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Business Awards

Brand Yorkshire Business Awards

5th December 2018

The Village Hotel, North Leeds

Enter for our first ever Brand Yorkshire Business Awards ceremony where you’ll have the chance to win awards varying from ‘Best new business of the year’ to ‘Young business owner of the year’. This is the perfect opportunity to get recognised for the extensive work you do and truly showcase your business to our 50,000 contacts at Brand Yorkshire.

The categories:

Best new business (trading for less than two years)

This company will be able to demonstrate they have a concept or product people want to buy, have a clear way of explaining what that is and are on the road to running a successful and sustainable business.

Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future.

Best micro business (no more than 9 employees)

Just because yours is the smallest of businesses doesn’t mean it can’t compete. A clear offering and a well-defined set of potential customers will have led this business to great success in its chosen market, demonstrated by more than just profit, but also customer feedback.

Convince the judges that your micro business model isn’t holding you back, but is actually the thing that’s keeping you competitive! Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future.

Best small business (no more than 50 employees)

A clear offering and a well-defined set of potential customers will have led this business to great success in its chosen market, demonstrated by more than just profit, but also customer feedback. Maybe you work with some really big names, or perhaps you’ve carved out a niche that no one else can compete within.

Help the judges understand what’s unique about your business and why it deserves to be a winner. Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future.

Innovation

The winner of this category will have come up with an idea or product which could change their whole business, even their sector, using innovation as their route to success. Maybe you have moved from exchanging time for money into a passive income model. Perhaps you have totally reshaped the business based on a changing market. You could have invented something which will revolutionise your sector.

Whatever your innovation, tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future.

Young business owner (30 and under)

With starting a business increasingly a realistic career choice for young people, this award recognises the most dynamic young business owner. You are likely to be ambitious as well as eager to learn and have a big vision for your business.

Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future.

Property & construction – small business

With a team of less than 50, this property or construction business will be delivering huge value to its clients, giving service worthy of large firms, but all done with a small team. Just because your company is small doesn’t have to mean your projects are too. Show the judges the scale of your ambition and talents by telling us about the show-stopping projects you have delivered.

Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future. Feel free to include an appendix of photos of your projects.

Property & construction – medium business

Employing more than 50 but less than 250 people, the winner of this category will give large firms a run for their money with its cutting edge design, brilliant service and highest quality of delivery. Whether residential or commercial, the only limit for how far this firm will go is the client’s budget. We’re expecting to see innovative solutions, top-notch design and the highest of quality finishes.

Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future. Feel free to include an appendix of photos of your projects.

Charity of the year

Winner of this category will be the charity that has made the biggest difference within their Yorkshire community and can provide significant evidence of this. Though you may be a nationwide charity, as long as you have a head office in Yorkshire, you are still able to submit an entry.

Out of their league

99% of UK businesses are SMEs. The winner of this category will be a micro/small business (less than 50 employees) working for much larger customers, proving that small businesses area a critical part of the supply chain and need to be valued.

Wow the judges with the big names you work with and help them understand what makes you the supplier of choice for those firms. How did you secure the business? And how have you built on those successes to create a sustainable business? Tell us about how and why the business was started, your vision, the success you’ve had so far (financial or otherwise) and your plans for the future.

Judging matrix:

One point – Gives little or no factual information about the business to support the entry. Doesn’t explain much about the business in relation to the criteria

Two points – Small amounts of evidence or metrics that could be easily challenged. No independent/verifiable evidence. Only a small amount of information about the business in relation to the criteria

Three points – Gives decent information in relation to the criteria. Attempts to demonstrate a business case supported by limited amount of evidence/metrics

Four points – A clear pitch in relation to the criteria supported by good evidence/metrics

Five points – A show-stopping story clearly linked to the criteria, supported by independent/verifiable qualitative and quantitative evidence

To apply:

Your entry should be no longer than 1000 words, which must discuss how the business began, information about its success to date and why it should win the award category it has been submitted in.

Judges will expect to see numbers to support assertions made in the entries.

It is free to enter. Submissions close on the 31st of August so getting your applications to us sooner rather than later is especially important. Please email your submissions to enquiries@brandyorkshire.com

Strictly for Yorkshire based businesses only, you may be up against some of your local competitors – even more reason to apply!

All finalists must pay for their tickets for the awards night alongside the minimum ticket purchases per category, this is to ensure we have maximum capacity at the venue and there is little chance of non-attendees.

Ticket prices:

Single: £65

Five: £295

Ten: £495

Tickets include 3-course dinner, plus a reception drink.

Minimum ticket sales vary per category:

Best New Business – Minimum two tickets

Best Micro Business, Best Small Business, Innovation, Charity of the Year, Young Business Owner and Property & Construction Small Business – Minimum five tickets per each category

Property & Construction Medium Business – Minimum ten tickets

*Money raised from this event will contribute to the development of a school at Hemsworth Miners Welfare to help disadvantaged and disenfranchised children.

For more information, please contact:

Richard on 07748117979, richard@cigroup.cc

Mona on 07748117977, mona@brandyorkshire.com

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