© 2019 Black Country Chamber of Commerce

In association with Associate Events

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AWARD CATEGORIES

The Black Country is home to more than 1 Million people and has a thriving, diverse economy that spans a number of sectors from manufacturing to arts and leisure. In order to showcase the breadth and innovation across the region, the awards were divided into thirteen categories with an overall award to boot. Please read below for awards categories, descriptions and sponsors.

BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

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For business people who have demonstrated a high degree of entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future. The judges will be looking to identify an individual who has set up a business or has had a significant influence in the business, that has set and achieved objectives within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Your role within the business and how your career has developed to date

  • Two or more examples of projects or initiatives that you have led and their positive impact upon the business

  • Details of your biggest achievement(s) to date

SPONSORED BY

University of Wolverhampton Business School

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

This award recognises businesses that are committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and having a positive impact on the local area in which they operate.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Details on how your organisation benefits the community, society and/or environment

  • Evidence that shows the project or activities you have undertaken;

  • From activities that your organisation has taken part in, how have the challenges been overcome

  • The impact that CSR projects have had on the culture of both the organisation and the local area

SPONSORED BY

Black Country Business Festival

CUSTOMER COMMITMENT AWARD

Idea for those operating within the professional services sector, this award recognises those with a focus on customer service and care. It is designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and commitment in the ever important area of customer service.

The judges will be looking for:

  • A robust customer service strategy and evidence on how this is implemented

  • Evidence of strong business performance

  • How customer care is tied into staff development plans and how this has driven business growth

SPONSORED BY

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

EDUCATION & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP AWARD

This award recognises schools, further education colleges, universities and training providers that engage effectively with business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they work with businesses to help their pupils/customers gain an understanding of the world of work and develop the crucial employability skills that employers value.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Why engaging with business is important for your organisation

  • The level and type of engagement you have with the local business community

  • How employability skills are incorporated into the curriculum and learning more broadly

  • How the above impacts on pupils/customers

SPONSORED BY

Sandwell College

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

This award recognises companies of all sizes who excel in manufacturing or engineering performance. The judges will be looking at the processes in place that help your business achieve success.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Significant growth and/or expansion

  • The barriers your business has faced and overcome

  • The degree in which innovation and technology has improved processes and efficiencies

  • How sales and performance are measured in your organisation

SPONSORED BY

Crowe UK

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EXPORT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on  the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The level of exports when compared to the size and sector of your organisation

  • The barriers that have been overcome, e.g. languages

  • The degree to which products or services are new and markets non-traditional 

  • Innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets

SPONSORED BY

Wolverhampton Racecourse

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FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is open to businesses of all sizes, operating in any sector, that is family owned and run by two members of the family. Entrants will need to show how they are preparing the next generation of their family to ensure continued family ownership of the business. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate how the family businesses nature and values have contributed to success across the business.

The judges will be looking at:

  • How the family values influence the business

  • The Board and ownership structure of the business and how decisions are made

  • How the interests of the family are balanced against the interests of the business

SPONSORED BY

Burke Bros Moving Group

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HIGH GROWTH BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is open to businesses of all sizes and recognises businesses that have experienced  exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate the highest level of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Significant growth and/or expansion

  • Innovative products, services, applications, and/or operations

  • Financial performance

  • Plans for further growth/expansion

SPONSORED BY

Growth Hub

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LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Celebrating the contribution of large businesses to the Black Country / UK economy. This award recognises businesses who continue to build on their success. Open to any company with 250 employees who has demonstrated exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market prominence in its sector.

This Award will go to the company that best demonstrates the following:

  • An established market position

  • Excellent growth or expansion

  • Potential for sustained growth

  • Innovation in products, services or processes

  • Customer and staff engagement

  • Effective leadership and management

  • An ethical approach to business

  • Strong business results

  • Clarity of business plan

SPONSORED BY

Walsall College

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD

This award will look at businesses that demonstrate excellence in the professional services sector, that can show evidence of strong financial performance, excellent customer services and can identify what sets them apart from their competitors.

Open to organisations of any size, entries are encouraged from those that can demonstrate that their accomplishments are creating value in any aspect of their practice.

There is no definitive list of occupations, but examples include accountants, architects, dentists, engineering, healthcare, law, IT, investment and finance and training.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of how an investment in service excellence has had a positive impact on both your business and your customers

  • How your service compares to the industry standard and how it helps you to differentiate

  • How you evaluate and monitor service standards across the business

  • Your future plans for the business and how you will maintain a commitment to service excellence

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Open to organisations employing Less than 50 full time members of staff. This award will go to the company who has achieved consistent growth, whilst demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that they operate in.

The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates your products and services from that of your competitors

  • Evidence of strong managerial and financial performances

  • Innovative approaches that you have taken

  • Your company's potential for growth

  • Evidence of your commitment to staff

SPONSORED BY

Walsall College

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START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is for a company within their first 2 years of trading that has exceeded expectations at the start of their business’ lifecycle.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The training / support / workshop sessions you have accessed

  • Challenges that your business has faced

  • Current activity within your business to grow your product or service

SPONSORED BY

MSV Consulting

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YOUNG PERSON OR APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

This award recognises exceptional young employees (24 years or under). Entrants for this award may have overcome personal barriers or are making a difference in your organisation, but hard work and determination enables them to deserve recognition.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The approach to the learning and development of the Young Person or Apprentice within your organisation

  • Challenges faced by the individual and how they have been processed

  • Their achievements and how they were accomplished

  • The impact of the individual towards your organisation's objectives

SPONSORED BY

Dudley College of Technology

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BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

All award winners on the night are automatically included as finalists for this award which is then voted for by the Black Country Business Community.

SPONSORED BY

DY5

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Interested in sponsoring the 2019 awards?

There will be a range of sponsorship packages available including individual awards, table drinks, social media and more. To discuss the benefits of sponsorship, get in touch today.

01902 912 304   |   hello@bcccawards.co.uk

SPONSORED BY

Associate Events

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HEADLINE SPONSOR

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AWARD SPONSORS

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AFFILIATE SPONSORS

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