Awards Categories and Finalists 2018

The categories and finalists for the Northamptonshire Business Awards 2018 are listed below.

The winners in selected categories will go on to compete in the British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) regional business awards for the East Midlands, with winners from this progressing to the BCC’s national awards in November.

Entries for the Northamptonshire Business Awards are now closed

The winner of the Business of the Year Award will receive a cash prize of £10,000, with the winner of each category receiving£1,000 of marketing support from the Northamptonshire Chamber.

Best use of Technology

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.

The three finalists:

• ID Card Centre Ltd

• JRM Group

• Level 7 Expertise Ltd

High Growth Business of the Year

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.

The three finalists:

• ID Card Centre Ltd

• Robyn Allen Solutions Ltd

• People Force International Limited

Employer of the Year

This award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in the promotion and implementation of a learning and development culture. Entrants for this award must communicate how this culture has contributed to the business achieving outstanding success.

The three finalists:

• PCS Business Systems

• Teamwork Trust

• Technical Foam Services Ltd

Education & Business Partnership

This award recognises schools, further education colleges, universities and training providers that engage effectively with business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they work with businesses to help their pupils gain an understanding of the world of work and develop the crucial employability skills that employers value.

The three finalists:

• Northampton College

• Northgate School Arts College Academy Trust

• 3aaa Apprenticeships Northampton

Customer Commitment Award

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.

The three finalists:

• Silverstone Fleet Management

• SK Energy

• Business HR Solutions (Consultancy) Limited

Digital Communications Campaign of the Year

This award will recognise organisations who have created, implemented and evaluated a marketing campaign that has been an outstanding success over the past 12 months. Entrants will need to outline what the campaign objectives were, the approach and channels used as well as the results achieved.

The three finalists:

• Barker Shoes Ltd./Visual Identity Creative Ltd.

• Triad Ltd

• Orange Juice Communications

Export Business of the Year

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

The three finalists:

• Viridian Nutrition

• KM Packaging

• SUEZ Water Conditioning Services Ltd

Small Business of the Year

Open to organisations employing up to 75 full time members of staff. 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.

The three finalists:

• SAS Logistics Ltd

• D8 Worldwide Solutions Ltd

• ID Card Centre Ltd

Apprentice of the Year

This award recognises the rising stars who will become the business leaders of tomorrow. Open to all current or past apprentices aged 16–25 years old who can demonstrate they have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace.

This award category can be entered by individuals or a company can complete the entry on behalf of an employee or colleague.

The judges will be looking at:

• Andrew Glenn of ID Card Centre Ltd

• Eleni Neophitou of CS2 Chartered Surveyors

• Evie Underwood of NRG Illumination Ltd

Business of the Year

This overall winner will be chosen from the winners of each category.

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