The Buckinghamshire Business Awards 2017

The Buckinghamshire Business Awards 2017 are open for entries!

Showcasing your Business

The Buckinghamshire Business Awards honour the entrepreneurial spirit, vision, innovation and drive of our business community and celebrate ‘the best of the best’ across the whole business community.

Originally launched in 2006 as the ‘Buckinghamshire Enterprise Awards’, The Buckinghamshire Business Awards are the County’s leading business awards. In 2017 The Buckinghamshire Business Awards will feature 13 categories, reflecting the diverse and dynamic business community operating throughout the County. The awards have a major role to play within the county, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and vision of our businesses, which in turn presents Buckinghamshire in the best possible light to the wider community.


What you need to know

Buckinghamshire’s most prestigious Business Awards is now open, so if you are looking to showcase your business as the best of the best, make sure you are ready to enter. Here is all the information you need to know about entering.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Buckinghamshire Business Awards please download the Sponsorship Brochure or contact us at awards@bbf.uk.com.

Entering the awards is easy, fill out the entry request form to start your Buckinghamshire Business Award journey.

Once you have filled out the entry request form your next steps are below:

  • Entry can be made using our entry forms only from which shortlists will be decided
  • Shortlisted organisations will be visited by a judge at their premises
  • From the shortlist – finalists will be selected after having been through our judging panel
  • Finalists will be notified by email
  • A senior representative from all finalist organisations must be available to attend the gala dinner in June

Whatever the size, sector or age of your business you will benefit.

Development begins at entry

Entering creates an opportunity to focus on your business in a structured way and identify core strengths and competitive advantages. Use the entry process as an MOT for your business.

Recognition of excellence

Award winners receive public recognition of business excellence, being acknowledged as the best in Buckinghamshire by peers, the business community and media. There are also bottom line benefits, winning companies often secure new contracts as a direct result of their success.

All winners receive a bespoke trophy designed locally

Appreciation

The award process provides a platform that acknowledges the contributions made by employees to your organisation’s success and an invitation to the awards ceremony can reward their efforts.

Publicity

Award participation provides another dimension for showcasing your services and products to a wider audience together with recognition within the local community as being an outstanding business.

As a finalist and winner, companies receive official Buckinghamshire Business Awards branding and logos to use for promotional purposes.

Finalists and winners will be featured in our Awards supplement produced and distributed by local press in Buckinghamshire.

Any registered private sector organisation or company of any size located within Buckinghamshire that has been trading for at least 12 months is eligible to enter the awards.

If your organisation is part of a larger business or a franchise, your organisation must function as a separate business unit in the county of Buckinghamshire.

Sponsors of awards are not eligible to enter the Buckinghamshire Business Awards and entries cannot be accepted from any business which is part or wholly funded by any local authority, excluding the Enterprising Charity category.

Please see full terms and conditions for further information.  

Tuesday 31st January 2017 - Closing date for entries

Mid February – End of March 2017 - Judging                     

Thursday 13th April 2017 - Tickets for the Awards Ceremony go on sale

Friday 28th April 2017 - Finalists announced

TBC June 2017 - Ceremony

General

  • Sponsors of awards are not eligible to enter the Buckinghamshire Business Awards and entries cannot be accepted from any business which is part or wholly funded by any local authority, excluding the Enterprising Charity category
  • All entrants are expected to declare if they consider themselves to have any interest in the Sponsoring organisation of the category(ies) that they are entering. Our conflict of interest policy is designed to preserve the impartiality of the judging process by ensuring that all parties recognise and disclose any conflict situations. All steps will be taken to avoid and/or manage these situations as they arise
  • All entrants must agree to be interviewed by awards judges
  • Additional supporting information such as photographs and testimonials is acceptable and should be relevant to the last 12 months
  • We regret that information in support of entries cannot be returned and will be destroyed securely post awards
  • All entrants and finalists are invited to attend the Buckinghamshire Business Awards Dinner. This is a formal event during which the awards ceremony is held and the winners are announced. No results will be announced before this date
  • By applying for The Buckinghamshire Business Awards, you automatically qualify for membership of Buckinghamshire Business First. For details of membership, please visit bbf.uk.com/register

Judging

  • Once your entry is submitted the hard work begins for the judges tasked with assessing all entries
  • Shortlisted entries will receive site visits in order to determine finalists and category winners. You will need to be available between 13 Feb – 31 Mar 2017 for visits
  • Being shortlisted and visited by a sponsor/judge doesn’t necessarily secure your place as a finalist
  • All selections of finalists and winners will be reviewed by the independent judging panel made up of experienced business professionals
  • Category finalists will be considered for the overall Buckinghamshire Company of the Year 2017 Award. No ‘entry’ is required for this award as this is judged on the overall application of category finalists as well as subsequent finalist site visits
  • Charities will not be considered for the overall Company of the Year Award
  • All entries are treated in confidence. Judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement that prevents them from sharing any information in relation to entrants outside of the judging process
  • When judging has concluded, entry submissions will be destroyed by the judges
  • The judges’ decision is final and no communications will be entered into
  • Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Business First have no influence over the judges’ decisions

