Award categories

Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards 2020

Excellence in Digital Creative and ICT
Sponsored by InTouch Systems

This award aims to celebrate a great local business that uses Digital Creative and ICT to be more successful. Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • Innovative technology at the heart of its operation
  • Evidence of successful projects/campaigns
  • Using a digital approach to improving day to day operations for itself and clients.
  • Using a digital solution for engagement and interactivity with its customers
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth.

 

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Excellence in Life Sciences
Sponsored by Norwich Research Park

This award celebrates a UK registered emerging biotech company. Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • Proof of significant research and/or clinical trial activity
  • Making an impact on our quality of life
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth
  • Proof of developing partnerships and collaborations.

 

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Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing
Sponsored by Mirus Aircraft Seating

With a host of local businesses in this key sector, this award celebrates those businesses who lead the way in manufacturing and/or engineering. Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • Evidence of a product, process of system that makes a significant impact on the sector
  • Evidence of recent Improvement/investment in efficiency or productivity
  • Use of the latest research, including collaborations with universities or higher education institutes.
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth.

 

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Excellence in Financial Services and Insurance
Sponsored by Jarrold Training

This award recognises organisations that have developed new financial products or services that are aimed at driving sustainable outcomes. It is open to any organisation that provides lending, insurance, investing or capital market related products or services as part of a wider portfolio. Joint entries between organisations are also welcome, for example if organisations have worked with external advisors in order to develop the new product or service. 

Judges will be looking for elements of the following:

  • That the product or service has generated, or is likely to generate, tangible environmental and/or social benefits in addition to delivering positive financial outcomes.
  • That the product or service is either of a financially significant size to the organisation or a pilot which, if successful, could be scaled up.
  • How the organisation is actively working with its clients or key stakeholder base to enable successful adoption and scale. 
  • That the product or service is core to the activities of the organisation itself.

 

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Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Drink
Sponsored by Pasta Foods

This key growth sector is brimming with innovative thinkers. This award recognises that special business which can demonstrate success through the use of innovation. Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • Ground breaking ideas that have helped put this business on the map
  • An innovative approach to production of raw materials, food and drink
  • A business that has pioneered a unique process or product in the food and drink sector
  • A new approach to marketing a product or service
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth.

 

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Visitor Economy Experience
Sponsored by Adnams

Visitors to the area have high expectations of service and experience and their spend is vital to the local economy. This award celebrates that customer focused leading the way in this sector. 

Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • Evidence of promotional activity as a visitor destination
  • Evidence of positive feedback from satisfied customers/visitors
  • Made innovative approach to enhance the visitor experience
  • A significant increase in the number of visitors to the business
  • Evidence of increased visitor numbers as a result of a successful campaign
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth.

 

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New Business
Sponsored by CNC Building Control

This award is open to start-up and new businesses in the Broadland and South Norfolk area that have been trading from 1 April 2018.

Judges will look to recognise a new local business that has turned an idea into a viable, sustainable business by demonstrating elements of the following:

  • Measurable success in their competitive sector
  • Consistent growth (which might include turnover, profit, customer base, employees and premises/ equipment/machinery).

 

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Business Growth
Sponsored by Big Sky Developments

Growing businesses are the future of our economy. This award is open to businesses of any size who can show strong, sustainable growth and have a clear plan on how this will be maintained in the future.

Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • Strong financial performance (turnover, sales and profit)
  • An increased percentage in customer base and/or market share
  • Growth in employee numbers and investment in staff such as training, apprenticeships etc
  • Site development or investment in systems, infrastructure, plant or machinery
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth
  • Continued product development.

 

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International Business Growth
Sponsored by Hethel International

Exporting increases a business’s market and opens up a wealth of growth opportunities. This award is open to businesses of any size that have achieved export growth, geographical expansion or an increase in revenue from overseas operations over the last year.

Judges are looking to recognise a business that can demonstrate elements of the following:

  • A measurable increase in international growth including research into market and demand
  • Measurable export growth or increase in revenues from overseas operations and contribution to the business as a whole
  • An increase in market share
  • Evidence of a robust business plan to support continued growth
  • Actively pursuing new international business.

 

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Environmental Impact

This award is open to any business that is committed to playing a leading role in the low carbon transition through the development of new green products and services and/or by pioneering sustainable business and operating models. The judges are looking for firms that over the past year have demonstrated how they have enhanced their environmental performance across their operations and promoted the importance of greener business models. These might include: 

  • Taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of your organisation and/or the products and services you provide 
  • Evidence detailing your organisation's success over the past 12 months
  • Plans to strengthen your sustainability strategy over the next 12 months 
  • What other businesses can learn from your experience.

 

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Retailer of the Year - open for public nomination
Sponsored by Fosters Solicitors LLP

A dramatic shift in consumer behaviour means the successful retailer will need to move with the times, but great customer service is always key to the very best.

This award is open to all retail businesses in the Broadland and South Norfolk area.

Judges will look to celebrate a top retailer who can demonstrate from the following:

  • Innovation in traditional retailing
  • Creating a unique retailer experience
  • Using technology to improve service
  • Reducing the environmental impact
  • Keeping in touch with customers
  • Excellent customer service.

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