This award is for businesses less than three years old that demonstrate a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future, with the potential for further growth and expansion in turnover, profit and employment levels.
Successful businesses will clearly articulate the business idea and start up process, giving evidence of a well-researched business plan and forecasts for business performance.
If possible, the business should be offering something new to the marketplace and the management style should be entrepreneurial and ambitious. Applicants should present a well-defined vision for the future showing how the business is building towards an enterprise of considerable potential, ideally through evidence of sales, profits and employment achieved to date
This award is intended to highlight successful businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area employing 25 full time employees or less. They will be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, employment, innovative marketing and communications. Entrants will be able to demonstrate a strong sales focus. Staff personal development and total involvement of the workforce in the growth of the business is also important. The winner will demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics with dynamic and measurable systems in place to monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.
This award is intended to highlight successful businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area employing more than 25 full time employees. They will be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, employment, innovative marketing and communications. Entrants will be able to demonstrate a strong sales focus. Staff personal development and total involvement of the workforce in the growth of the business is important. The winner will demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics with dynamic and measurable systems in place to monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.
The Excellence in Customer Service Award has been designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and achievement within the field of customer care and service. Entrants will demonstrate excellence through their customer service objectives and strategy, business performance, customer care activities, staff development plans and show how this has driven business growth.
This award is open to all organisations, including Social Enterprises from all sectors. It recognises organisations that seek to enhance access to social or economic opportunities for the people who live in the local community in which the organisation operates.
Community Impact may be achieved through the organisation's mission or purpose, or through wider initiatives out-with the core business that promote community and individual development. Those involving opportunities through employment for local disabled or disadvantaged people would be welcome but could also include initiatives around volunteering, on-site childcare provision, community access to its facilities or green campaigns to improve the environment. Consideration will be given to how the initiatives are co-ordinated, delivered, sustained, recorded, promoted, and particularly how they are measured and the resulting impact on the community.
The most successful family firms find a good balance between the needs of the business, the owners, and the dynamics of the family. For this category judges will look for evidence of professional management and responsible ownership. Diplomacy and communication skills need to be demonstrated while ensuring that growth, development and strategic ambitions continue to be met.
This Award is open to organisations which have developed a partnership that prepares young people for the world of work. Judges in this category will be looking for evidence of how the business has established the partnership and what makes that partnership exceptional.
This category will be awarded to the company that has shown the most commitment to developing its staff through skills and personal development, investment and achievement programmes and outcomes.
This award is for business that can demonstrate clear links between improvements to their company performance (increased productivity, profitability etc) through sustainable and environmental processes and practices, or for companies that have developed new business opportunities arising from emerging environmental technologies and practices.