The Working4Business Awards are back for 2020!

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Now in it's fourth consecutive year, the Working4Business Awards provide a platform for local businesses to shine. The talent, determination and innovation witnessed in previous year's entries has been outstanding and the awards provide a real opportunity for local businesses to showcase their success. The event will be held on Friday 22 May 2020 at Clydebank's iconic Town Hall, with Scottish comedian Karen Dunbar entertaining guests at the prestigious black tie event. We are delighted to announce that our principal sponsor for 2020 is Vital Energi

Local businesses can enter for free and submit up to 3 applications from the 10 categories, which include:

The closing date for submitting applications is Friday 28th February 2020.

Don't worry if you don't know where to start with your application, this year Working4Business are running free workshops to help submit that winning entry. The Application Preparation Workshops will be held on 4 February and 11 February in Titan Enterprise, Clydebank, providing guidance and support from a Business Consultant to help you prepare your application and give you the best chance for success. To book your place, email info@working4business.com or call 01389 737777.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convenor of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development for the Council, said: "I look forward to the Working4Business Awards each year as it is always such an inspiring event, when I have the opportunity to hear about the fantastic work going on throughout West Dunbartonshire."

"I am always extremely impressed by the creative thinking and innovation and I know from chatting to the people who have attended in previous years that they leave the event with refreshed energy and determination to achieve success in their own business."

Winners will be unveiled at a glittering awards dinner on Friday 22nd May 2020 at Clydebank Town Hall where we will be welcoming back Karen Dunbar as host for the evening.

Good luck, we look forward to receiving your application for 2020. If you would like to request an application form, more information or to book your place on the preparation workshops please email the Working4Business team at info@working4business.com or telephone 01389 737777.

 

Business Awards 2020 Categories

Most Promising New Business Award 

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.

To download the application form, please click here

Best Small Business (1-5 employees) 

This award is intended to highlight successful businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area employing between 1 to 5 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 also important.  The winner will demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics with dynamic and measurable systems in place to monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.

To download the application form, please click here

Best Medium Business (6-25 employees) 

This award is intended to highlight successful businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area employing between 6 to 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.

To download the application form, please click here

Best Large Business (over 25 employees) 

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.

To download the application form, please click here

Best Family Business Award 

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.

To download the application form, please click here

Employer of the Year Award 

This award will be given to the business that has created a stimulating and supportive work environment and can demonstrate excellence in leadership & management.

Businesses will have to show the commitment to developing its staff through skills and personal development resulting in high staff satisfaction levels and a well-motivated, ambitious and integrated workforce.

To download the application form, please click here

Developing the Young Workforce 

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. 

To download the application form, please click here

Best Food & Drink Provider 

This award is open to West Dunbartonshire based businesses that manufacture or provide high quality food and drink products. Businesses should be able to demonstrate a real passion for food and drink and exceptional customer service.

The applicant should also be able to show an ambition to improve the products or services that would result in increased performance. This award is open to food and drink manufacturers, producers, cafes, restaurants etc.

To download the application form, please click here

Young Business Person of the Year Award 

This award is open to dynamic young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 (as at 1st January 2020) running a business. The applicant should be able to demonstrate great success, high degree of entrepreneurship, creativity and drive in growing their business.

Young Business Person of the Year Award will be given to an individual who has set up a business with an ambitious vision and succeeded at achieving objectives set within the business plan.

To download the application form, please click here

Innovation in Business Award 

This award is open to businesses that have either implemented a new product/service or amended an existing product/service or introduced a new way of working in an innovative manner. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that the  innovation has resulted in for example an improved service,  increased market share,  reduced costs,  increased turnover or more efficient processes.

To download the application form, please click here

Dunbartonshire Chamber Business of the Year (West) 2020  

This award is for Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce Member Businesses based in West Dunbartonshire.

It will recognise companies with a dynamic and proactive approach to business and will be awarded to a company which demonstrates all-round business excellence. Entrants will be Chamber Members that can demonstrate effectiveness in business (ie. strong growth in number of employees and/or revenue and profits and/or customer / visitor numbers) and a clear vision for the future of the business with a focus on innovation, the ability to diversify and/or reach new markets. Entrants will also have a keen focus on staff development and will score more highly if they can demonstrate a positive contribution to the community (including business community) and/or the economy of West Dunbartonshire.

The winner will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges made up of Chamber Board Directors and Associates.

Chamber members who wish to be considered for this award should email: admin@dunbartonshirechamber.co.uk in the first instance.

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