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diversity and success

We’re launching a new programme of award events, celebrating business diversity and success. You are the disruptors, the innovators and the beating heart driving this region forward.

Now is the time to recognise your achievements.

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Welcome to the Chamber business awards

Creating a world where businesses in the North East of England can thrive as a collective force. You are the disruptors, the innovators and the beating heart driving this region forward. Now is the time to recognise your achievements. We’re delighted to announce North East England Chamber of Commerce is organising a new programme of award events, the North East England Chamber Awards.

Our headline sponsor

Bernicia is a housing association fully focused on our region, Bernicia recognises the great work that the North East of England Chamber of Commerce does to support the region’s business community, and to promote the scale and range of opportunities that the North East has to offer.

There’s lots of fantastic businesses across the region doing great things every day, helping the North East thrive. The Chamber Awards shine a light on these achievements and put North East businesses on a national stage, showcasing innovation, collaboration and our shared determination to help the region grow and prosper. As associate sponsor, we’re delighted to be part of championing our region as a great place to live, work and do business.

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With thanks to our award delivery partners

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Celebrate the region's successes at our award events

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Inspiring Female Awards categories and criteria

Most inspiring employer (multiple awards)

Awarded to the member organisations which have made a significant contribution to the development and retention of their female workforce, whilst inspiring the next female generation. Within this category there are four awards for each membership package, meaning members are competing against similar sized organisations from an employee perspective. These are Small & Essentials, Medium, Global and Partner & President’s Club members.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Organisations demonstrating internal support to female colleagues
  • External and internal initiatives to support female talent or inspire the next generation
  • The impact of internal and external initiatives

Inspiring Female Awards categories and criteria

Apprentice of the Year

Would you like to recognise an outstanding female apprentice you have within your organisation or know personally or professionally? Individuals are welcome to nominate themselves, or individuals are welcome to nominate others.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of whether the apprentice has demonstrated drive and determination to succeed in their role
  • Nominees are welcome from a STEM or male dominated environment
  • What influence this apprentice has made from a commercial perspective
  • The individual should be a current apprentice or have completed an apprenticeship between now and 1 January 2019

Sponsored by: Esh Group

Inspiring Female Awards categories and criteria

Community & CSR inspiring female of the year

This will be awarded to the individual who has actively been involved in supporting charity or the local community. The nominee would also be someone who has implemented initiatives and champions corporate social responsibility. The winner will be passionate about making a difference. Individuals are welcome to nominate themselves, or individuals are welcome to nominate others.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Nominees must demonstrate specific initiatives that have made a difference to the local community and/ or the environment.
  • Nominees must demonstrate the impact of initiatives.
  • Extra credit will be given if the nominee’s achievements are outside her employment.

Inspiring Female Awards categories and criteria

Inspiring female (multiple awards)

Focusing on individuals within our member organisations who deserve recognition, be it on their contribution to their organisation, the region or to other colleagues. Within this category there are four awards for each membership package, meaning members are competing against similar sized organisations from an employee perspective. These are Small & Essentials, Medium, Global and Partner & President’s Club members. Individuals are welcome to nominate themselves, or individuals are welcome to nominate others.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of how this individual is a role model who inspires others
  • Individuals that possess passion and drive
  • Testimonials on the individual

Sponsored by: Womble Bond Dickinson

Inspiring Female Awards categories and criteria

Inspiring female business leader of the year

This category is open to inspiring females who have a strong regional profile and have achieved accomplishments of significance over their career. Nominees will possess qualities of vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive and leadership. Individuals are welcome to nominate themselves, or individuals are welcome to nominate others.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Well demonstrated competence in their field and how this has benefited the region or our business community
  • How this individual is a role model to others
  • Extra credit will be given to individuals who evidence commitment and delivery of CSR and support of a charity, plus evidence of achievements outside their field
  • Testimonials will be required

Inspiring Female Awards categories and criteria

Outstanding contribution to the North East – Chamber inspiring female of the year

This special award will be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution over a continued period. This recipient of this award has been specially selected by a panel consisting of representatives from the Senior Chamber Team, Chamber Board, Chamber Council and the category sponsors, North East Times Group.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Contribution to their field both regionally and nationally
  • Contribution to the advancement of women or women in business
  • Contribution outside of just the business community to our region as a whole

Sponsored by: North East Times

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Business Awards categories and criteria

E-commerce business of the year

This award recognises the strength and creativity of the North Easts e-commerce businesses as well as the resilience required for the fast paced nature of doing business online. The award will go to the business that has delivered an outstanding online customer journey, showing responsiveness to customers’ needs, with the business results and growth to match. Entrants for the award must stand out from the crowd, taking user experience, design, digital marketing and exceptional end to end purchasing experience to the next level.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Growth strategy through e-commerce
  • Innovation of techniques used to identify, attract and convert new customers
  • The methods used to understand customer’s online experience and how the resulting changes have delivered success

Business Awards categories and criteria

Export business of the year

This award recognises the strength of North East exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The level of exports when compared to the size and sector of the organisation
  • The barriers that have been overcome e.g. languages
  • The degree to which products/services are new and markets non-traditional
  • Innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets

Sponsored by: Teeside International Airport

Business Awards categories and criteria

High Growth Business of the Year

This award is open to businesses of all sizes and recognises businesses that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate the highest levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Significant growth and/or expansion
  • Innovative products, services, applications and/or operations
  • Financial performance
  • Plans for further growth and/or expansion

