or fewer. Being a very small business is no bar to success in this category. The judges will be looking for performance against business plan and proven success in adapting to market movements.