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Bridgend Business Forum cordially invites you to enter the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019.

The awards will culminate in a black tie ceremony and gala dinner on Friday 13 September 2019 at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch. This will include: drinks on arrival, a three course meal and the opportunity to network with the most successful businesses in the area.

The Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019 are open to all businesses based in Bridgend County Borough. Any business which enters into the awards will automatically be registered as a forum member. Membership is FREE.

The categories of awards include:

·         Business Student of the Year

·         Start-up Business of the Year

·         Service Business of the Year

·         Manufacturing Business of the Year  

·         Entrepreneur of the Year

·         Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year

·         Creative Industries Award

·         Innovative Business of the Year

·         Professional Services Business of the Year

·         ‘NEW’ Health and Safety  award

·         Bridgend Business of the Year 2019

Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for each category are listed below. If you are keen to enter, please return your application form to business@bridgend.gov.uk or Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019 c/o the Economy & Natural Resources Team, Bridgend County Borough Council, Level 3, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB. (Please note: hard copies of applications forms cannot be returned).

 

General Conditions

Must be based or operate in Bridgend County Borough.

2.    Will need to provide details in the application form, in accordance with the entry criteria of the specific category.

3.    Applicants may apply for more than one category.

4.    Where a word limit is indicated for a question on the form, this must be adhered to.

5.    Do not submit supplementary information.  All information to support your application must be contained within the questions set out in the form.

6.    Applications will be accepted from Thursday 9 May 2019.

7.    All applicants must have applied for entry no later than 5pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

8.    Applicants will be shortlisted and notified no later than Friday 26 July 2019.

 

Business Student of the Year

  • Must attend studies in the Bridgend County Borough area.
  • Exhibit a good understanding of what is involved in starting and running a business.
  • Provide evidence of achievement with studies.
  • Provide evidence of achievements through work related experience or voluntary work.
  • Provide details of future plans and aspirations.

 

Start-up Business of the Year

 ·         Must have started trading in the past 2 years.

·         Provide evidence of progress since starting.

·         Provide the reasons and motivation for starting.

·         Provide details of most notable achievements to date.

·         Provide evidence of challenges overcome.

·         Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.

·         Must complete a current and future employment template.

·    Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

Service Business of the Year

·         Must complete a financial template provided.

·         Provide evidence, particularly testimonials from customers, of exceptional customer service.

·         Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.

·         Provide details of most notable achievements to date.

·         Must complete a current and future employment template.

·      Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

Professional Services Business of the Year

·         Must complete a financial template provided.

·         Provide evidence, particularly testimonials from customers, of exceptional customer service.

·         Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.

·         Provide details of most notable achievements to date.

·         What technology, platforms and new services have you introduced into the business in the past 3 years

·         Must complete a current and future employment template.

·      Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

Manufacturing Business of the Year

  •  Must complete a financial template provided.
  • Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.
  • Provide details of most notable achievements to date.
  • Evidence of product and process initiatives to improve outputs.
  • Must complete a current and future employment template.
  • Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Must be an individual.
  • Provide evidence of being entrepreneurial.
  • Provide details of most notable achievements to date.
  • Provide evidence of how you motivate and inspire others.
  • Provide details of future plans and aspirations.
  • Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year

·         Must complete a financial template provided.

·      Provide evidence of the contribution to the tourism sector in Bridgend County Borough.

·         Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.

·         Provide details of most notable achievements to date.

·         Must complete a current and future employment template.

·    Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

Creativity Industries Award

 

·         Must complete a financial template provided.

·         Provide evidence of how the business has been creative.

·         Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.

·         Provide details of most notable achievements to date.

·         Must complete a current and future employment template.

·         Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

Innovative Business of the Year

·        Must complete a financial template provided.

·         Provide evidence of how the business has been innovative – this can be something that is innovative for your particular company. It can be, but doesn’t have to be, something no other business has done before.  

·         Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others.

·         Provide details of most notable achievements to date.

·         Must complete a current and future employment template.

·         Must confirm a commitment to equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

 

‘NEW’ Health and Safety Award

  •  Must complete a financial template provided.
  • Provide evidence to show where you motivated, inspired and involved workers and contractors to act in the best interest of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.  
  • Provide evidence of what makes your business stand out from others regarding Health, Safety and Wellbeing.
  •  Provide evidence of Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiatives that have placed the business beyond legal compliance in the last 12 months.
  •  Must complete a current and future employment template.
  • What procedures do you have in place to ensure suppliers are meeting safety compliance
  • Must confirm a commitment to h
  • Health and safety, equal opportunities and environmental sustainability. Copies of policies must be sent in with application form.

Bridgend Business of the Year 2019

The Bridgend Business of the Year Award 2019 will be chosen from amongst the winners of each individual category.

 The Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019 are open to all businesses based in Bridgend County Borough.
 
We will shortlist to three potential winners for each award. Each shortlisted business will receive two complementary tickets to the gala dinner and awards ceremony on the 13 September 2019.
 
The winner of each category will receive;
 
  • Free publicity
  • A trophy
  • A certificate
The overall winner of the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2019 will receive;
 

·         Free publicity

·         A trophy

·         A certificate

·         A bottle of champagne

 The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 12 July 2019.
 

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