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First nominations submitted for Newark Business Awards 2021




The first nominations for this year’s Newark Business Awards were received within minutes of entries opening.

Eager businesses were quickly off the mark to ensure they were in the running for our awards ceremony later this year.

“We are delighted with the response in the first few days since entries opened,” said Advertiser editor Sharon Hodkin.

“Given the feedback I had received since our online ceremony in December for our 2020 awards, I knew there would be plenty of interest this year ­— and so it has proved.

“There is still plenty of time to enter and join our early birds in contention for the prestigious prizes ­— so what are you waiting for?”

Nominations are open today in 11 categories, covering all areas of business.

Entering Newark Business Awards could not be easier.

When you have decided which category/categories you want to enter, simply go to the dedicated website at www.newarkbusinessawards.co.uk

You can either enter your own business or nominate others.

There are two stages to the nomination process.

Initially, you will be asked to give basic details on the website.

Each nominee will then be sent an electronic entry pack to fill in and send back.

The closing date for entries is Friday, June 25, at 2pm.

Our independent judges will then decide the finalists in the four categories, which will be revealed in the Advertiser on July 15.

Following the announcement, the judges will visit each finalist and carry out interviews to decide the overall winners and a highly-commended in each category.

These will be announced in a glittering black-tie ceremony at the Lady Eastwood Centre on Friday, September 24.

The categories are:

Large Business of the Year

This award 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 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 Group, 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.

Businessperson of the Year

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

The winner will have been

key to the success of their enterprise, as well as encouraging and contributing to the overall business success of the region.

Employer of the Year

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

Team of the Year

This award celebrates dedication and commitment to the business.

It will go to the team that can goes beyond what is expected of them to deliver significant benefits to the company.

Employee of the Year

The winner of this award will be the employee who always goes the extra mile to help their company to grow and thrive.

From aspiring apprentices to experienced veterans, the judges will be looking for someone who can demonstrate how their attitude, commitment and dedication to their job has benefitted their company.

Business Innovation

This award 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 Customer Care

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

Has your business excelled 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.

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.

Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organisation.

Best Independent Retailer

This award celebrates the independent shops and restaurants that make the Advertiser area special.

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

Best start-up

Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all 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 launch.



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