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Award Categories and Entry Criteria

Small Business of the Year Awards

5-19 & 20-49 employees

ENTRY CRITERIA – Two Small Business awards are open to small businesses employing between (5 -19) and (20-49) employees. The judges will be looking to hear about the company and its main activities, business performance, and what makes them a success. Innovation, great marketing, and potential for future growth are all factors which will be required by the judges. They will be looking for all round excellence in business: commercial success, growth and achievement, innovation, creativity, staff training and development.

Sponsored by Taylors taylors.co.uk

Taylors Solicitors has worked with local businesses in and around Burnley for more than twenty five years, supporting growth and encouraging entrepreneurship for the benefit of the local economy. More than twenty five years after opening our doors, we continue to provide the highest quality service delivered locally through a real understanding of our clients’ needs, business priorities and individual requirements.

Whilst our heritage lies in working with industries that have historically dominated thelocal economy – manufacturing, textiles and engineering – we also support innovation, technology, design and the creative industries. Our approach is a team one; we work closely with our clients to protect their businesses and drive success. We’re relied upon to provide commercially-astute and value-for-money solutions to the issues and challenges faced by businesses operating in the real commercial world.

Professional & Financial Services Firm of the Year

ENTRY CRITERIA – This award is for businesses operating in the financial or legal service sectors.

The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

• Evidence of significant growth and innovation in the company’s market sector

• Evidence of achievement and performance that makes the business stand out from its competitors

• Examples of in-company awards or recommendations

Sponsored by Burnley Council burnley.gov.uk

Burnley Council’s Business Support Team support local businesses from start-ups to global brands. Testimonial “The team at Burnley Council are a delight for businesses to work with ‘ enterprising, capable and open in communication from top to bottom of the organisation. The ‘can do’ attitude is the source of their success in working with the private sector, and the results are there for all to see.”

The Innovation Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – This award will acknowledge successful innovation within a business. This may be demonstrated in innovative products, services, processes, design, workforce development or technology.

Sponsored by Trebor Developments – Burnley Vision Park



Award winning, Commercial Developer of the Year, Trebor are bringing forward Vision Park Burnley in partnership with Burnley Council. The 5 acre Vision Park will provide a high quality mix of business space, including office, research and manufacturing accommodation for a wide variety of occupiers. Phase One is under construction for occupation in summer 2017, providing units from 1,500 sq.ft to 10,000 sq.ft Trebor have a commitment and proven track record in providing accommodation which allows occupiers to grow and thrive.

International Business of the Year

ENTRY CRITERIA – Are your business horizons wider than the UK market? This award will recognise growth in international trade. Your entry should demonstrate a detailed understanding of the target market(s). Judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

• Evidence of versatility, imagination and persistence in exploiting target markets overseas

• Tactical ability in overcoming obstacles such as bureaucracy and exchange rates

• Evidence of positive sales and market share performance

Open to businesses that are trading internationally – flying the flag for Burnley overseas.

Sponsored by Cassons cassons.co.uk

Cassons, chartered accountants and business advisers, have worked with businesses in and around Burnley for many years, and we are very proud to sponsor the International Business of the Year category in the Burnley Business Awards. We are delighted to be able to help and support growing numbers of businesses as they expand into international trade. We’ll provide help for them in key areas and will liaise with our personal contacts at accountancy firms around the world through BKR international when local knowledge is needed. We recognise the importance of international trade to Burnley businesses and wish everyone good luck!

Manufacturing Excellence Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – This award is specifically designed to recognise excellence and best practice in Burnley’s strong manufacturing sector – not only in terms of internal operations but also in terms of processes that involve customers and suppliers.

The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

• Sales performance and growth prospects

• Product development, manufacturing innovation and the efficient use of technology

• Quality standards and monitoring

• Investment in people and equipment

• Environmental awareness

Sponsored by Training 2000 training2000.co.uk

One of the largest Group Training Associations in the UK – Training 2000 has delivered apprenticeships and training throughout the North West, and beyond for over 50 years. The recent launch of the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre, alongside the Cyber Security Centre, have built on decades of experience in engineering, business admin, dental nursing, scaffolding and automotive – all focusing on the development and growth of businesses and people through apprenticeships and commercial training.

Young Employee of the Year Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – Nominated by their employer, this category is open to a young employee or apprentice who has been employed by the company for up to 2 years and aged 25 or under. The nomination must demonstrate how the individual has had a significant impact on the business and made a personal contribution to a project or business as a whole. This might include career progression, relevant personal or professional qualifications or other training. This person’s company will need to support their entry in this category and confirm the positive impact they have made in their job role and to the overall business or organisation.

