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Gusto is latest firm to back the Advertiser's Newark Business Awards

The latest sponsor to support Newark Business Awards is leading regional housebuilder Gusto, based in Collingham.

The chief executive, Steff Wright, is a previous winner at the awards, and is keen to encourage other businesses to apply.

Gusto Homes has a well-earned reputation for the style and quality of the homes it builds, and for its innovative approach to the design of energy-efficient new dwellings.

Steff Wright, chief executive of Gusto (right) a past winner of Newark Business Awards, is encouraging others to get involved in the event. (28347291)
Steff Wright, chief executive of Gusto (right) a past winner of Newark Business Awards, is encouraging others to get involved in the event. (28347291)

Although Gusto Homes has been a leader in its field for more than 20 years, it started small, so it is fitting it is sponsoring the best small business of the year category.

“Small businesses can often be the most innovative and creative,” Steff said. “That is why I am pleased to sponsor this category, at the start of a decade of change and opportunity.”

This award is open to businesses trading for more than three years, with up to ten employees, and which is able to demonstrate success, excellence and innovation in its field, leadership, and the ability to drive the business forward, with funding and investment plans for the future. It must also show it understands its market and is capable of responding to change.

Gusto homes (28351447)
Gusto homes (28351447)

Steff Wright said: “As a previous winner of the Newark Business Awards, I know the benefits companies can get by entering these excellent awards, regardless of whether they are lucky enough to pick up the winner’s trophy.

“Putting together an application helps companies stand back and focus on the achievements they have made and acknowledge the teamwork that has moved the company forward in whatever award category they apply for.”

While finalists and winners reap the rewards of entering, sponsors also benefit from supporting the Newark Business Awards.

It gives businesses the perfect opportunity to raise their profile.

Benefits include:

  • Maximum print, online and social brand exposure
  • Underlining your commitment to local business
  • Engaging with customers and clients to showcase your business
  • Increasing your brand awareness and raising your profile
  • Networking with other business guests and sponsors
  • Association with a high-profile, established and respected event
  • Growing your own business and enhancing your reputation

Entries for this year’s Newark Business Awards are arriving thick and fast ­ ­— but there is still time to enter before entries close on March 19.

The grand final takes place at the Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, on Friday, June 19.

There are ten categories, listed below.

Visit www.newarkbusiness awards.co.uk for more information and to enter.

Employer Of The Year

We are looking for employers who can best demonstrate how their leadership and human resource policies support staff development, engagement and satisfaction, creating a positive and supportive workplace with a well-motivated and well-trained team.

The winner of this award will be more than just a good company to work for; its culture will deliver commercial results and will be an inspiration to employees and other businesses.

Best Independent Retailer

This award, sponsored by Southwell Racecourse, celebrates the independent shops and restaurants that make the area special.

It will be judged on financial performance and product and store innovation, as well as excellent customer service.

Employee/Team Of The Year

This award celebrates dedication and commitment to the business.

The title will go to the employee or team who always goes the extra mile and exceeds expectations within their company.

From aspiring apprentices to experienced veterans, the judges will be looking for an employee or team who can demonstrate how their attitude, commitment and dedication to their job has delivered significant benefits to the company they work for.

Best Start-up

Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all your expectations, or is it exactly on the right track, looking strong and with excellent prospects for the future?

You may be a one-man band looking to expand, or you may have started at a larger scale and already proved your ideas work.

This award, sponsored by Newark and Sherwood District Council, is open to companies in business for up to three years from the date of the launch.

Businessperson Of The Year

The winner will be an individual who stands out from the crowd, has an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them.

The winner of this award, sponsored by Newark Business Club, will have been key to the success of their enterprise, as well as encouraging and contributing to the overall business success of the region.

Large Business Of The Year

This award, sponsored by Duncan & Toplis, is open to any business trading for more than three years with more than ten employees.

It must demonstrate business excellence, a commitment to the local community, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement, leadership with the ability to drive the business forward, and a commitment to its staff.

Small Business Of The Year

This award, sponsored by Gusto, is open to a business trading for more than three years with up to ten employees. The company must be able to demonstrate success, excellence, and innovation in its field, leadership with the ability to drive the business forward, and funding arrangements and investment plans for the future of the business.

It must show it understands its market and is capable of responding to change.

Customer Care

This award, sponsored by Chattertons, will recognise the firm, irrespective of size or sector, that can prove it really does put the customer first.

Has your business excell-ed to help one customer in particular, or perhaps you have introduced new ways of working to help every customer?

The organisation must have objectives for high-quality customer service and clear methods of monitoring and evaluating standards.

Business Innovation

This award, sponsored by DB Wood, will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate an ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that improve performance, service and profits.

Best Social Enterprise

This category, sponsored by Urban & Civic, is open to charities and social enterprises that can demonstrate significant commercial and social impact of their activities.

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