There are 14 Award Categories for the Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2017.
*Please note – The deadline for entries to this year’s awards is 11.59pm on Friday 27th January 2017
The Company of the Year Award celebrates a business that has performed outstandingly throughout the year.
Recognising a firm that has stood out from the crowd, the winner of this category will have developed a strong business presence with proof of particular achievements including strong market share, economic turn-around and innovative approach.
Judges will be looking for a business that can be universally admired for their commercial practice and dedication to success.
The award is open to companies in the region which normally employ no more than 75 full-time staff, and have a proven record of success.
Recognising a business that has shown marked success over the year, this award celebrates the companies that are integral to the economy. For all finalists, judges will consider the prospective growth and development opportunities for the future of each business.
This award is open to companies in the region that have been in operation for a maximum of three years as of January 1st 2017.
This coveted award recognises one of the region’s brightest new businesses and the contribution it will make to the county in the future. Judges will be tasked with analysing business plans, achievements to date and potential for growth within the next few years.
This award celebrates the entrepreneurs behind some of the most innovative and successful businesses in Leicestershire.
Looking at the individual achievements of the entrepreneur, the results returned by their business and their unique approach to the marketplace they operate in, the judges will select finalists that best represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the region.
The companies nominated for this award will have demonstrable strengths in service excellence, business growth, innovation, technology, training and personal development.
Judges will be looking for a service company that has achieved and succeeded measurable business goals.
This award is open to companies in the region that have demonstrated sales and marketing excellence over the year.
As part of the judging criteria for this award, judges will examine the innovation and creativity of the business, as well as its ability to find solutions for sales and marketing challenges.
The winner of this award will have achieved measurable results and continue to build upon their reputation for retail excellence.
This award is open to online, boutique and high street retailers.
Judges will consider the contribution the business has made to the economic stability of the county – the eventual winner will represent one of Leicestershire’s finest retail businesses.
Paying tribute to the company that has excelled in the field of science and technology, this award recognises advancement and innovation.
Continuing a strong scientific and technological ethos, the finalists will be selected and judged on the quality of their products and services, their dedication to sales performance, their commitment to innovation and the sustainability of their business.
This award recognises the businesses that are providing valuable opportunities for young jobseekers in the area. Over recent years, the younger generation have struggled in the job market, and this category celebrates the employers who are supporting the youth of today. The finalists in this category will have gone above and beyond to take on a number of apprentices and provide them with the support and training needed to kick-start their careers.
This award will choose from Leicestershire’s wealth of creative businesses to recognise the business that has made major strides in this field.
Judges will look at the finalists’ dedication to developing something truly creative across a variety of industries. The business must also demonstrate a considered dedication to financial achievement, as well as a strong dedication to future business success.
The Excellence in Manufacturing Award celebrates a company that has upheld the manufacturing traditions of the local area, while continuing to strengthen the regional economy.
All finalists will demonstrate a dedication to manufacturing excellence with emphasis placed on quality, sales performance, sustainability and investment.
This award will reward an organisation that has generated substantial and sustained increases in export activity.
The judges will be tasked with considering all aspects of the company, looking at their unique offering and business approach, as well as the level of international trade achieved and the measurable financial results of this.
The finalists for this award will have demonstrated considerable dedication to corporate, social and ethical responsibility, providing the community with the many positive outcomes of their commercial activity.
Judges will focus on businesses that have contributed substantially to the community through various means including society-led projects, aiding economic regeneration and supporting local suppliers.
The award celebrates the best of the county’s many not-for-profit organisations that make a contribution to the community around them.
Recognising the excellent performance of the public sector, not-for-profit and charitable organisations in the Leicestershire area, the award will be judged on the organisations’ ability to maintain financial performance, as well as looking at the cultural influence of the business and the potential benefits it brings.