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Explore the 2019 awards

Entry deadline: 2nd August.

Employee Health & Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by Ouch Training Team

The biggest asset an organisation has is its people, an employer which invests the time money and effort required to promote and support positive health and well-being are far more likely to achieve its business goals than those which do not. A fitter, healthier, happier workforce can impact positively on productivity and prosperity. Society also benefits from a workforce concentrating on better health for themselves and their families.

Definition
“ ..a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organisation

This award seeks to recognise a successful Dorset based business who empowers and supports its people to succeed by going above and beyond legal requirements to meet the health and well-being needs of its employees. The winning organisation will be able to demonstrate its understanding and implementation of its health and well-being strategy and programme in action but also be able to validate ways in which it goes above and beyond standard practices. Judges will be looking for an organisation with the ability to inspire others to do the same.

Eligibility
  • Members of the current year’s Employee Health and Wellbeing Award Judges’ panel are not eligible to nominate or receive this award.
  • A nominated business will be located within DT or BH postcodes and open to both members and non-members of the Dorset Chamber.
  • Winners of this category from the previous year are not eligible to enter.
  • Entrants can only enter a total of 2x awards per year.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Supporting documentation
To support your entry entrants are advised to supply supporting documentation/ assets, all up-loadable during the entry process. This supporting evidence could include all or any of the following; video, Images, photographs, press cuttings, data reports, sales reports, endorsements as well as statistics in graphs may be included.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
We recognise and understand the sensitive nature of the information submitted in your entries. With this in mind, there are systems in place to ensure confidentiality at all stages of the judging process. All information provided by the entering business are strictly confidential and shared only with an esteemed judging panel in-order to make an informed assessment between all entrants. Every judge is required to sign a legally binding confidentiality agreement before their appointment. All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Creative Impact Award

Sponsored by Liz Lean PR & Digital Storm

Recognising creative and impactful marketing campaigns (any element of the marketing mix eg brand, promotions, digital, PR, design, etc)

Judges are looking for inspirational examples of marketing excellence and creative originality in any project undertaken within the last 2 years. Entrants should be able to provide tangible results which met the objectives of the problem the campaign was charged with solving.

Eligibility
  • Entrants can only enter a total of 2x awards per year.
  • The Creative and Impact Award is open to businesses of any size which have a BH/DT postcode or are based in Dorset.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry. Entrants have the option of submitting additional materials in the form of visuals, a 3 minute video or maximum 8 page slide deck is recommended to demonstrate your creative approach.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Award

Sponsored by REID Steel and Atlas Elektronik

This award, new for 2019, celebrating the importance of engineering and manufacturing sector in Dorset, recognises excellence and achievements in terms of research and development, productivity, training and development, the application of new technology and innovative design. Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate a solid record of growth as well as a strong business plan for future.

Eligibility
• Members of the current year’s Judges’ panel are not eligible to nominate or receive this award. • A nominated business will be located within DT or BH postcodes and open to both members and non-members of the Dorset Chamber. • Entrants can only enter a maximum of 2x categories across the awards.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
We recognise and understand the sensitive nature of the information submitted in your entries. With this in mind, there are systems in place to ensure confidentiality at all stages of the judging process. All information provided by the entering business are strictly confidential and shared only with an esteemed judging panel in-order to make an informed assessment between all entrants. Every judge is required to sign a legally binding confidentiality agreement before their appointment. All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Dorset Environmental Award

Sponsored by Dorset Wildlife Trust and Kingston Maurward

This award is designed to encourage Dorset’s businesses to improve their environmental performance and value Dorset’s natural assets in their operations. It will recognise and reward businesses that have shown outstanding commitment to manage the environmental impact of their business operations or have developed their own business in the field of managing the environmental impact of other businesses or the wider community.

Environmental improvements include actions to; benefit wildlife and wildlife habitats; reduce emissions, waste or noise; improve raw material use or transport efficiency; clean up land; manage land for nature; compensate for effects on Dorset’s natural assets and reduce any negative impact of business activities.

