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This award will celebrate a business or individual who has made a significant impact on their community during the Covid-19 crisis through kindness or charitable activities.

We are looking for examples of acts of kindness and caring for those affected by the impact of the pandemic.

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Projects or initiatives to support the most vulnerable members of the community

  • Activities which have made a tangible difference to individuals or communities across the Black Country 

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Celebrating Black Country Heroes in Business

13TH NOVEMBER 2020

AWARD CATEGORIES

In April we launched our search for Black Country Business Heroes: those people, places, products and companies going the extra mile to help with the Coronavirus crisis, and as the region and the country pulled together to help supply PPE for the NHS and care system, packed and distributed food and essentials for the most vulnerable, and worked together to try and make lives better for the many people struggling and suffering with the crisis.

 

We have heard some of the most amazing, touching and heroic stories from Black Country businesses and we want to continue to celebrate the contribution these people and organisations make to the wellbeing of our economy. 

 

What more fitting a way is there to do this than through one of the most significant Awards celebration in the Black Country?

 

The exciting award categories are shown opposite. Nominations are now closed.

1. Business Hero Award – Large Business

This award recognises and celebrates the contribution and impact a large business (with 51 or more full-time employees) has made to the region during 2020.  

 

In particular, the award is for businesses who have adapted their outputs or workforce to support the national effort during the COVID-19 emergency, have played a role in supporting vulnerable members of the community or demonstrated its resilience in the face of new pressures, demands or challenges.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Adaptative and responsive leadership

  • Details of projects or initiatives which have made a positive impact to the community

  • How the business responded during the lockdown period and responding to the collective national effort to tackle COVID-19

  • The ways in which the business has adapted to the challenges and pressures of operating in a rapidly altered trading environment

 

2. Business Hero Award – Small Business

This award recognises and celebrates the contribution and impact that a small business (of 50 or fewer full-time employees) has made to the region during 2020.  

 

In particular, the award is for businesses who have adapted their outputs or workforce to support the national effort during the COVID-19 emergency, have played a role in supporting vulnerable members of the community or demonstrated its resilience in the face of new pressures, demands or challenges.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Adaptative and responsive leadership

  • Details of projects or initiatives which have made a positive impact to the community

  • How the business responded during the lockdown period and responding to the collective national effort to tackle COVID-19

  • The ways in which the business has adapted to the challenges and pressures of operating in a rapidly altered trading environment

 

3. Business Hero Award – Family Business

This award recognises and celebrates the contribution and impact a family-owned and run business has made to the region during 2020.  

 

In particular, the award is for businesses who have adapted their outputs or workforce to support the national effort during the COVID-19 emergency, have played a role in supporting vulnerable members of the community or demonstrated its resilience in the face of new pressures, demands or challenges.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Adaptative and responsive leadership

  • Details of projects or initiatives which have made a positive impact to the community

  • How the business responded during the lockdown period and responding to the collective national effort to tackle COVID-19

  • The ways in which the business has adapted to the challenges and pressures of operating in a rapidly altered trading environment

 
 

5. Business Hero Award –

Start-Up Business

This award recognises and celebrates the contribution that a Start-Up business impact has made to the region during 2020.  

 

In particular, the award is for a new business who has been trading for no more than two years and has adapted their outputs or focus to support the national effort during the COVID-19 emergency, played a role in supporting vulnerable members of the community or demonstrated its resilience in the face of new pressures, demands or challenges.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Adaptative and responsive leadership from the business owner(s) / director(s)

  • Details of projects or initiatives which have made a positive impact to the community

  • How the business responded during the lockdown period to the collective national effort to tackle COVID-19

  • The ways in which the business has adapted to the challenges and pressures of operating in a rapidly altered trading environment including details of new initiatives, business planning or other strategies to build resilience 

 

6. Business Hero Award – Retail Resiliance

This award recognises a retail business, high street or Business Improvement District which has demonstrated adaptability and resilience during the lockdown period in order to stay open, ensure service is maintained or expanded its customer base.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Projects, initiatives, products or solutions which have ensured that service is delivered with minimal disruption to the customer

