How to enter guide: Somerset Business Awards 2021

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Welcome to the Somerset Business Awards 2021, organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Main sponsor, Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants

Firmly established as a highlight in the Somerset business calendar, the awards will once again celebrate business success across the county. The Somerset Business Awards offer an excellent opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors to meet, be inspired and showcase their achievements. With 14 different award categories on offer there is something for everyone and we hope you’ll be a part of it.

As a mainly Somerset-based firm with offices in Taunton, Bristol, Yeovil, Weston-super-Mare, Chard and Weymouth, we have a breadth of expertise that enables us to provide a full range of services across a variety of sectors. The motivation of our staff is to help you as a business or individual achieve your objectives by working with you over the longer term. Our vision is to be the firm that contributes most to our clients’ success.

Award Organisers Somerset Chamber of Commerce is Somerset’s leading private sector, member-focused, business support organisation. Established in 1995, the Chamber represents more than 500 businesses across Somerset covering all industry sectors, ranging in size from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. This number increases to over 2,000 businesses when combined with our Town Chamber affiliate network.

As one of the leading accountancy firms in the South West, Albert Goodman provides high quality accountancy, tax and business advice to businesses and individuals locally and nationwide.

Because of this philosophy it was a natural choice for Albert Goodman to sponsor the premier business event in Somerset, The Somerset Business Awards, enabling us all to celebrate the success of Somerset businesses. Albert Goodman would like to take this opportunity to wish entrants success for the 2020 awards. For more information visit

We are also an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce, which represents over 100,000 businesses in the UK and is the only truly independent UK business support organisation which has local representation, credibility in the eyes of Government and the media and is consulted at all levels by Government. Our mission statement is: “To be a catalyst to support and grow a vibrant Somerset economy.” We are here to connect, support and grow business within Somerset, influence key decision makers on policy and ultimately work towards growing a vibrant Somerset economy. For more information visit

Why you should enter • Increased • Increased brand awareness for both winners and finalists through press and media recognition • Enhanced • Enhanced credibility with customers • Winner’s • Winner’s certificate and handmade trophy (as well as finalist certificate) • Two • Two free places at the black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony on March 26 (subject to Government regulations) • Opportunity • Opportunity to reward staff or entertain clients by bringing them along on the night • Short • Short video made of all finalist companies for display on the awards night • Opportunity • Opportunity to make a winner’s speech to guests on the evening • Winning • Winning company details displayed on the Somerset Business Awards website for 12 months after the awards ceremony • SBA “winner” and “finalist” logos for use on company websites and email signatures

Award categories Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year This award recognises exemplary family-owned businesses across all sizes and sectors. The winning company will demonstrate how the family has had a significant influence on the business, such that one or more family members are involved in the management of the business.

Best Use of Technology Has the use of new technology helped your business, or other companies, to grow and offer new services or types of working? This category recognises firms in the technology sector and beyond who are using the internet, cloud computing, robotics, apps or even Artificial Intelligence to stand out in the marketplace.

Judges are looking for:

Investing in Somerset

• Evidence of a financially successful business

Does your business live for all things local? This award recognises companies who are passionate about supporting Somerset’s economy through local activity and can demonstrate this through their use of local employment, training, trading or regional supply chain etc.

• A clear vision for the long-term future of the business • Planned succession

Business of the Year

Judges are looking for: • Statistics and evidence of local activity

All the winners of a “Business of the Year Award” will have demonstrated how they can stand out from the crowd in their category through areas such as ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people - they will have a “wow factor” that is worth celebrating.

• The benefits this has had on their business

Judges are looking for:

Service Excellence

• A clear business plan • Financials both past and present (turnover, profit/loss figures will be treated in confidence, estimates are acceptable)

Are you a business with not just “good” customer service, but a level of service over and above normal industry expectations and clear strategies for maintaining such a level of service?

• Evidence of a clear vision for the long-term future

Judges are looking for: • Customer feedback • Staff training

Small Business of the Year

• Evidence of a clear understanding of customer needs

For businesses with 1-10 staff.

• Previous awards or accolades for customer service

Medium Business of the Year

Somerset Manufacturer and Producer

For businesses with 10-50 staff.

