ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!!! 

The closing date for all entries is 5pm Friday 5th May

You can enter up to 3 different categories FREE OF CHARGE.

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FSB Best New Business

For businesses established within the last two years (start date after 1st January 2015) demonstrating a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future. Entrants will be asked to explain the background to the business; how the company has performed since starting and what its future projections are. You should also display good managerial and financial practice. The judges will be looking to identify a business that has set and achieved challenging objectives within its business plans, overcome obstacles and established a position of sustainable profitability and success.

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Business Innovation

Entrants will be asked to show how the business goes about encouraging creativity and new thinking and how knowledge or technology play an important part in developing the business. You will be asked to focus on a particular example of a successful change implemented in the last two years. Evidence of success will help to make your case – what your criteria were and how the business has benefited financially, in market position, or in terms of growing or securing employment.

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Oval Law Community Business of the Year

You will already be a successful business in your own right. The judges will need to see evidence of your success. More importantly to like to ‘give something back’. Whether you do it quietly or shout it from the hill tops, the judges will want to see what you do locally, how you do it and why.

You cannot be shy in this category, tell it as it is. If you have any local coverage or evidence of your kind efforts – let us know.

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 Develop EBP Employer of the Year

Our criterion to win the award is simple – tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business.

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Enterprising Business of the Year

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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Basepoint Entrepreneur of the Year

You must be able to show how your business has progressed in line with your business plan and what potential there is for growth. Success will be demonstrated by your clear understanding of your marketplace, your position within it and your ability to work with internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate. You will be required to show leadership qualities, and good managerial and financial practice. You should also demonstrate your creativity, entrepreneurialism and your enthusiasm for new ideas. A consciousness of self-development and ability to reflect on your own journey is essential.

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Stanair Service Excellence

The winner of this award will have the customer at its heart and will deploy and manage resources to most effectively meet the needs of its customer base. In most business disciplines the customer is offered a choice of supplier. To ensure the success of a business a customer care policy is paramount. This category encourages entries from any business that can demonstrate established and measurable systems for monitoring service standards.

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My Mustard Training and Development

The judges are particularly looking for a clear strategy to enable businesses to obtain NVQs and professional qualifications through their working environment, offering flexibility to the staff will be key to this award.

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White Heart Press Young Business Person of the Year

For business people aged 30 or less (by 1st June 2015) who have demonstrated a high degree of entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future. The judges will be looking to identify a business that has set and achieved objectives within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success. In addition to this judges will want to see an understanding of the relationship between your own development and the success of the business.

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Liebherr Great Britain Apprentice of the Year

An apprentice is defined as a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period.

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Not for Profit Business of the Year Award

Not for profit is a type of organisation that does not earn profits for its owners. All of the money earned by or donated to a not for profit organisation is used in pursuing the organisation’s objectives. Typically not for profit organisations are charities or other types of public service organisations.

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The Green Award

Being “green” in business terms means reducing or removing the harmful impact that products and/or services have on the environment.

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Networking Group of the Year

Business Networking has become a very important part of many businesses marketing and sales strategy. Some groups have been around many years, some have only recently started. It is important that whatever way you run your group, it must be successful – prove it and you could be the winners.

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Business of the Year less than 50

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to thisaward will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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Business of the Year more than 50

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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Bedford Council Bedford Business of the Year

The winners of the Bedford Business of the Year will be exceptional across all aspects of running a successful SME. Considering the enormous wealth of commercially focused talent across the city, the judges will be expecting a wide range of exceptional entries.

The winners will stand out even in this talented crop of entries.

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FM Group Luton Business of the Year

The winners of the Luton Business of the Year will be exceptional across all aspects of running a successful SME. Considering the enormous wealth of commercially focused talent across the city, the judges will be expecting a wide range of exceptional entries.

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Events and PR Dunstable Business of the Year

The winners of the Dunstable Business of the Year will be exceptional across all aspects of running a successful SME. Considering the enormous wealth of commercially focused talent across the city, the judges will be expecting a wide range of exceptional entries.

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Aurile Leighton Buzzard Business of the Year

The winners of the Leighton Buzzard Business of the Year will be exceptional across all aspects of running a successful SME. Considering the enormous wealth of commercially focused talent across the city, the judges will be expecting a wide range of exceptional entries.

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