Extra time to nominate your business for the Courier Business Awards

Last year's Halifax Courier Business Awards

Last year's Halifax Courier Business Awards

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Business owners have got extra time to ensure they are on the short list for the Halifax Courier Business Awards 2014.

More sponsors have come on board for the Courier Business Awards. Full details will be given in next Friday’s Halifax Courier so we’re extending the deadline for nominations to Monday, September 15.

To nominate your business email business.awards@halifaxcourier.co.uk or do it online at www.halifaxbusinessawards.co.uk.

Please state clearly which company, organisation or person you are nominating and for which of our 12 categories (see below for full criteria).

Please remember to include their full name and contact details, your full name and contact details and state clearly in as much detail as possible why you think you or your nominee deserve to win the award.

The categories are:

Retailer of the Year

The award will go to the business which has demonstrated outstanding business acumen in the past year in the retail environment. We are looking for shops which have shown that they have the ability to thrive and innovate through difficult times. High levels of customer service, and offering individual service levels, will be the benchmark.

Lifetime Achievement

The recipient of this award is chosen by the judges, and is someone who has dedicated many years to boosting not only their own business and field, but also that of Calderdale as a whole.

Business of the Year

Sponsored by Walker Singleton

Our top business will be able to demonstrate successful year on year growth in its sector, and have a strong commitment to innovation. The business of the year will have effectively promoted itself on the national and international stage. We will also be looking for a supporter of the community and have a corporate & social responsibility policy.

Personnel relations are a key factor, as is a strong commitment to environmental improvements.

Business Person

Our business person will demonstrate clear leadership qualities, with a strong financial understanding of running a business. They will also be willing to mentor colleagues, and other business people, and be a visionary in his or her field.

The winner will be the person the judges believe has promoted Calderdale, in the most positive light.

Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by The Venue

Innovation is the lifeblood of business, but it is also the most difficult quality to categorise, and qualify. Our winner will have demonstrated their innovative skill in one or two of several different possible ways.

Our Innovator will have been transforming the performance of an established business, by restructuring or redirection, and shown successful and creative problem-solving.

He or she will have lead a business or team through a process of radical change, in order to increase efficiency and results. You may have created, discovered or invented a new product, process or service and brought it to market - successfully and profitably.

Manufacturing Award

Sponsored by Pennine Pneumatics & Atlas Copco

The winner will demonstrate a modern and efficient approach to manufacturing and marketing, with a commitment to excellence in its products and service. A highly successful trading performance, preferably based on new and improved products, as well as established lines, is a must.

Judges will also be looking for a strategy to reach new markets, and improve reach within existing ones and where applicable. With a commitment to research and development, and a sound track record of training and passing on vital skills to new generations.

Employer of the Year

(For this award we invite staff to nominate employers)

We will be looking for companies who have shown a strong commitment to staff development and training

The employee of the year, will be a company that does that little bit extra for it’s employees, to create a good working environment and atmosphere.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Yorkshire Payments

The winner will be someone who turned a bright business idea into revenue-generating reality. A business person with an eye for a gap in the market - as well as the drive and know how to exploit it. An example and an inspiration to those around them, and a go-getter with commercial flair in their personal make-up, and the profit-gene in their DNA.

Successful nominees will have created their own business to run on a low cost basis, but with a healthy and growing turnover.

New Business

Sponsored by Calderdale Council

A new business established within the last two years, which can demonstrate sound and thorough research of its market, before embarking on the project. It should be operating independently of any other existing business, with a carefully mapped out plan to maintain development and growth. The winner will have a clear business strategy, and be able to demonstrate a willingness to listen to, and act upon proven advice. Innovative thinking is a must, as is a clear understanding of the needs of a growing business.

Small to Medium Sized Business

Sponsored by Wilby Insurance

In this category we are looking for turnover of less than £5million, with fewer than 50 employees. A business should demonstrate significant growth in its sector, and also demonstrate innovation. Businesses should have a mapped out plan for future developments, and have maintained sound financial performance. A community social responsibility policy should also be in place.

Green Champion

Sponsored by BCA Leisure

This award will be given to the employee, or manager, who has done the most to create and promote a green agenda in the workplace.

We are looking to reward the person who has done the most in their business to highlight the agenda of a sustainable world.

This could be in day-to-day business operations - cutting fuel and power consumption and reducing packaging, or it could be in marketing green and environmentally friendly products, which reduce the carbon footprint of customers.

Green Business

Sponsored by Pennine Housing 2000

This award is for the business which has done the most to reduce its carbon footprint, and to consider the environment in all of its trading.

Consideration will be given to environmental policies adopted by the nominee, and to those practices which mark out the business as one which cares about a sustainable world.

Green initiatives might be in the fields of transport and distribution, packaging, power consumption, paper usage, etc. Firms which promote a green agenda to their customers will also be considered for this award.