  • Examples of going the extra mile to ensure that vulnerable or shielding individuals and customers were still serviced

  • Strategies and plans for operating during social distancing

  • New ways of operating 

 

7. Business Hero Award –

Business Hero of the Year

This award recognises and celebrates a Business Leader or member of the business community who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and drive during the COVID-19 emergency to ensure that they, or their business makes a clear and positive impact to the community and remained resilient during 2020.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Visionary leadership and determination to succeed in the face of resilience

  • An individual’s ability to motivate and engage with teams, clients and suppliers during the lockdown period

  • The contribution the individual has made to support both the business and wider community in 2020

 

8. Business Hero Award –

Young Business Hero of the Year

This award recognises and celebrates a Young person (aged 25 or under)  working in a Black Country business who has demonstrated drive, adaptability and resilience or inspired others during 2020 and championed the Black Country.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Aspiring talent or individuals in the early stages of their career

  • Examples of how the individual’s work has positively impacted others or the business 

  • The individual’s role in championing the Black Country business communities needs and priorities

  • Recognising an individual from the region who  has made a significant difference and contribution to the region.

 

9. Business Hero Award –

 Collaboration or Partnership

Collaborations and partnership working between businesses and organisations is often a key to success. This award recognises a collaboration or partnership between two businesses who have joined forces on a project or initiative in order to build resilience into their organisations and work together to make a difference during the COVID-19 emergency.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Adaptative and responsive leadership from each business which enabled the partnership to be successful

  • Details of projects or initiatives as a result of the collaboration which supported the national effort to tackle COVID-19

  • The ways in which the collaboration enabled each partner to adapt to the challenges and pressures of operating in a rapidly altered trading environment including details of new initiatives, business planning or other strategies to build resilience 

 

10. Business Hero Award –

Outstanding Key Worker

This award recognises an individual working within a Black Country business or organisation who was identified as a key worker and went above and beyond during the lockdown and COVID-19 emergency.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  •  Services, initiatives or products which were designed and produced in response to the national request for support across key product categories

  • How adaptive and innovative leadership by the business resulted in the quick evolution of systems or processes to support the new outputs

  •  What challenges did the business face in altering its activity to successfully deliver outputs which had a real impact

 

11. Business Hero Award – 

Adaptability & Innovation

 

Celebrating a business of any size that has overcome the challenges faced during the pandemic by innovating and adapting their offer or services during these turbulent times.

We are looking for examples of how you have diversified, innovated or created fresh opportunities to ensure the survival of the business and developed a new direction or vision.

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Services, initiatives or products which were designed and produced in response to the national request for support across key product categories

  • How adaptive and innovative leadership by the business resulted in the quick evolution of systems or processes to support the new outputs

  • What challenges did the business face in altering its activity to successfully deliver outputs which had a real impact

12. Business Hero Award –

Kindness in the Community

 

13. Business Hero Award

Exceptional Employee/Team

 

This award will celebrate an employee or team that have gone above and beyond during the last 6 months, supporting colleagues, the business or the broader community with their positive actions. 

We would like to recognise key workers, staff based in the workplace or those working from home, who have not only demonstrated resilience during these testing times, but also excelled in keeping everything and everyone else going.

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • The role and type of work the employee/ team carries out

  • How the work of the employee/ team has changed during COVID-19

  • What the employee/ team did during the emergency to support others, the business or the broader community with their positive actions 

4. Business Hero Award – International Trade

This award recognises the outstanding success in internationally trading locally-created goods or services during the global lockdown.  In particular, the award is for a business which has adapted to changes in global trading conditions and continued to promote the Black Country region to the world.

 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of:

  • Ability to react to adverse trading restrictions during the lockdown period

  • Details of projects, export wins or other activity which reached new markets or expanded client portfolios 

  • Examples of trading barriers during lockdown and how the business overcame them

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