Finalists

  • Judges will choose 3 finalists for each category and finalists will be officially announced 21st April 2017
  • A representative from each of the finalist companies will need to attend the awards ceremony. One free (seat) ticket will be provided and more can be bought for staff and family in order to make the night a true celebration
  • Each finalist must agree to take part in publicity and by entering the awards you agree to this
  • The winner of each category will be announced from the 3 finalists on the night
  • A list of winners will be available on the Business Awards website at bbf.uk.com/events/buckinghamshire-business-awards

What is the deadline for entry ?

The deadline for entry is midnight on 31st January 2017.

How do we submit an entry?

You must download and complete an entry form for each category you wish to enter.

How much does it cost to enter?

The awards are free to enter and shortlisted organisations will receive one free ticket to the gala dinner in June 2017.

How many stages are there?

  1. Entry is made by downloading and completing the Buckinghamshire Business Awards entry forms, from which shortlists will be decided
  2.  Shortlisted organisations will be visited by a judge at their premises
  3. From the shortlist – finalists will be selected after having been through our judging panel
  4. Finalists will be notified by email
  5. A senior representative from all finalist organisations must be available to attend the gala dinner in June

Who can enter the awards?

Any registered private sector organisation company of any size located within Buckinghamshire that has been trading for at least 12 months is eligible to enter the awards.

If your organisation is part of a larger business or a franchise, your organisation must function as a separate business unit in the county of Buckinghamshire.

What is the confidentiality policy for the written entries?

All entries are confidential and will only be viewed by the judges.

Who’s behind the BBA and who should I contact with any questions?

The Buckinghamshire Business Awards are organised by Buckinghamshire Business First and any questions should be directed to awards@bbf.uk.com

What can I expect on the night?

A night like nothing you’ve ever experienced before – the ceremony is something very different and will certainly be a night to remember, regardless of if you are a guest, a finalist or even better a winner!  

Your colleagues, important clients and prospects will enjoy the very best in hospitality, cuisine and production.

Please download the following documents to help you make the most of your entry. 

  • Your guide to entering the Buckinghamshire Business Awards 2017 - Download here
  • Recommend a Business for the 2017 - Download here

Top Tips

Take a look at the top tips from previous winners, judges and PR expert below:


2017 Award Categories

There are 12 award categories to enter and a business can enter up to two categories plus one Best in District Award. The prestigious Company of the Year Award will be given to a company chosen from all of the finalists across all of the awards.

 

This award is open to all employers who have employed or provided work experience for a young person under the age of 24 (at the time of recruitment) since September 2015 which has involved training.  The award wishes to recognise companies providing excellence in training and career opportunities in the county.

The Business Leader of the Year Award identifies and celebrates individual business leaders who are really going places.

The award recognises charities and social enterprises (irrespective of size) who have made a significant impact in the local community during the last 12 months.

This award seeks to recognise excellence in customer service at a time in which it has never been more important to make the right impression on customers.

Businesses and organisations that enter this category will need to show that they have expanded their markets beyond that of the UK and are working with other international companies, significantly increasing their sales revenue as a result of international working.

This Award is open to any tourism, hospitality or leisure related business, irrelevant of size. 

This category is open to any business that started trading after the 1st January 2015. The business cannot be an expansion of an existing business, name change or new location of an existing organisation.

The small business category is open to any business that employs fewer than 20 full time employees or equivalent.

This Award is open to any business within the county that has grown or scaled up since October 2015. The definition of a scale up refers to business which have shown rapid growth with the potential and ambition to continue that trajectory.

Buckinghamshire’s four District Councils are demonstrating their commitment to supporting a vibrant economic community by offering businesses based in each of their district’s the chance to be crowned ‘the best of the best’.  

The District Award can also be entered in addition to two other awards or  as an entry in ts own right should a company not wish to enter any other specific category.

Finally, the Company of the Year Award will be given to a company chosen from all of the finalists across all of the awards.


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2017 Award Sponsors


2016 Highlights

Whether you missed out on the 2016 Buckinghamshire Business Awards and want to see what the fuss is all about, or if you were there but your memory is a little hazy (perhaps related to the amount of champagne drunk on the night) then check out all of the pictures from the night on our Flickr account and what happened on social media here.

If the moving image is more your thing, we can cater for you. See our YouTube channel for the videos shown on the night featuring the finalists in each category.

2016 Award Winners

You can find all the winners from the 2016 awards here.