February 22, 2012 by oswestrychamberoftrade
THE OSWESTRY & Border Chronicle Business Awards 2012 are officially launched today as we search for the very best in business across our circulation region. We want to celebrate the rich resource of skills and people who thrive and prosper in today’s challenging marketplace.
Launched with Oswestry Chamber of Commerce the awards will be held in conjunction with the Lion Quays Waterside Resort. A glittering awards ceremony will be held at the resort on Thursday, April 26 when finalists will be competing for six major trophies.
Whether employing a handful of staff or a workforce of hundreds; whether turning over thousands of pounds or millions of pounds; operating in a new service sector or a long established area of manufacturing, we want to hear from you.
The key ingredient is that your business must be mainly or wholly based in The Chronicle circulation area.
All the lucky finalists, together with our sponsors and other representatives from the business community, will enjoy hospitality at the Lion Quays Resort in April when the winners will be announced and awards presented.
Graham Breeze, the Chronicle’s associate editor said he was delighted that the resort had agreed to host the event and that the Chamber of Commerce was involved.
“The Chronicle will be celebrating its first birthday in March and this new partnership emphasises the regard in which the newspaper is held by the business community,” he said.
“There will be awards for innovation, best use of digital technology, customer service and environmental awareness.
“There will also be overall awards for both small and large employers who can demonstrate successful performance.”
The awards have been welcomed by the Chamber of Commerce. Martin Anderson, chairman, said he was looking forward to helping plan the awards scheme.
“This is a really good chance for businesses to gain recognition and as a chamber we will be delighted to be involved.”
Lyn Pearson, marketing and events manager at The Lion Quays said: “We are pleased to be able to support and host the Chronicle Business Awards.
“This will be Oswestry’s first major business awards event and holding it at The Lion Quays gives us the opportunity to showcase the outstanding facilities that we have available.”
How To Enter
THE COMPETITION, which is free to take part in, is open to all companies and organisations based in the distribution/circulation area of Oswestry & Border Chronicle.
Whether trading in Oswestry, Welshpool or any of the surrounding villages we want to hear from you.
Click on link to DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM
Decide which categories you would like to enter and check the criteria on this page. Write your entry using one side only of A4 sheets of paper up to a maximum of 500 words, explaining why your business deserves to win the award for that particular category.
Attach a new form for each category you are entering and send them as hard copy to: Business Club Awards 2012, Oswestry & Border Chronicle, 14 Salop Street, Oswestry SY11 2NU. Alternatively you can scan the entry form and email it with your entry of not more than 500 words to awards2012@ oswestrychronicle.co.uk. Entries must be received by the close of business on Friday, March 16, 2012. No business may enter more than two categories in total. Sponsors cannot enter their own category.
What happens next?
Judging of the entries will take place soon after the closing date. The judging panel will consist of representatives from Oswestry & Border Chronicle, Oswestry Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors and an independent adjudicator.
The judging panel will select the finalists and winner in each category. All finalists will be notified by the end of March and the line-up will be revealed in the Oswestry & Border Chronicle before the Easter holiday.
Each finalist will receive free places to the awards evening, with the option to purchase a limited number of extra seats.
For more information call 01691 668094.
Green Business Award:
The judges are looking for companies that have balanced today’s commercial demands with environmental awareness resulting in a positive impact on the business. Entrants should be able to demonstrate they are eco-friendly, have tackled issues such as waste costs and re-cycling, and know exactly how their energy bills are spent.
This award is open to any company that has developed a new idea, product or way of operating which is completely different. The judges will expect to see the impact this had on the business performance, probably involving new technologies, and be confident of future plans.
Best Use of Digital Technology:
This award is open to any company that has been trading for at least 12 months and can show how digital investment, either as a supplier or end user, has transformed the business. This might be a company where technology is the core activity or it might be an organisation where information systems have had a significant impact on efficiency and/or profitability.
Customer Service Award:
Businesses entering this category need to illustrate their commitment to, and achievement of, outstanding customer service. Everything an organisation does to win, satisfy and retain customers will be considered.
Best Small Business:
The award will go to a small business, up to 10 employees, demonstrating a high level of success in its sector. It should be able to illustrate a competitive advantage and have plans for future expansion, including growing market share. Innovative, forward thinking and progressive are the best labels for this winner.
Business of the Year:
The judges are looking for an established, successful business that has displayed an outstanding performance and become an example of best practice in the region. The winning company will combine inspirational leadership with a dedicated workforce, creative marketing with a smart use of new technologies, product/service innovation with a first class commitment to customer service.
LION QUAYS Waterside Resort, near Oswestry, is a renowned hotel and wedding venue, but also boasts a five-star country club and spa.Lion Quays will also host the business awards ceremony.
The winners will be announced at an evening of celebration to be held at Lion Quays on Thursday, April 26. This will include a drinks reception, three-course meal and the awards ceremony, courtesy of the Lion Quays. Runners-up will receive a certificate and winners receive a trophy.
There will be extensive coverage of the awards event in the Oswestry & Border Chronicle.
The formula for relaxation at Lion Quays is simple; luxurious individually-designed bedrooms, a new-generation spa with snow cave, top-class therapists, a 72-station Technogym and bespoke standards of service which surprise and delight.
Lion Quays Spa was awarded a 5-out-of-5 bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide. As well as a new treatment menu offering a wide range of signature treatments, it is also home to the UK’s first Decleor Spa Shop.
Imagine a hotel where you can arrive by boat at a mooring on the picturesque Llangollen canal, or by road from anywhere in the Midlands.
Offering guests a choice of restaurants – from a family-friendly traditional waterside bar and grill, to an intimate contemporary brasserie with outside dining terrace.
Whether you’re visiting Lion Quays to celebrate your wedding, dine al fresco in the choice of restaurants, attend a conference, workout in the gym, visit the country club or relax in the spa, you’ll be glad you found the resort. Discover Lion Quays today – www.lionquays.co.uk
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