Award Categories 2018

On Friday 9th November 2018 we will be celebrating the best in business in Lowestoft & Waveney. There are awards this year to suit everyone whether you have entered your own company, business, store, project or education facility or have nominated another you feel deserves the recognition, from the newest of businesses to the more established there's something here for you.

For the 11th Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Business Awards we have the following categories: 

To see the previous winners and finalists please click here.

Peter Aldous MP for Lowestoft & Waveney
is delighted to be sponsoring the
Apprentice / Trainee of the Year Award 

 

Peter Aldous MP for Waveney has been both a Waveney District Councillor and a Suffolk County Councillor, where he was Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group.

Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Waveney in 2010 and re-elected in 2015 & 2017.

Peter has been campaigning strongly in Waveney on infrastructure, broadband, renewable energy, green manifesto, fishing, railways and supports wholeheartedly many local projects and campaigns for local people.

He is very passionate about Waveney and is delighted to once again support our Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award recognising and commending an apprentice’s/trainees contribution to their place of work. 

Award Criteria

The Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award acknowledges and celebrates an apprentice’s/trainees exceptional contribution to their workplace.

To be nominated for this award the candidate must be currently undertaking an apprenticeship/training programme in an organisation within Lowestoft & Waveney.

Evidence needs to show that the applicant has demonstrated to their employer:

  • Their inspirational qualities through commitment to their own personal development

  • How they make outstanding contributions to their workplace

  • Meet or exceed expectations of their employer

  • Make suggestions/contributions towards business improvement

  • Show a high level of achievement and attainment in learning and work

This category is open to all businesses regardless of sector or size and with no age limits for the apprentice/trainee.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Waveney District Council are delighted
to 
be our Headline Sponsors sponsoring
the Business of the Year Award
                     

 

2018 marks a decade of successful, cutting-edge partnership working between Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, culminating next year in the creation of a single ‘super district council’ delivering the best possible services for local communities across the whole of East Suffolk.  

Both Councils recognise East Suffolk has a strong and diverse local economy with both outstanding economic assets and opportunities for future growth.  Their Economic Growth Plan (2018-2023) sets out the framework to achieve this growth and they are proud to work to a vision that “businesses across East Suffolk will have the confidence to invest and grow, creating opportunities for people of all ages and improving further the quality of life in an outstanding environment”.

Reflecting their commitment to the delivery of this vision, they are pleased to announce the first ever East Suffolk Business Festival.  Running from 29th October to 9th November, the Festival aims to raise the profile of the East Suffolk business community and seeks to connect business support and training agents together through a dedicated 10 day events programme.

To celebrate the finale of the Business Festival, Waveney District Council is delighted to be Headline Sponsors of our 2018 Business Awards and are sponsoring the highest accolade of the evening, the Business of the Year Award.

Award Criteria

Our Headline Sponsors Waveney District Council wish to recognise and reward the most outstanding business that has entered our awards in 2018.

Winning the overall Business of the Year is recognition of outstanding achievement in business to date proving sustainable growth within our region, with potential to grow even more. Judges will look for evidence of good business vision, good leadership, innovative ideas and continuous investment.

Open to all organisations within Lowestoft & Waveney. This award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in.

The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors
  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Potential for growth
  • Evidence of the businesses commitment to staff

A panel at Waveney District Council will select three finalists from all individuals and businesses that have entered the business of the year award and will award the title of Business of the Year to the one business who they feel deserves the highly acclaimed accolade.

The Business of the Year will be judged by our Headline Sponsors Waveney District Council and their decision will be final.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Lowestoft Rising are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Business Person of the Year Award 

 

Lowestoft Rising comprises of a group of five public sector partners - Suffolk Police, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Waveney District Council, Suffolk County Council and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (known locally as Health East) - which work together in a new and unique way.

Its aim is to create a significantly improved quality of life for everybody growing up, living in, working in, visiting and investing in Lowestoft.

Award Criteria

The Business Person of the Year Award recognises a person that has made an outstanding contribution toward or has been instrumental in the success of a business.

