Observer & Gazette Business Awards 2014
Start Date : April 4, 2014
Our headline sponsor for the event is University of Chichester.
IT’S that time again – get ready to nominate your favourite businesses for one of our prestigious awards. The Observer and Gazette business awards is all about celebrating the very best in business in the Chichester, Midhurst & Petworth, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and surrounding areas and getting the recognition you deserve from your local newspaper and its readers. Whether you run a hair salon, a decorating firm or you employ a team of 100, we have an award to suit every kind of firm.
This year, many of our categories are the same, with our Start-up and Going Green categories for example. But we have added a new category – Young Achiever – for those young entrepreneurs or fantastic employees that deserve recognition for their work.
Business Personality is still in our line-up of awards, which attracts those larger-than-life characters who are storming the business world. And to top it all off, we’ll put on a glittering awards ceremony next year, where the winners are announced, and celebrations begin.
Don’t miss out on your chance to vote for your business, because you never know, it just might be named an Observer and Gazette business of the year.
The Observer and Gazette Business awards, in association with Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are set to be bigger and better than ever.
Entries will feature an enhanced total of 19 categories spanning from Small Business (up to 10 employees), through to the Lifetime Achievement winner.
Building up across the next few months, the awards culminate in a glitzy black-tie ceremony which will be held at the Avisford Park Hilton Hotel on Friday, April 4th 2014.
Meridian’s Fred Dinenage is set to host the night, which has previously proved a highlight of the business calendar and a great opportunity to highlight our area’s business successes. There will also be a significant number of corporate sponsorship opportunities for each category, which has already drawn interest from companies across the area (see contact below).
As ever, we are expecting a strong response from residents and companies across our readership.
The event is a chance for your business to receive the recognition it deserves and to acknowledge the efforts of your employees and colleagues. It is also a time to relax and enjoy an excellent black tie event and to be entertained by a celebrity compere.
Our headline sponsor for the event is University of Chichester.
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Special guest speaker: Phil Packer MBE
MA(Ed) FRSA - Founder & Non-Paid CEO British Inspiration Trust
“I feel honoured to have been asked to speak at the Chichester Observer Business Awards in association with the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Exploring innovative and visionary ways of working together within West Sussex is vital to ensure the sustainability and success of both businesses and charities. I look forward to giving my support to the event and meeting all those businesses supporting the awards as well as those who are being recognised for their success this year”. Phil Packer MBE
On 19th February 2008 when Phil was injured on operational duty he sustained injuries to his heart, his ribs and catastrophic damage to his spinal cord. Just over a year later he embarked on three physical challenges within a six month period that would inspire millions. He rowed the English Channel, completed the London Marathon on crutches over 14 days and hauled himself up the sheer rock face of El Capitan, completing over 4250 pull-ups in 4 days. His efforts raised over £1.3million for the wounded...
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Voting and nominations are now closed. Thank you for your participation
The winner of this award will have shown determination, drive and passion to start and grow a successful business during tough financial times. The winner will have also demonstrated their vision to succeed and overcome many obstacles along the way.
Small Business (up to 10)
This award is open to all businesses with less than 10 employees that can demonstrate exceptional performance, growth and market leadership.
Medium Business (11-49)
We are looking for smaller businesses which compete with the ‘big boys’ in every way – except size. The winner will need to demonstrate a good team spirit among the employees and a strong customer service ethos.
Large Business (50+)
The winner will have a well-deserved excellent reputation in the community, a record of innovative measures to enhance employee relations and demonstrate a commitment to never fail to deliver on its promises and to meet – and exceed – customer expectations.
Overall Business of The Year
This prestigious award will be given by the judges to one of the winners from the business categories above. The company that carries off this award will be chosen on the basis of being the best business that has most impressed the judges that do the best for their clients, staff and community.
Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
An award to a local based business that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of tourism, leisure or hospitality activities.
Employer of the Year
An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention, with excellent training and who cares for their employees. The best company to work for!
Employee/Team of the Year
An award for an exceptional individual/team whose efforts and determination has made an exceptional contribution to a business resulting in a positive gain for the organisation
Young Achiever (age limit 28 years old)
By a young age, some people in business have made an indelible mark in their company in the local market, or in their trade on a national scale.
The winner will be someone who can demonstrate exceptional achievement or performance within their industry.
Training and Development
Training and employee development are the keys to business success. The winner of this category will have demonstrated real commitment to developing and motivating their workforce. This category is open to businesses which have an exemplary training programme for their employees, or training providers – whichever you are, the judges will be looking for evidence that your training programmes work!
Place to Eat
Restaurants, takeaways - all have a chance to be nominated in this category. We're looking for a worthy eatery providing great customer service from a quality environment with, of course, consistently fine food. Have fun making your choices!
An award for the retail business that can best demonstrate strong growth, an innovative approach to customer and employee relations together with creativity to enhance sales. This category is open to local independent retailers and to local units of national chains providing they can show how they have impacted on the local community and economy.
Manufacturing & Construction
An award to a company that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of manufacturing and/or construction.
An award for a business or organisation, irrespective of its size or sector, who can demonstrate environmental awareness and responsibility in all aspects of its work and output.
The winner – either a company or an individual - will demonstrate an exceptional ability to think outside the box, whether it is discovering better ways to work, discovering a ground-breaking product, or showing outstanding marketing abilities.
Outstanding businesses often require outstanding individuals with larger-than-life personalities who show drive, commitment and enthusiasm and never settle for second best, either with their products or in their relations with staﬀ and customers. We are looking for an individual who shows tremendous commitment and innovation, with outstanding leadership and vision and the drive to deliver.
Award for a company who exceeds customer expectations in its service. Customer service is an essential part of any successful business. This award aims to reward and recognise a company, individual, or team, for their outstanding achievement in providing exceptional customer service.
This is an award to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an unrivalled record of achievement in the area for many years, showing outstanding performance within their industry, a commitment towards their staff and who demands – and delivers - exceptional customer service.
Our panel of judges always find it a tough task selecting the winners. It’s impossible to please everyone and the standard of businesses entering is always exceptionally high. So the onus will be on you to vote for your No1 business from our selected shortlist.
Judging to take place on 5th March and the judges are:
Gary Shipton - Editor in Chief Observer series and Littlehampton Gazette
Sandra Coley - Head of Employer Engagement University of Chichester
Louise Hopkins - Chair – Chichester Chamber of Commerce
James Stoner - Managing Director - JSPC Computer Services Ltd
Robert Beasley - Manager at Spofforths LLP
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