If you’ve gone anywhere near a TV, newspaper or computer in recent weeks, you’ll probably be aware that the film award season is upon us again. Whilst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the awards do serve as a helpful reminder that the deadline for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards is fast approaching.
The Chamber Business Awards
are a great way to recognise and celebrate the strength and breadth of businesses within the region. Although Kingspan Insulation is now a successful global enterprise, we understand that this success is built on the growth and innovation of local business units. As such, it is very important for us that our regional employee’s efforts are recognised and this is why we are regular entrants.
In 2016, we celebrated our 30th
year at the airfield industrial estate between Pembridge and Shobdon, where we have our main UK manufacturing site. We were delighted to be able to mark the occasion by taking home both the Excellence in Innovation award - for our latest iteration of our cutting-edge Kooltherm insulation products - and the overall Business of the Year award.
The entry process has seen some changes over the years but the online submission makes it pretty straightforward these days. The key is to be able to back-up any claims you make with some hard evidence. For example, when preparing last year’s Excellence in Innovation Award entry, we read the entry document carefully and then gathered detailed information from a range of sources including our technical and sales departments and our annual sustainability and responsibility reports.
If you’re struggling to find evidence for this year’s awards, then the questions in the entry documents may at least help to guide your future data gathering so you’re ready for next year’s awards.
The Chamber have asked if there are any tips I can give to prospective entrants. The best piece of advice I can give is: make sure you give yourself enough time to submit a strong entry. Gathering all the evidence together can take some time, particularly if the information you need comes from several different departments. Similarly, whilst it is technically possible to write a compelling entry in half an hour, it’s always a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time to proofread and to add more detail.
Good luck with your entry and hopefully I will see you at this year’s ceremony.