This award recognises the most innovative and agile manufacturers and producers in the county. Entries are welcome from all sectors whether volume or niche. Judges are looking for:

Large Business of the Year For businesses with more than 50 staff.

• A commitment to proven research and development practices • A passion for continuous improvement • A solid track record of planning and growth

Charity of the Year

New Start-Up of the Year Award

This award celebrates the fantastic work of charitable organisations. The winning Somerset-based charity will need to demonstrate not just how much money it raises or spends, but also how it uses fundraising and the contribution of volunteers to make a significant difference to those they work for.

This new award will honour new businesses which have been set-up and begun trading from January 1, 2020. What inspired you to go into business for yourself, what makes your business different and do you have big plans for the future?

Judges are looking for:

Judges are looking for: • Evidence of your USP

• Evidence of fundraising activity

• A clear business plan

• Testimonials

• Evidence of a clear vision for the long-term future of the business

• A clear business plan • Evidence of a financially successful business (turnover, profit/loss figures will be treated in confidence)

Employer of the Year This award recognises organisations that have created a stimulating and supportive work environment and a real commitment to the welfare of its employees, resulting in high staff satisfaction levels and a well-motivated, ambitious and integrated workforce. Judges are looking for:

Outstanding Business COVID-19 Response This (hopefully) one-off award will recognise the outstanding response of a business either to diversify and survive the challenges posed by the pandemic, or which went above and beyond to support the UK’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Maybe your business produced PPE or made changes to existing products or services to help others on the frontline or to enable people to stay safe in the workplace. Alternatively, you may have launched a new initiative to protect jobs as a direct response to the pandemic.

• Leadership and management structure

Judges are looking for:

• A human resources policy that creates an engaging and supportive workplace

• Diversification within the business in direct response to the pandemic

• Company values and evidence of how staff are aligned to these

• Evidence of supporting key workers fighting the virus or evidence of new products or services to help others as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

• Employee benefits • Staff retention • Training and development

• Testimonials from customers or key workers about how your business helped them during the pandemic

• Evidence of a robust recruitment process

Outstanding Achievement This award recognises an organisation or individual who has gone above and beyond for the benefit of others, outside of the remit of their day-to-day job. Achievements could include anything from fundraising, environmental initiatives to community work or CSR. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by employers, colleagues or beneficiaries. The nominating individual will need to support the entry with clear evidence of the nominee’s achievements and good work. Please note there is a separate award for COVID-19 achievements.

Environmental Achievement Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities, from reducing waste and energy use, to encouraging staff to adopt green travel plans and supporting eco-friendly initiatives, both within their companies and in the wider community. This new award will recognise companies or individuals which can demonstrate a positive and long-term impact on the environment within their business, with evidence to show how they have improved environmental performance, implemented the efficient use of resources or supported sustainable development or environmentally-friendly schemes.

Judges are looking for: • Evidence of successful projects carried out and their positive impacts • Testimonials • Why the individual or organisation deserves to win • Going the extra mile – achievements beyond the nominee’s daily role

Judges are looking for: • Working effectively to make difference • A positive impact on the environment • Encouraging the efficient use of resources • Supporting sustainability

How to enter Applications for the Somerset Business Awards need to be made online at via our online entry form. Each entry must include an 800-word statement, explaining why your entry merits an award along with up to six key points to summarise. You will also be required to submit up to five attachments, each up to a max of 2MB, to support your application.

Key dates September 1

Entries open

October 14

‘Benefits of Entering’ event

November 27

Entries close

Dec 15 - Jan 16

Judges’ visits

February 15

Ticket sale for finalists

March 1

Ticket sale to general public

March 26

Awards ceremony

Terms and conditions All businesses entering the awards must be based within the district council administrative boundaries of Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Mendip and Somerset West and Taunton. Business can also enter if they are based within the following North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset postcodes: BS21, 22, 23, 24, 40, 48 and 49 The business should have its head office within the defined eligible area set out above. If this is not the case, the entry MUST demonstrate that the enterprise has local autonomy over business planning, marketing, HR and budget within the eligible areas listed above. Shortlisted companies must be available for judges interviews and site visits during the dates listed within this document. Businesses can enter more than one category, but a separate application must be made online for each category. Only entries submitted online via the Somerset Business Awards website can be accepted. Decisions by the judging panel are final but feedback is available when requested. For more information please contact us: 01823 444924

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