Eligibility
  • Members of the current year’s Dorset Environmental Business Award Judges’ panel are not eligible to nominate or receive this award.
  • A nominated business will be located within DT or BH postcodes and open to both members and non-members of the Dorset Chamber.
  • Winners of this category from the previous year are not eligible to enter.
  • Entrants can only enter a maximum of 2x categories across the awards.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

BV Dairy Investing in Dorset

Sponsored by BV Dairy

This award recognises Dorset companies which understand the benefits of supporting Dorset businesses and buy goods and services locally wherever possible.

Eligibility
  • The BV Dairy Investing in Dorset Award is open to businesses of any size which have a BH/DT postcode or are based in Dorset. Winners of this award from the past 2 years are not eligible to enter.
  • Entrants can only enter a maximum of 2x categories across the awards.
Entry Critera
The winner of this award will be able to demonstrate their active commitment to spending locally and give details of specific examples that show the extent to which they embrace the concept of developing business relationships with other Dorset-based organisations and companies.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Lester Aldridge Company of the Year

Sponsored by Lester Aldridge

To be in the running to be named Dorset’s premier company, businesses need to demonstrate an outstanding financial track record, with strong sales growth and a commitment to increasing profitability. The winning company is likely to be a leader in its own market with dedication to excellence in products and services and a dynamic approach to quality and innovation.

This year’s Lester Aldridge Company of the Year must display the ability to think strategically, keep abreast of new developments both in its own industry and the wider economy and illustrate plans for future growth. Last but not least, it will exhibit a strong commitment to its employees’ needs and aspirations as well as contribution to the county’s environment through sustainable business practices.

Eligibility
  • Entrants can only enter a maximum of 2x categories across the awards.
  • The Lester Aldridge Company of the Year Award is open to any company which has a BH/DT postcode or is based in Dorset.
Entry criteria
  • Excellence in both products and services to customers.
  • Past achievements and future plans.
  • Financial performance.
  • The identification and exploitation of new markets.
  • Commitment to the training and development needs of employees.
Contribution to enhancing Dorset’s business reputation and protecting the county’s environment
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Supporting documentation
To support your entry entrants are advised to supply supporting documentation/ assets, all up-loadable during the entry process. This supporting evidence could include all or any of the following; video, Images, photographs, press cuttings, data reports, sales reports, endorsements as well as statistics in graphs may be included.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award

Sponsored by PKF Francis Clark

Family businesses must be innovative, adaptable and have a healthy culture in place – this Award is designed to recognise and celebrate that success.
The family business must submit the entry form. Nominations from a customer, supplier or employee are welcome and if the family business is nominated by a third party they will be contacted by Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry and will be encouraged to submit an entry form.

Eligibility
  • Entrants can only enter a maximum of 2x categories across the awards.
  • The PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award is open to family businesses that operate within a BH/DT postcode or are based in Dorset. Winners of this award from the previous 2 years are not eligible to enter.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Enhanced Business Growth Award

Sponsored by Enhanced

Honouring a business demonstrating significant growth with a robust plan for sustainability. This award recognises the existing and increasingly significant role companies play towards the continuing economic growth and vitality of Dorset. A SME with a BH/DT postcode or who is based in Dorset who is entering should be able to demonstrate a strong aspiration for significant growth building upon an existing track record of increased sales, profit and/or employment over the past three years.

Eligibility
  • Open to members and non-members of the Dorset Chamber.
  • Businesses require a BH/DT postcode or need to be based in Dorset.
  • Achieved a significant year on year percentage of growth in the last 3 years.
  • Provide supporting evidence to support their entry.
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of 2x categories across all awards.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Supporting documentation
To support your entry entrants are advised to supply supporting documentation/ assets, all up-loadable during the entry process. This supporting evidence could include all or any of the following; video, Images, photographs, press cuttings, data reports, sales reports, endorsements as well as statistics in graphs may be included.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Business Leader of the Year

Sponsored by Dorset LEP

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional vision and inspirational leadership, achieving measured and sustainable growth and driving high performance through sound governance within their organisation. A true business leader is an industry champion, making a significant contribution to the wider business community and the local economy.

