Awards Categories


MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

The manufacturing award celebrates an outstanding company operating in a sector that is the backbone of the Bradford district’s economy. Entrants must have upheld the manufacturing traditions of the local area, while continuing to strengthen the regional economy. All finalists will demonstrate a dedication to manufacturing excellence with emphasis placed on quality, sales performance, sustainability and investment, with a positive impact on its employees and/or community.



SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The award is open to companies in the region which normally employ no more than 75 full-time staff whilst demonstrating a strong financial performance.

Recognising a business that has shown marked success over the year, this award celebrates companies that are integral to the economy. For all finalists, judges will consider current trading performance, the prospective growth and development opportunities for the future of the business.



EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

This award honours the region’s top employers. These companies will have demonstrated strong investment in their employees as well having a reward scheme and other key employee benefits. Companies must be able to demonstrate that the safety and security of their employees is of the utmost importance and will be paying the living wage. It’s time to be rewarded and be recognised as one of the best places to work in the area!



NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is open to companies in the region that have set up in 2018 and can demonstrate imagination, sound planning and exceptional marketing delivery.

This coveted award recognises the region’s brightest new businesses and the contribution they make to the region in the future. Judges will be tasked with analysing business plans, achievements to date and potential for growth within the next few years.



BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

This award celebrates the entrepreneurs behind some of the most innovative and successful businesses in the Bradford district.

Looking at the individual achievements of the entrepreneur, the results returned by their business and their unique approach to the marketplace they operate in, the judges will select finalists that best represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the region.



CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award recognises those companies that make customer service a priority in their day to day operations. The judges will be looking for a company that can demonstrate how they deliver excellent customer service and can showcase this with testimonials and demonstrate the depth of their customer service policies to deliver an outstanding experience for its customers.



APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Apprenticeships are an increasingly an important way of attracting new talent and providing training for the future. We know there have been some fantastic successes locally and this award recognises an employer’s best apprentice who has successfully come through their apprenticeship programme

The finalists in this category will have gone above and beyond as part of their apprenticeship for an employer that has offered the support and training needed to kick-start their careers.



CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD

The finalists for this award will have demonstrated considerable dedication to corporate, social and ethical responsibility, providing the community with the many positive outcomes of their commercial activity.

Judges will focus on businesses that have contributed substantially to the community through various means, including society-led projects, aiding economic regeneration and supporting local suppliers.



FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is for established family businesses across all industry sectors, that can demonstrate sustained success across a broad range of measures, whilst ensuring all family values are followed. The judges will also be looking at the aspirations of your business to demonstrate how both current and future family generations will be involved in the growth of the business.



JOB CREATOR OF THE YEAR

The award is for a business or individual who has played an outstanding role in boosting employment in the district through innovation, investment and putting job creation as a key part of their business development. Judges are looking for evidence of how you are creating employment and looking to expand your workforce in the year ahead.



THE WINNERS AWARD

Are you the best of the best? On the evening of the awards the judges, fellow nominees and specially invited guests will choose the winner of winners from the 10 categories above. The company with the best overall contribution to business in Bradford will be chosen as our winner.