This award will be presented to:

An individual over the age of 35 years old who has provided evidence and shown examples of the following qualities:

  • Exceptional vision
  • Business flair
  • Leadership
  • A pioneering approach to business
  • Development of new initiatives
  • Evidence of exceeding customer expectations
  • Raising your organisation's profile

In either:

  • Their own business
  • A leadership role within a local company

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

 

East Coast College are delighted to be sponsoring the
Commitment to Skills & Staff Development Award                                                            

 

 

The professional and technical training and skills landscape has made an exciting step forward in the East of England through the merger of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Colleges to form East Coast College (ECC).

East Coast College prides itself on its ability to better equip students for university, an apprenticeship and their profession:  through the development of soft skills, character and attitude, combined with top quality technical and professional training, ECC really is focused on turning a ‘passion to a profession’.

ECC is a partner college of the University of Suffolk, offering degrees and HNDs to local adults wishing to develop or start a new career. And for those returning to education, the college has a host of Access courses that provide the all-important spring board and study skills to start a degree.                 

Award Criteria

This award will be given to a company that has demonstrated excellence in its approach to workforce development.

Entrants are asked to demonstrate:

  • Why workforce development training is important to their organisation
  • How training needs and skills requirements are assessed and then implemented
  • The direct benefit gained by the individual
  • The direct benefit gained by the organisation
  • How self-development is encouraged

By doing so they could receive the reward for committing to their staff development.

This category is open to all businesses regardless of sector or size.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

EDF Energy Sizewell C are delighted
to be 
sponsoring the
Community Pride Award                                               

 

Energy drives development, which is why the UK is committed to developing a low-carbon system that makes sure enough energy is available, affordably.

By 2030, many of the UK’s power stations are expected to close and will need to be replaced to ensure there is enough electricity supply to meet the demands of homes and businesses.

Sizewell C would be one of the biggest and most technologically complex construction projects ever built in the UK, generating locally apprenticeships, jobs, and business and skills opportunities.

Award Criteria

This award is open to any companies, charities or volunteer groups irrespective of size or sector who are actively engaged in putting something back into the local community to make Lowestoft & Waveney a prosperous area.

The winner of this award will be able to clearly demonstrate and provide evidence of how they support and work with their local community - building relationships with residents, schools and/or community groups, either by helping to increase the employment opportunities for local people, providing training or re-training, support groups, donating used equipment, helping to renovate parks, clearing up rubbish, donations or sponsorship of local causes – the list is endless.

Entrants are asked to provide evidence of the following:

  • How your company practices good citizenship
  • Your commitment outside of normal business practice to local people, places or events that is not aimed directly at improving your own business profit, but the quality of life in the local community
  • What the impact your work has on the local community

By doing so they could receive the Community Pride Award.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Pleasurewood Hills are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Enterprise in Education Award 

     

Pleasurewood Hills is a family theme park set in 50 acres of enclosed coastal parkland in Lowestoft. It is the home of the tallest, fastest and most extreme roller coaster in the East of England.

The park was created over 30 years ago and is today one of East Anglia’s largest and most popular tourist attractions, with Woody Bear one of the region’s most popular mascots welcoming guests on a daily basis and ensuring they have an exciting fun packed day out, full of precious family memories.

Award Criteria

Eligibility includes: All schools, colleges and training providers in Lowestoft and Waveney currently developing the skills of their students and learners towards future success within the workplace.

The Enterprise in Education Award will recognise an organisation that has the student’s future at its heart. It will maximise its STEM delivery through innovation which will ultimately provide them with a rich and varied career pathway. The successful organisation will provide evidence of reaching outside the classroom to enhance, enrich and embed curriculum making links with business, creatively supporting students to relate their learning to the real world of work.

Examples of evidence are to include:

  • Linkage with employers
  • Working with other schools / colleges / universities
  • Linkage with the community
  • Projects delivery incorporating STEM and work related soft skills
  • Outlining activities that raise student aspirations
  • How the learning experience encourages students entrepreneurial spirit
  • Other actions helping deliver a more enriched enterprise education

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for school/college entries due to half terms is 12th October 2018 - good luck to all entrants!

Excellence in Customer Service Award 
(1-10 employees)

 

 

Award Criteria

This award is open to all sector businesses who employ 1-10 members of staff and have a strong customer-focused ethos, a company that strives to improve customer service or does something different for their clients.

