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Chamber Business Awards

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Chamber Business Awards 2020 Statement 

We have made the decision to postpone our large-scale events until 2021. This includes the 2020 Chamber Business Awards (3 September). We all have a duty of care to each other and the wider public and with that in mind, we have deemed that it is not safe to hold large events this year in the way we normally would. We are sad that we won’t be able to celebrate and showcase your fantastic achievements of 19/20 but we feel that it would be more appropriate to spend this time on helping the business community to restart, recover and rebuild for the future.

We know you are busy focussing on the immediate year ahead and diversifying your business to meet the current challenges. Our businesses and our lives may be changed forever after this pandemic, but with any challenge, comes opportunities, fresh ideas, and welcomed change. Herefordshire & Worcestershire businesses are adaptable, resilient and above all, innovative. We can’t wait to see what you and your fellow businesses create through this period and will be by your side to celebrate this success with you in 2021 when the Chamber Business Awards return.

With regards to the process for entries; so far, we have received lots of applications which is amazing, but of course we do not want to pull these from the system and ask you to re start them next year, so we will be extending the deadline until Thursday 1 April 2021 meaning if you have started or submitted an entry this will be carried forward to the Chamber Business Awards 2021. 

 

If you have any questions please contact the Events Team by email awards@hwchamber.co.uk or call 01905 673600.

Entries for the 2021 Chamber Business Awards are NOW OPEN!

Entries for the Annual Chamber Business Awards are now open! The black tie ceremony with over 680 attendees will take place on Thursday 1st July 2021 at the Worcester Arena.

It is free to enter for Members and Non-members and the opportunities that come alongside entering an award are invaluable, including a great boost to staff morale, a powerful tool to raise your profile and a way to stand out against your competitors.

Entries close on Thursday 1 April 2021.

Winners 2019

A Flavour of our Awards

Previous winners

Categories for the 2021 Awards:

Best Use of Technology Sponsored by TechTeam

This award recognises organisations that have fully exploited the range of technology available to them to grow their business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to transform their business.

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

 

Employer of the Year Sponsored by University of Worcester

This award rewards organisations that demonstrate excellence in the promotion and implementation of a learning and development culture. In addition, this year we are looking for companies that can also demonstrate commitment to the health and wellbeing of their staff and have clear projects in place supporting their local area.

 

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

Excellence in Customer Service Sponsored by Air Products

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.

 

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

 

Excellence in Innovation Sponsored by Malvern Hills Science Park

This award celebrates innovative businesses that can successfully demonstrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in innovation.

 

Excellence in Professional Services Sponsored by Worcestershire County Council

This award will look at businesses that demonstrate excellence in the professional services sector, that can show evidence of strong financial performance, excellent customer services and can identify what sets them apart from their competitors.

Exporter of the Year Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity.

 

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace Sponsored by Cargill Protein Europe

This award recognises that the health and wellbeing of your employees is embedded in your businesses culture, that the activities that your organisation undertakes to promote and encourage the positive health and wellbeing of your staff, and the impact of this on your employees and the wider business.

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

High Growth Business of the Year Sponsored by EBC Group

This 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.

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

Manufacturer of the Year Sponsored by OGL Computers

Awarded to a business that has excelled in this sector, covering all aspects of the manufacturing process including product design, testing, development, marketing, sales and overall business performance.

 

Micro Business of the Year Sponsored by Worcestershire Business Central

This award celebrates micro businesses punching above their weight for businesses with 10 staff or less. Judges will be looking for businesses that have demonstrated strong revenue growth and a product or service of a quality that stands above competitors.

Most Promising New Business Sponsored by mfg Solicitors LLP

This category celebrates the best of new business in the two counties. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.​ Your business must be in its first 3 years to enter.

Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Orchard Valley Foods Limited

This award will go 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. To enter this award you must employ no more than 75 full time equivalent staff.

 

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

Family Business of the Year Sponsored by Harrison Clark Rickerbys

This award is open to businesses of all sizes, operating in any sector, that is family owned and run by two members of the family. Entrants will need to show how they are preparing the next generation of their family to ensure continued family ownership of the business. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate how the family businesses nature and values have contributed to success across the business.

 

This is a British Chamber of Commerce category.