This award is entered by nomination only. If you believe your business’ leader deserves recognition for their experience, ambition, sound judgement and adaptability and engage their employees then please complete the entry form.

Eligibility
  • Be a business owner, partner or senior decision maker who is active in the day-to-day management and operation of their business from any sector within the DT or BH postcodes.
  • Demonstrate examples of significant business achievements such as other industry awards, public recognition, other achievement or recommendations.
  • Be established in the same business for three years
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of 2x categories across all awards
  • Demonstrate professional business acumen and leadership
  • Have active involvement in recognised professional and/or trade associations
  • Contribute to corporate and social responsibility as well as the regions business community
  • Demonstrate extraordinary levels of employee engagement across their organisation through an exceptional workplace and company culture.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Supporting documentation
To support your entry entrants are advised to supply supporting documentation/ assets, all up-loadable during the entry process. This supporting evidence could include all or any of the following; video, Images, photographs, press cuttings, data reports, sales reports, endorsements as well as statistics in graphs may be included.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received.

Apprentice of the Year Award

Sponsored by Superior Seals

Recognising the future talent of Dorset. This award recognises an apprentice who has done the most to seize the training and development opportunities presented to them throughout their apprenticeship programme and can show demonstrable results. They will have made a significant contribution to support the business activities of their employer and are on track for a successful career. The individual will also be an ambassador for apprenticeships and actively champion, promote and provide information about Apprenticeships to students, parents, teachers and businesses.

Eligibility
  • Members or employees of the current year’s award Judges’ panel are not eligible to nominate or receive this award.
  • The award is open to current apprentices with a BH/ DT postcode. Applications/ nominations are for individuals with a proven track record of adding value to their business through their apprenticeship.
  • Open to both members and non-members of the Dorset Chamber.
  • This award is open to apprentices in any sector and industry.
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of 2x categories across all awards.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

Excellence in Exporting Award

Sponsored by HSBC and PSP Worldwide Logistics

This award plays tribute to the success and innovative approaches of Dorset Export companies. Extending across all sectors this award is a celebration of the contributions Dorset exporters have made to both the County and International economy.

Eligibility
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of 2x categories across all awards.
  • The Dorset Export Award is open to any Dorset business which has a BH/DT postcode or is based in Dorset, including multi-nationals or their subsidiaries with a major presence in the county, to small private companies. They must have been trading for at least three years and have a record of international trade during that period.
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

TeamJobs Team of the Year

Sponsored by TeamJobs

This award offers a unique opportunity to recognise the hard work, professionalism and dedication of a team who have exceeded your expectations and made a real contribution to the success of your business. The Company should nominate and enter the Award on behalf of the Team.

Eligibility
  • The TeamJobs Team of the Year Award is open to any company who has a BH/DT postcode or is based in Dorset.
  • Entrants can enter a maximum of 2x categories across the awards.
 
Application process
All entries can be submitted online via the ‘Enter now’ button where you will be taken to our award platform to complete the form. You will need to register first before you can complete the form, this ensures that you can come back at your leisure to finish off your entry.
Judging Process
All information will be treated confidentially and will only be circulated amongst the judges of your category and your entry will not be processed until after then closing date. Entries are judged on merit only, with no reference to external considerations. Closing date for entry is 2nd August 2019. Please note this date is final and will not be extended. All entries will be processed and judged during August and shortlisted businesses can expect to be visited by the judges to better inform their decision. We ask that shortlisted businesses be aware of this and are as accommodating as possible.
Finalists and Confidentiality
All entrants will be informed by letter as to whether, or not, they have got through to the final stage of the process. Therefore entrants are requested to keep any site visits, if applicable, confidential until this letter has been received. Three finalists will be chosen from this process to go through to the Gala Dinner at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 28th November 2019 where the category winner will be announced. Finalists will be given 2 tickets per company to sit on the sponsored category table.

2019 Sponsors

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27th November 2019