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their business and show evidence of:

  • Key points of their customer care policy
  • How they go above and beyond customer expectations, ensuring that everything that the company does has the customer at its core
  • Processes in place to train and monitor their team to ensure continual improvement in customer care
  • How they deal with customer care issues and evidence of positive response
  • How they set targets for customer care and service and does everyone in the company understand how their individual actions impact on these targets

Evidence could include examples of customer testimonials, feedback and evaluation.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Excellence in Customer Service Award 
(11+ employees)

 

 

Award Criteria

This award is open to all sector businesses who employ over 11 members of staff and have a strong customer-focused ethos, a company that strives to improve customer service or does something different for their clients.

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their business and show evidence of:

  • Key points of their customer care policy
  • How they go above and beyond customer expectations, ensuring that everything that the company does has the customer at its core
  • How they deal with customer care issues and evidence of positive response
  • How they set targets for customer care and service

Evidence could include examples of customer testimonials, feedback and evaluation.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Kier are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Family Business of the Year Award                          

 

 

Kier Group plc is a leading property, residential, construction and services group which invests in, builds, maintains and renews the places where we work, live and play.  They operate across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities.

Award Criteria

This award will recognise and celebrate the unique contribution family businesses have made to Lowestoft & Waveney’s economy, history and culture. For a family business, more than any other, values are the connective tissue - the source of your success, your commitment, and your longevity. 

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their family business, to include length of trading/history and evidence of any of the following areas:

  • What differentiates their family’s business products or services from those of their competitors?
  • What is their family vision for the future of the business and what plans are in place with regards to succession planning?
  • Brand values – To what extent does their brand reflect their family values and how do they promote their family values in marketing & promotions?
  • Have next generation family members brought new ways of working or innovation to the business? If so, how has this impacted on the business?

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants! 

ABP Ports are delighted to be
sponsoring the
Growing Business Award 

 

 

Situated directly opposite major Continental ports, the Port of Lowestoft serves the busy sea routes between the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States. The port is home to the Operation and Maintenance Base for Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm and to a substantial fleet of offshore standby / support vessels. The port's Inner and Outer Harbours accommodate project and specialised cargoes.


Award Criteria

A growing and investing business is an important part of a successful economy, whether its job security for staff, helping with increasing employment in the community or a positive impact on local supply chain. 

This award will recognise any size business in any sector that can demonstrate and show evidence of growth, innovation or investment in Waveney through either investment or additional funding, acquisition, new premises, developing innovative products, improving existing products and services to increase their product range, use of business mentors, recruitment of staff or training staff to meet customer needs, selling products online all which in turn lead to a growing business.

Entrants are asked to provide a brief summary of their business and how it is growing and if possible include:

  • Turnover for last financial year
  • Forecasted turnover for current financial year

Showing evidence of: (include only those applicable)

  • Investment / Additional funding / Acquisition / Premises
  • Product Innovation and/or improvement / increase range of services
  • Use of business mentors / recruitment of staff / staff training
  • Introduction of online sales opportunities / social media promotions

If trading internationally please include:

  • Number of years operating / trading overseas
  • Estimated percentage turnover due to international trade last year (if applicable)
  • The locations where you operate / trade internationally (200 words max)

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

 

Roundhouse are delighted to be
sponsoring the
Tourism
 / Hospitality / Leisure Award                         

                   

Round House Limited is an independent family owned and run Fabrication Company with more than 50 years of engineering experience under their belts. They're passionate about fabrication and their 28,000 sq. ft. workshop space and purpose built offices enable them to provide ISO 9001 approved manufacturing services, including steel and stainless steel fabrication, with some of the largest laser cutting and folding capabilities in the East of England.

For over 50 years they have been providing their services to a range of different industry sectors including offshore, oil and gas; energy, food and packaging, sports and leisure, automotive, horticultural, marine and ministry of defence.

Award Criteria

Covering all aspects of tourism, hospitality and leisure including culture, this award will recognise excellence in these specific areas as well as looking for evidence of promoting Lowestoft and/or Waveney as a tourist destination that in turn drives economic growth. Entrants are asked to provide evidence of their services/facilities that offer any the following:

  • A unique visitor experience
  • Leisure/cultural facilities for locals and tourists
  • High quality accommodation
  • Service of delicious food or a unique dining experience
  • Recognise innovative ways of attracting new visitors through the use of technology and social media
  • Evidence of customer feedback

Roundhouse would like to recognise the commitment that you have shown to our tourism and hospitality industry and to win an award will help showcase your product and raise awareness of Lowestoft and/or Waveney.