Sponsored by Safran Nacelles safran-nacelles.com

Safran Nacelles Ltd is proud to be the largest aerospace employer in Burnley. With 750 people employed on our site, we feel a responsibility to our town and its community. We are proud inheritors of Burnley’s outstanding engineering heritage and we are determined to play our part in ensuring a legacy of manufacturing excellence that continues to be globally renowned. Along with our partners Burnley College, local schools and Business in the Community, we have demonstrated a huge commitment to skills development. Many other businesses in Burnley are also creating opportunities that enable young people to forge a superb career here.

Medium Business of the Year Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – This award is open to a medium sized business (employing between 50 and 250 employees) demonstrating all-round excellence in business, evidence of commercial success, growth, achievement, innovation, creativity, staff development and training, and green initiatives.

Sponsored by Holiday Inn Express Burnley hiexburnley.com

We are delighted to be supporting the 2017 Burnley Business Awards. As a small to medium sized business ourselves, we have experienced the benefit from the regeneration and growth of Burnley. We understand the challenges and opportunities in this type of business and are proud and excited to support this award.

The Digital Impact Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – Judges are looking for inspirational examples of digital innovation, technological robustness and creative originality in any project undertaken within the last 2 years. Entrants will need to provide detailed examples of their work that demonstrate the extent of their creative thinking and digital expertise while showcasing how they have achieved the main objectives of the original brief and specification. They will also need to provide detailed information on the performance of the project to the client and the intended audience. Eligible businesses include software developers and coders, those who provide digital marketing channels, social marketing, SEO operations and digital sales platforms.

Sponsored by Digital Lancashire digital-lancashire.org.uk

Digital Lancashire is a not-for-profit membership organisation formed to help consolidate the digital/tech industries across Lancashire to provide a single voice for the industry in our region. Digital industries have rapidly expanded with software driven companies, internet of things, e-commerce and AI (Artificial Intelligence) a thriving hidden community that is thriving and hungry to engage with other companies to share their experience and knowledge.

Business of the Year Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – Open to any business that can demonstrate all round excellence in business, with a clearly defined vision for developing and growing the business in terms of employment and wealth. Judges will be looking for excellence in the following areas: evidence of commercial success; employment growth; financial performance and future objectives; the competitive advantage of the business; specific strategies which have driven business growth and achievement, innovation, creativity, employee engagement, staff development and training; demonstration of environmental improvements and cost savings through resource efficiency, and businesses who can show an active contribution to supporting their local company.

Sponsored by Paradigm Precision paradigmprecision.com

Paradigm Precision is a leading manufacturer of complex machined and fabricated components for the aerospace, land-based power generation and marine markets. We operate on a global basis, sponsored by the Carlyle Group and Aero Equity. Paradigm Precision adds value by leveraging the synergy between capital investments, engineering, low-cost manufacturing operations and modern manufacturing methods.

Guided by seasoned leadership, the company’s culture is focused on customer requirements and the principles of LEAN and Six Sigma operations. This cannot be achieved without our main asset our people. We recognise Burnley is an increasingly innovative and exciting place to work with solid future prospectives. We would like to celebrate success of the local businesses and their employees this year and look forward to welcoming new businesses into this enterprising town in the future.

The Employer of the Year Award

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 will be looking for:

• Positive leadership and management

• An integrated ethical culture across the company

• A clear human resources policy that creates a stimulating and supportive workplace

• How employees are engaged with company values and strategic goals

Sponsored by Ideal Recruit ideal-recruit.com

We are professional and experienced recruiters to the Automotive, Aerospace and Engineering sectors. We also provide high volume staffing solutions to businesses looking for a reliable, quality temporary workforce. Ideal Recruit understands that to deliver exceptional staffing solutions, knowledge and quality is paramount. As a team, Ideal Recruit holds quality at the forefront of our success and we make sure it is incorporated into everything we do, for both candidates and clients alike. We endeavour to be recognised as a valued and productive part of a client’s supply chain in order to effectively reduce costs, save time and increase internal efficiencies.

The John Kennedy Apprenticeship Award

ENTRY CRITERIA – This category seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an employers’ commitment to developing their workforce through Apprenticeships. Judges will look for employers who showcase the benefits gained from their on-going commitment to apprenticeships.

Sponsored by Burnley Bondholders burnley.co.uk

The Bondholder Scheme is an innovative and powerful network of organisations who believe what is good for Burnley is good for business. Member organisations contribute financially or in-kind to promoting our town as a place to live, work, visit and invest.

This award pays tribute to John Kennedy (1958-2016), former General Manager at TRW – a true champion of Burnley . John was passionate about training and skilling our young generation and this award is a proud legacy to his support and commitment to Burnley and upskilling its workforce.

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