Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards ‘ideal opportunity’ to show off excellence (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards ‘ideal opportunity’ to show off excellence
3:51pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 in News
A TOP business expert today urged East Lancashire enterprises to spread the word about their excellence by entering the area’s biggest awards.
“We have lots of really world-beating companies with world-class products but we don’t always know the sheer breadth of it and just what our neighbours down the road are doing,” said Mike Damms, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.
“The Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards are a great opportunity to showcase what is happening.
“The national mood now recognises that it is industry and manufacturing that is going to bring the country out of recession and that is ideal for East Lancashire.
“This is the perfect time to show we have some wonderful companies in this area,” he added. The 2012 Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards give individuals, and firms, the chance to be recognised for their successes in the past 12 months and climaxes with a spectacular awards ceremony at Ewood Park, Blackburn, on November 16.
There are 11 categories for enterprises of all sizes covering a wide range of business activity including manufacturing, export, environment, retailing, innovation and technology.
Sponsors this year are Blackburn College, Themis – the business training division for Burnley College, Blackburn with Darwen and Burnley borough councils, BAE Systems , international business experts Deloitte, Accrol Papers, legal firm Napthens and Hyndburn Enterprise Trust.
Hugh Bramwell, principal of Themis, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Environment Award at the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards.
“We have received national recognition for our environmental technologies and ensure that sustainability and renewable technologies play a key part in business operations and the courses offered to employers.
“We are looking forward to rewarding one local company for the contribution they are making to improve sustainability in the region.”
Entry is free and businesses can enter as many categories as they wish. Forms, which must be returned by September 10, can be downloaded at www. lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/business/business_awards/ or by emailing businessawards@ lancashire.newsquest.co.uk.
This year's 11 Business Award categories:
Business of the Year Sponsored by BAE Systems
The premier award in East Lancashire’s business year. Open to any business that can demonstrate a successful track record of excellence and achievement. We are looking for firms of any size, working in any commercial or industrial sector.
Deal of the Year Sponsored by Deloitte
We are looking for the crucial ‘big deal’ that promises transform a business. It could include a company purchase or arranging a management buy-out or buy-in. Other 'deals' could be important moves or the launch of a new product/s aimed at securing the future of a business in these troubled economic times. Equally a listing on the Stock Exchange, relocation, expansion or pulling off a great sales deal could make you a winner.
Team of the Year Sponsored by Napthens
This award is every business’s opportunity to put forward a team of people who have really made a difference. Their impact might have been an ability to bring new solutions to an old problem and benefit the way a business works or a fantastic performance in production, sales or another discipline. Equally it might be a group, or complete workforce, who have brought a new meaning to the term Customer Service or whose attitude and example stimulates others. In brief it’s your chance as a company to put your heroes into the spotlight they deserve.
Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Hyndburn Enterprise Trust
Launching your own business requires a whole range of skills and qualities and this award is designed to recognise and celebrate them. You might be a manufacturer establishing a market or a business providing a service. We are looking for small businesses successfully overcoming the various hurdles all such enterprises face to establish themselves firmly in any sector.
Training and Development Sponsored by Blackburn College
Good quality training is the key to success for any business. Employees who know what to do, and the safest and most efficient ways to do it, are the cornerstone of a successful enterprise. This award recognises companies which are committed to recruiting local people from a variety of backgrounds, overcoming inequality and developing and supporting their workforce.
Innovation and Technology
To reward a pioneering business which has designed and introduced an innovative product, process or scheme to become a leader in its particular field or innovative technology to stay ahead of the competition. Applications will be accepted from all kinds of enterprises whether large hi-tech companies or small independent firms. Businesses will have to demonstrate how innovation and technology has changed their fortunes.
Environment Sponsored by Themis – the business training division for Burnley College
This category is for any company that has introduced the manufacture/invention of goods/services that have already, or will in the future, result in a genuine improvement to the environment or have, by a series of measures, made a real difference to the local or national environment. Alternatively it could be a company that has 'gone green' by introducing systems or initiatives within its own business that demonstrate it is truly environmentally aware.
Manufacturing Sponsored by Accrol Papers
Manufacturing is the backbone of East Lancashire’s business economy in terms of creating wealth and providing employment. This new award recognises companies of any size which use skill to turn raw materials into products and then either successfully bring them to market or secure contracts to supply them as components to larger manufacturers. The type of business and items produced do not matter. What is important is innovation, inspired design, quality, production efficiency, sales flair – and all the other skills needed to be a manufacturing winner.
Export Sponsored by Burnley Borough Council
In our ‘global village’ the export of goods, expertise and services is vital for our whole economy. This award recognises the success and enterprise of East Lancashire firms of all shapes and sizes in finding new markets around the world or reinvigorating old ones and pulling out all the stops to do business within them.
High Street Retailer Sponsored by Blackburn with Darwen Council
With the national focus on supporting the high street and town centres and the recent Mary Portas recommendations , this year the award focuses on high street retailers. Likely candidates might be specialist retailers who have found success by selling through shops, stores, market stalls or other outlets. They will have successfully claimed their place on the high street by selling customers what they want, when and how they want it. Whether you have a distinctive product range, offer excellent value and it goes without saying, deliver fantastic customer service, then we want to hear from you.
Social and Community
This award is all about positive action, either by businesses putting something back into the communities in which they operate or enterprises in which the bottom line isn’t the driving factor but which carry out work to benefit individuals in East Lancashire. It is open to charities and all kinds of social enterprises as well as conventional companies. The latter might have allowed community organisations, schools or charities to use the resources of the business or given them ideas, advice, money or expertise.
HOW TO ENTER
Entry forms for the Lancashire Telegraph 2012 Business Awards can be downloaded from http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/business/business_awards/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Entries must be returned by email or posted to Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards, Editorial, Newspaper House, High Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 1HT to arrive no later than Monday, September 10. Further details can also be obtained by phoning 01254 298381 or 298220.
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