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

 

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Lovewell Blake are delighted
to be sponsoring the
Most Promising New Business Award               

 

Lovewell Blake was established more than 20 years before the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), becoming a founder member. Lovewell Blake is reputed to be the oldest accountancy firm retaining its original name. As one of the region’s leading firms of independent chartered accountants, they have the resources and expertise to handle all your needs. They have specialists in all areas of accounting, auditing and tax planning who can be contacted at any one of their local offices.

They advise on all aspects of business, with special expertise for family businesses so important to the East Anglian economy. They help individual clients with tax planning and managing their wealth.

 

Award Criteria

This Award celebrates new companies that have been operating for three years or less within Lowestoft & Waveney.

It will recognise new entrepreneurs and business whose initial targets for growth and financial performance have been reached or exceeded during their lifetime of trading so far.

Entrants are asked to provide evidence of:

  • The background of their business and the research undertaken when the business was in development
  • How start-up was achieved
  • How the company has performed and growth to date
  • Strength and stability of business
  • Understanding of the market in which they operate
  • Vision / Strategy for future development/projections
  • Funding arrangements and investment plans for the business

By doing so they could receive the reward for successfully setting up their own business.


To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Archant are delighted to be
sponsoring the Recognition of
Lifetime Achievement Award 

 

 

Archant is one of the UK's largest independently-owned regional media businesses. It is a community media company active in the fields of regional newspapers, magazines and websites, specialist and customer publishing, contract printing, event management, digital publishing and related activities. Archant can trace its roots back over 165 years and today remains one of the country’s largest independent media businesses. As a private company it employs 1850 people right across England. Its head office is in Norwich and has an annual turnover of £142 million. Archant produces four daily regional newspapers and around 50 weekly titles with a combined circulation of 1.7 million copies every week. It is a UK top seven regional newspaper publisher.

Archant is delighted to be sponsoring the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award and is dedicating it as a tribute to their much loved former Journal Editor Mr Barry Hartley. Barry edited The Journal for 17 years - the fourth longest stint of all editors in The Journal’s 138-year history - between 1985 and 2002.

 

Award Criteria

This accolade recognises long time serving people in our local business community.

These awards will honour one local individual who deserves to be recognised for their lifetime of unrelenting commitment, hard work, talent and contributions to either of the following or similar:

  • The success of their own business or the company they work/worked for
  • Their contributions to local community projects or charitable organisations
  • Their dedication to Lowestoft and/or Waveney to make it a nicer place to live and work

Who will be recognised for their Lifetime Achievement and Commitment to Lowestoft and/or Waveney in 2018?

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!

Ivy House Country Hotel are delighted
to be sponsoring the Young
Entrepreneur of the Year Award 

 

 

 

Hidden on the banks of Oulton Broad in 21 acres of beautiful surroundings, Ivy House Country Hotel is the perfect place to stay or visit to enjoy fantastic hospitality, local attractions, relaxing walks and great food.

Purchased in July 2013 by Dr Adrian Parton MBE and now very much a family business, the team at Ivy House Country Hotel focuses on excellence in customer service to provide their guests with the best stay possible.

Award Criteria

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises the excellent work of young professionals who show considerable promise as potential future leaders. The award was open to individuals under the age of 35 years/born before 31st December 1983. This could be someone who has started up their own business or has made an outstanding contribution toward or has been instrumental in the success of a business.

This award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional vision, business flair and leadership in either:

  • Their own business
  • A leadership role within a local company

Evidence was asked to show examples of:

  • Business flair
  • Leadership
  • Development of new initiatives
  • Evidence of exceeding customer expectations
  • Raising the organisations profile

Could you be our Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018?

To Enter…

Download the Business Awards Application Form by clicking on the link below.

Please email your completed forms including evidence to:

Michelle Gardner michelle@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Or by post to:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney
Waveney Chambers
Waveney Road
Lowestoft
NR32 1BN

 

Please note the closing date for entries is the end of September - good luck to all entrants!