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Make your nominations for Newark Business Awards 2024

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Newark Business Awards – so what are you waiting for?

We will be looking for the best of local business and organisations from across the district that will be celebrated in a black-tie gala celebration at Newark Showground on Friday, June 14.

Nominations are open until 2pm on Friday, March 22, in the ten categories: Business of the Year, Businessperson of the Year, Employer of the Year, Team of the Year, Environmental Champion, Best Social Enterprise, Best Independent Retailer, Business Innovation, Customer Care, and Best Start-up.

If you do not want to enter the competition, but would still like to be involved, there are a whole host of sponsorship packages available.

But the real focus of the awards is celebrating business success.

So, if you have a booming business — whether employing a handful of staff or an international concern — we want to hear from you.

Entering could not be easier.

Newark Business Awards 2023. All the winners and highly commended from the night.
Newark Business Awards 2023. All the winners and highly commended from the night.

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 nominate your own business, or nominate others, in up to two categories.

There are two stages to the nomination process.

Firstly, 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 nominations is Friday, March 22, at 2pm.

You then have a further week to complete your entry packs, until Friday, March 29.

Our independent judges will then decide the four finalists in the categories, which will be revealed in the Advertiser on April 18.

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

The categories are:

Business of the Year

This award is open to any business trading for more than three years

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.

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 goes beyond what is expected of them to deliver significant benefits to the company.

Environmental Champion

This award will be presented to the business that can demonstrate a commitment to reduce its carbon

footprint with projects such as cutting its use of fossil fuels, caring for the natural environment, improving the use of resources by cutting waste, reducing pollution, and increasing its environmental understanding

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 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.

Customer Care

This award 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.

Independent Retailer of the Year

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.

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