The deadline to nominate your business for the Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2014 is looming as we gear up for another night to celebrate Brighouse success.
In the Retailer of the Year category, the general public can have their say on their favourite business and the award will be decided by readers’ votes.
This award presents a unique opportunity for readers to say thank you for the valuable service they receive from the businesses who have given a firm vote of confidence in their town.
Whether that is from a local independent shop or one of the larger industrial business that has helped put Brighouse on the map.
Brighouse is noted for its individual businesses and offers a shopping experience far different from many cloned high streets.
This is a difficult time for businesses, particularly retailers, but Brighouse is working flat out to buck the trend and the last year has seen businesses moving into town and existing ones expand by upgrading to larger premises within the town centre.
The awards scheme, enthusiastically sponsored by Kirklees College, covers ten categories and features all types of business; from the major employer to the corner shop, from start-ups to established companies.
These awards recognise success in the market place, and the individuals who have contributed to that success. They celebrate talent, commitment and skill.
Closing date for nominations will close on March 28 at 5pm before a shortlist is published in each of the categories.
The Brighouse Business Awards culminate in what promises to be another glittering presentation evening on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at The Holiday Inn, Brighouse, and will be hosted by TV presenter Clare Frisby.
As well as celebrating Brighouse business on the night, Kirklees College has chosen to support the Forget me Not Children’s Hospice and will be a collection on the night.
Sponsorship is still available for categories for any businesses wanting to be part of the night.
Businesses can enter themselves or nominate another in as many of the categories if they fit the criteria you see below.
To find out more about the awards ceremony and how to nominate click here
When completing the form you should receive a nomination receipt from Ian Hirst.
Any problems about nominating contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To buy tickets to our showcase prestigious event please email email@example.com
Building Industry Award
Available for sponsorship
This award is open to any business with connections to the building industry in Brighouse. This could be suppliers, builders, plumbing and electrical and architects. The award could be presented to a major development or an individual building professional.
Retailer of the Year
Available for sponsorship
This will be decided by readers’ votes. Brighouse is noted for its individual businesses and offers a shopping experience far different from many cloned high streets.
Brighouse is working flat out to buck the trend and the last year has seen businesses moving into town and existing ones expand by upgrading to larger premises within the town centre. This award presents a unique opportunity for readers to say thank you for the valuable service they receive from the businesses who have given a firm vote of confidence in their town.
Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Kirkdale Industrial Training
Apprenticeships hold the key to the future of many businesses, we will be looking for one special apprentice who has excelled both in training and in their business, we want companies, training centres, colleges etc to nominate an individual who has shone in their chosen field.
Innovator of the Year
- Available for sponsorship
Transforming the performance of an established business by restructuring or redirection. Successful and creative problem-solving. Leading a business or team through a process of radical change in order to increase efficiency and results.
Creating, discovering or inventing a new product, process or service and bringing it to market - successfully and profitably. Finding new and marketable opportunities for existing product, plant, services or goods.
Business Person of the Year
Sponsored by Rand and Asquith
Can demonstrate clear leadership qualities.
Has strong financial understanding of running a business. Is willing to mentor colleagues and other business people. Visionary in his or her field. The person the judges believe has promoted Brighouse in the most positive light.
Business of the Year
Available for sponsorship
Can demonstrate successful year on year growth in its sector. Has strong commitment to innovation. Has effectively promoted itself on the national and international stage. Is shown to support its community and social responsibility policy. Demonstrate good personnel relations.
Demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment. Can demonstrate willingness to adapt to market changes.
Small to Medium Sized Business
Sponsored by Kirklees College
Turnover of less than £5million. Fewer than 50 employees. Demonstrate significant growth in its sector. Demonstrate innovation and a mapped out plan for future developments. Has maintained sound financial performance and a community social responsible policy in place.
New Business of the Year
Sponsored by Lattitude 7
Established within the last two years. Can demonstrate sound and thorough research of its markets and operating independently of any other existing business. Carefully mapped out plan to maintain development and growth and a clear business strategy. A willingness to take and listen to proven advice and use of innovative thinking. Demonstrate clear understanding of the needs of a growing business.
Best for Brighouse
Sponsored by Arrow Coach Travel
Awarded to the individual or team who has made the biggest contribution to attracting business and tourism to Brighouse. This is the person or team that has helped to put Brighouse firmly on the map – and keep it there.
Larger Business of the Year
- Sponsored by Sleigh and Story
Turnover over 50 million and More than 50 employees. Can demonstrate significant growth in its sector and innovation. Has a mapped out plan for future developments. Has maintained sound financial performance and has a community social responsible policy in place.
Venue: Holiday Inn. Brighouse
Date: Thursday May 1
Presenter: Clare Frisby from BBC Look North, breakfast news
Tickets £45 + VAT