Over the last ten years, the Bradford Means Business Awards has become an event that the whole Bradford district business community looks out for.
It has gone from strength to strength since it was first held in 2010, and last year’s event – the first to be held in the heart of Bradford in a marquee in City Park – was the biggest and best yet.
And this year promises to be even bigger, with more new categories added. The tenth anniversary event promises to be a very special celebration of all that is great about business in the Bradford district.
Entries will be opening in February, and competition is bound to be fierce as the reputation of the awards continues to grow.
One of last year’s winners has no doubt of the value of the event and the benefits being nominated or winning can bring. Rich Sutcliffe’s Agency For Good won the New Business of the Year award for 2019, and he believes it has had a number of positive effects for the company.
“To be chosen above every other business in your category and city is an honour. It gives the business more credibility with customers and potential employees, and also increased publicity which can only help the bottom line.”
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. 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 2019 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.
This new award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to improve overall environmental performance and enhance sustainability. Sustainable businesses are so important in today’s environment and this category rewards those who are making strides to become more sustainable year on year.
APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Apprenticeships are an increasingly 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 the 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 businesses are creating employment and looking to expanding their workforce in the year ahead.
MANUFACTURING APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Manufacturing apprenticeships are key to the district’s manufacturing success, and Bradford’s Manufacturing Week have highlighted the need for such roles. This award recognises apprentice’s that have chosen Manufacturing as a career and have successfully come through their company’s apprenticeship programme. Open to entries from those who work in manufacturing sector only.
MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Manufacturing creates economic growth and is the engine that drives the districts economy. Manufacturers like you contribute to the vibrancy of our communities through good business practices, innovative processes and productivity enhancements. This award celebrates the successes of manufacturers in the district. The Judges will be looking for excellence in their field, ability to succeed, growth and best practice.
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 11 categories above. The company with the best overall contribution to business in Bradford will be chosen as our winner.