How to enter



There are ten categories to choose from and you can enter a maximum of three categories per business.

Please read through the category descriptions below, select the category you wish to enter from the list, then click ENTER NOW . You'll need to register and set up your account the first time you do this.

Registering your account

When registering, you will receive an email which will have a click-through link and a validation code to validate your account. You will need to complete this step before you can start your nomination. If you do not receive the validation email, please email louise.cains@reachplc.com.

Completing your entry

You can save draft entries and return to edit them as often as you wish before submitting. All you need to do is click on the YOUR ACCOUNT tab on the menu banner and this will take you through to your dashboard where you will find all your draft entries and submitted entries.

When you have finished writing your entry and you are ready to submit, you'll need to agree to the terms and conditions then click the COMPLETE button at the bottom of the page. If your entry is still in draft, you will need to click MOVE TO BASKET at the top of the entry before you can click the COMPLETE button.

If you forget your password, please use the reset password link on the login page.

IMPORTANT INFO - PLEASE READ:

  • Maximum word counts are shown below the entry box for each question.
  • A business can be submitted into a maximum of three categories however please tailor your entry according to the category in order to meet judges requirements.
  • Sponsoring companies are not permitted to enter the category they are sponsoring.
  • Entries can be submitted by the business directly or by a third party (agent, client etc).
  • Successful nominations will be notified following the judging session in July.

Categories


 

This award will go to the company that believes their environment is the best place to work, whether this is through their workplace set up or through a home working system.

The judges will be interested in how the company establishes credibility in terms of vision, communication and co-ordinating activities, how employees are treated with respect and equality, how a company encourages employees to take pride in their work, how the atmosphere created is conducive to a successful team environment and employees wellbeing and safety.

Following the challenges and achievements of a national lockdown with many businesses having to move to a home working model, we will also consider entries that can demonstrate how they successfully handled the lockdown and the move to working remotely, how they kept in contact with their teams and any new initiatives put in place to help keep their teams engaged and taking pride in their work.The award is also open to those businesses who already used flexible working practices prior to lockdown and how this helped their approach.

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This category will reward the company that has developed the most innovative new product, system or process over the past year, and can demonstrate the positive impact it has had on the business. Given the challenging six months, judges will also be looking at the work that has been done to mitigate (or in some cases, capitalise on) the impact of Covid-19 on people, processes and profit, as well as long-term planning.

Judges will be looking for businesses that can show:

  • A clear vision of what the innovation project, product, system or process had to achieve.
  • How the product was developed.
  • Gains in revenue or market share.
  • The overall benefits to the business or its customer.

They will also be interested in how innovation and agility is embraced within the culture of the business.

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The Business Of The Year Award is open to companies with 25 or more employees from the county.

The judges will be interested in innovative products, services and processes as well as expansion into new markets and different areas of business activity.

Our judges will be considering the challenges and achievements of, but not limited to, the past six - 12 months. The winner will have also demonstrated the work that has been done to mitigate (or in some cases, capitalise on) the impact of Covid-19 on people, processes and profit, as well as long-term planning.

Our judges will also be looking at the agility of the business for their people and the future. We want to hear about what they have done to protect their business and their people and what is in place to build on in 2021. We also want to hear what they have done that has supported their wider community (so fundraising, for example, or diversification to home deliveries/online ordering).

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This award will recognise the business who has demonstrated responsible business practices across the four areas of local community, environment, their people and supply chain.

Judges will look for evidence of a contribution to the overall well-being of the community, its environment and general quality of life. Applicants must demonstrate a working partnership using positive influences to support suppliers and other partners to adopt best environmental, workplace and community practice.

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The Employee Of The Year award has been designed to celebrate someone who really makes a difference to their business and who deserves recognition. It might be someone whose attitude and example really stimulates all those around him or her. Equally, it could be someone who has overcome real difficulties, or someone who shows exceptional customer service.

Tell us about new ideas and helpful suggestions they have come up with that have helped improve productivity, safety, workflow, efficiency, profitability, or enhanced the overall success of the enterprise.

Describe how this employee consistently assists and works with fellow employees without having to be asked; eagerly participates in group or team projects; and thinks of others and the needs of the enterprise before thinking of self.

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This award is open to first generation family owned companies, multi-generational businesses and publicly owned firms in which founding families still hold a significant stake.

Our judges will be considering the challenges and achievements of, but not limited to, the past six -12 months. The winner will have demonstrated the work that has been done to mitigate (or in some cases, capitalise on) the impact of Covid-19 on people, processes and profit, as well as long-term planning.

Our judges will be looking at the agility of the business for their people and the future. We want to hear about what they have done to protect their business and their people and what is in place to build on in 2021. We also want to hear what they have done that has supported their wider community (so fundraising, for example, or diversification to home deliveries/online ordering).

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This award will go to the businessman or woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has made a considerable, profitable and lasting contribution to business in Gloucestershire over a period of at least 20 years.

The judges will be looking for evidence of this individual’s long term contribution to the development of the business community in Gloucestershire.

The winner of this category is selected by the judges.

Please provide information on this individual’s contribution to business in Gloucestershire throughout their career and detail why they should be considered for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Has your local business gone above and beyond to help you and the local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic? We want to hear about our local business heroes from across the whole of Gloucestershire who have stood out in these difficult times. This is your chance to ensure these local businesses are recognised for their hard work and dedication.

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The Small Business Of The Year Award is open to companies with fewer than 25 employees. Our judges will be considering the challenges and achievements of, but not limited to, the past six -12 months.The winner will have demonstrated the work that has been done to mitigate (or in some cases, capitalise on) the impact of Covid-19 on people, processes and profit, as well as long-term planning.

Our judges will be looking at the agility of the business for their people and the future. We want to hear about what they have done to protect their business and their people and what is in place to build on in 2021. We also want to hear what they have done that has supported their wider community (so fundraising, for example, or diversification to home deliveries/online ordering).

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The Start-Up Business of The Year award will go to an organisation that has been established within the past two and a half years (established from July 2018) and demonstrates evidence of entrepreneurship and/or innovation, has defied challenging economic conditions to succeed, grow and thrive and can evidence solid business plans, future growth potential and a determination to succeed. The judges will take into consideration managerial performance, sales growth, profit achievement, number of people employed and evidence of a satisfied customer base.

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The winner of this award will be somebody under the age of 35 who has 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.

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The Employee Of The Year award has been designed to celebrate someone who really makes a difference to their business and who deserves recognition. It might be someone whose attitude and example really stimulates all those around him or her. Equally, it could be someone who has overcome real difficulties, or someone who shows exceptional customer service.

Tell us about new ideas and helpful suggestions they have come up with that have helped improve productivity, safety, workflow, efficiency, profitability, or enhanced the overall success of the enterprise.

Describe how this employee consistently assists and works with fellow employees without having to be asked; eagerly participates in group or team projects; and thinks of others and the needs of the enterprise before thinking of themselves.

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As part of our new Charity of the Year Award, we are looking to recognise our truly outstanding Gloucestershire charities.

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The judges will look for a complete overview of the charity, including:

  • A description on the work of the charity and its importance in Gloucestershire
  • The difference the charity makes to their beneficiaries
  • How the charity is structured to best support their beneficiaries
  • Innovative approaches to fundraising and delivering support
  • Evidence of successful outcomes and measurements of impact.

This award will recognise a business that is demonstrating exceptional commitment to environmental sustainability.

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