The Business of the Year award is being jointly sponsored by EDF Energy and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which are also joint main sponsors of the EADT Business Awards 2014. The award is not open for direct entries, with the recipient of this title being chosen from among the winners of the other categories. The
The Small Business award is open to any business with an annual turnover of less than £1million, regardless of how long the business had been trading. The juges will be taking into account a broad range of factors including not only financial performance in terms of turnover and profit but also covering aspects such as
In the Customer Care category the judges will be looking for businesses that are able to demonstrate a strong customer focused ethos which underlies everything they do. Entrants will need to show how they go above and beyond customer expectations, ensuring everything that the company does has the customer at its core. The judges will
The Raising the Bar award recognises the individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to raising educational attainment or aspiration across the County. The judges will be taking into account factors including innovation, measurable results, impact on an individual or organisation, significant progress, partnership and creativity.
Have you looked at the extent to which your business draws on the natural environment, not just globally through carbon footprint or energy use, but locally? How much do you take from the bank of natural resources here in the east? The winner of the Environment and Sustainability award will be an enterprise with the
The Community Safety and Crime Prevention award aims to recognise individuals, groups and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to community safety and crime prevention within Suffolk. Participation is open to any project or initiative that helps to reduce crime, and the fear of crime, in our communities. Entries are encouraged from across the
The Business Broadband award recognises business models, projects and initiatives that have improved business performance through the use of better broadband, increased bandwidth and associated broadband technology. Broadband is an essential part of everyday living and this award highlights the importance of access to better broadband to help businesses to grow, to do business together,
The Community Involvement award is aimed at commercial businesses that can demonstrate how they combine business success with involvement in their community, in ways which go beyond their core business strategy. Entrants should consistently demonstrate good citizenship and show commitment outside normal business practice to people, places and events that are not directly aimed at
In the Health and Wellbeing at Work category, the judges will be looking for businesses which are committed to achieving the benefits of having a healthy, energised and motivated workforce. Besides entering this category through the EADT Business Awards website, entrants will a have to complete a questionnaire on how they deal with workplace issues
The Food and Farming Excellence award celebrates the contributions that food producers and the food supply chain make to the economy of East Anglia. Primary producers, processors, manufacturers and retailers are all eligible to enter, with the winner being a business able to demonstrate innovation and a strong all-round performance over the last 12 months.
In the Medium/Large Business category, the judges will be looking for an established business able to demonstrate all-round strength. The award is open to any business from any sector of the economy which has an annual turnover exceeding £3million. Entries should also address the following criteria: Figures − accounts demonstrating the level of turnover required
The Outstanding Achievement award aims to recognise an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the economy and local or regional level. The judges will be taking into account factors including enterprise, innovation, job creation and the impact the efforts of the individual or organisation has had on the business sector, the
The Family Business award is open to all businesses which are family owned, including first generation family businesses. The judges will be looking at areas including: Structure – do you have a constitution or charter covering, for instance, plans for succession, the relationship between the family and shareholders and the resolution of conflicts between family
The One to Watch award is about recognising an outstanding early stage business from within the Suffolk Future50 which shows the promise to become a success story of tomorrow. The winner will be a company which is able to demonstrate a pioneering approach to business and, alongside a strong performance over the past year, the
"With many positive signs emerging of an upturn in business confidence, we are looking forward with confidence that this year's EADT Business Awards will attract another bumper crop of high-quality entries."Terry HuntEditor, East Anglian Daily Times