Excellence in Sustainability Sponsored by Business Energy Efficiency Programme

The Chamber Is looking for beacons of good practice leading the way to a low carbon, resource efficient and low waste future. This award seeks to recognise any business who can demonstrate success in reducing their environmental impact either directly in their operations, in the supply chain or during product use. Examples might be; reducing energy usage, developing a new product or service that delivers environmental sustainability, working with customers or suppliers to eliminate non-recyclable packaging, introducing biodiversity or decarbonising your energy mix.

Commitment to the Community Sponsored by Sanctuary Group

This category is open to any organisation, irrespective of size or sector that can demonstrate its commitment to the community. The organisation must show evidence that it has schemes, initiatives and policies which have maximum positive impact on local communities. Judges will be looking for clear methods of evaluation, effects on financial performance and involvement of  staff and customers.

Business of the Year Sponsored by Folk2Folk

This award is presented to the winner of winners on the night.

The Process

Top Tips for Entering

Why Enter the Awards

Entries for the 2021 Chamber Business Awards are NOW OPEN!

2019 Winners

The winners of our Awards were automatically entered for their chance to win at the Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The Winners of the Regionals were then put through to the coveted National Chambers of Commerce Awards for their chance to take home the biggest award; Business Of The Year.

See below our winners who went on to be successful at regional and national level.

 

Employer of the Year

DRPG

Local Winners
Regional Winners

Small Business of the Year

Indra Renewable Technologies

Local Winners
Regional Winners
National Runners Up

Health and Wellbeing

Bishop Fleming

Local Winners
Regional Winners
National Winners

E-Commerce

OLPRO

Local Winners
Regional Winners
National Runners Up

High Growth Business

Malvern Panalytical

Local Winners
Regional Winners
National Runners Up

Family Business

arrangeMY

Local Winners
Regional Winners

Customer Commitment 

EMS

Local Winners
Regional Winners

Export Business

Level Peaks

Local Winners
Regional Winners

Business of the Year

Bishop Fleming

Regional Winners
National Winners

Why should you enter?

Improve staff morale

Show your employees how much you value their hard work and accomplishments! The buzz of winning an award can be a big motivator.

Grow your network

The Chamber Business Awards evening is a great place to build relationships with other organisations from the two counties and discover new opportunities to explore in the year ahead.

Gain exposure for your business

A powerful tool to raise your profile, make an impression for your business throughout the Herefordshire & Worcestershire community.

Stand out from the crowd

Winning a Chamber Award helps your company to stand out from the crowd. Give your business the opportunity to stand out against your competitors by having recognised acknowledgement.

Opportunities Regionally and Nationally

Finalists in the Britsh Chamber of Commerce aligned awards categories are put forward for the chance to become Regional and or National Winners.

FREE & easy to enter

Enter for free as a Member or Non-member, broaden your chances by entering into more than one category.

Winning this award for best use of technology is hugely important for kinetic six and our clients. To have the UK industries finest recognise our hard work and tenacity in areas that we are so passionate about is absolutely incredible. It provides a whole new level of evidence when conversing with potential clients both in the UK and internationally, where a lot of our work is based.
Being a finalist or winning a category encourages us to continually develop to be the best, ensuring we are moving forward as rapidly as technology is advancing, which is certainly no easy feat. It is an absolute honour to have the support of the industry in the form of an award and we hope to be back next year

Shaun Leavy

CEO & Founder , Kinetic 6

We were absolutely thrilled to win Excellence in Customer Service 2018; this was a great achievement and testament to the hard work our team put in over the last few years. The pride of winning great for motivation and morale of the team.

Jennifer Semini

Managing Director , ISO Quality Services

It was a great privilege to win the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce award for Employer of the Year. The accolade has enabled us to promote the charity to a wider audience, which has attracted extensive news coverage, further corporate partnership support, and high calibre candidates during a recent recruitment process.

Angela Watkins

Director of Business Support, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

We work really hard to ensure great Social Media output and so I’m incredibly proud of the team for achieving this fantastic award and I’d like to thank the British Chamber of Commerce and our own Chamber in Worcestershire and Herefordshire for recognising the work we do. It’s a great boost for the team to be recognised and it’s been a great experience to both receive the rewards and to get the recognition.

 

Daniel Walton

Managing Director , OLPRO

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