Sponsored by: Womble Bond Dickinson

Business Awards categories and criteria

Customer commitment award

Recognising organisations with a focus on customer service and care, this award has been designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and commitment in the ever-important area of customer service.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • A robust customer service strategy and evidence of how this is implemented
  • Evidence of a strong business performance
  • How customer care is tied into staff development plans and how this has driven business growth

Sponsored by: Karbon Homes

Business Awards categories and criteria

Small business of the Year

Open to organisations employing up to 75 full time members of staff. This award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates the company's products/services from their competitors
  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Potential for growth
  • Evidence of the businesses commitment to staff

Business Awards categories and criteria

Best use of technology award

This award recognises organisations that have fully exploited the range of technology available to them to grow their business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to transform their business.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The range of technology used in conducting day to day business
  • How technology has improved the businesses processes and efficiency
  • The use of technology to improve customer service and engagement
  • How the above practices influence the organisation’s supply chain

Sponsored by: Northern Skills group

Business Awards categories and criteria

Employer of the year

This award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in the promotion and implementation of a learning and development culture. Entrants for this award must communicate how this culture has contributed to the business achieving outstanding success.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Why learning and development is important to the organisation
  • How training needs and skills requirements are assessedy
  • Investment, commitment and support given to staff
  • Direct benefit gained by both individuals and the organisation

Business Awards categories and criteria

Workplace wellbeing award

This award recognises businesses that are creating an environment for their employees to succeed by demonstrating their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence that the health and wellbeing of your employees is embedded in your businesses culture
  • The activities that your organisation undertakes to promote and encourage the positive health and wellbeing of your staff
  • How you assess your employee’s health and wellbeing needs
  • The impact that your health and wellbeing initiatives have had on your employees and the wider business

Sponsored by: Gateshead College

Business Awards categories and criteria

Family business of the year

This award is open to businesses of all sizes, operating in any sector, that is family owned and run by two members of the family. Entrants will need to show how they are preparing the next generation of their family to ensure continued family ownership of the business. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate how the family businesses nature and values have contributed to success across the business.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • How the family values influence the business
  • The Board and ownership structure of the business and how decisions are made
  • How the interests of the family are balanced against the interests of the business

Sponsored by: North East Times

Business Awards categories and criteria

Business leader of the year

The recipient of this award will be selected by a panel consisting of representatives from the Senior Chamber Team, Chamber Board, Chamber Council and the category sponsors, Brewin Dolphin.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Contribution to their field both regionally and nationally
  • Contribution outside of the just the business community to our region as a whole
  • Significant contribution to their current or previous businesses or related organisations

Sponsored by: Brewin Dolphin

Business Awards categories and criteria

Company of the year

The winning organisation will be selected by a panel consisting of representatives from the Senior Chamber Team, Chamber Board, Chamber Council and the category sponsors, Esh Group.

*The regional winner of this award at the Final will automatically be shortlisted at the national British Chamber of Commerce Awards in November 2020.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Financial success and evidence of continued financial success or growth
  • Outstanding leadership
  • A commitment to colleagues within that organisation
  • A commitment to serving and representing North East England

Sponsored by: Esh Group

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Maximise brand awareness through sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information please contact

Daniel Marsden-Knight, Events programme + Development manager
daniel.mk@neechamber.co.uk

Entry Process

1.

When do the Awards open for entry?

The awards are now open. Entry is free and open to Chamber members only.

2.

When is the closing date for entries?

Closing date is Friday 21 February 2020

3.

What are the Business Award categories?

The award categories are all shown above in categories and criteria

4.

How many categories can I enter?

Businesses can enter as many categories as they choose.

5.

How do I enter the Awards?

All entries must be submitted via the Chamber Awards online entry system, you can log in and amend this as many times as you wish.

6.

When will I find out if I am shortlisted for the heats?

Shortlisted winners will be announced on 21 February 2020.

7.

When are the heat winners announced?

Heat winners will be announced at the Chamber Business Awards, North, Central and South lunches.

8.

When are the final winners announced?

North, Central and South winners will be announced at heat lunches throughout the spring. Heat category winners will then go onto at the Business Awards Final, on 25 June 2020. Inspiring Females Awards do not have heats events and the regional final for these awards will take place on 21 May 2020. Winners are announced at inspiring females, on 21 May 2020. Winners are announced at the Business Awards Final, on 25 June 2020.

We aim to recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and inspiring businesses and people across our region.

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Award winning entry!

Choose your award-winning project

You may wish to enter awards for your whole business, but if you have a high performing and innovative project then why not win some awards for that too?

Perhaps you’ve collaborated with another business and your business has grown because of it. Winning an award for the collaboration or partnership could strengthen your relationship further and lead to new relationships. You should be aware however; most awards criteria will usually only consider projects or initiatives that have been live for at least year so make sure you check that criteria out!

Create a winning awards strategy

Once you’ve decided on the project you want to win awards for you can begin your winning awards strategy. At this stage, if you don’t get expert help, a quick Google of awards for your industry should give you a good starting point in your research. The Chamber Business Awards welcome entries from all business sectors so this is a great place to start. Next, look to your competitors. Which awards have they been winning or shortlisted for? Winning awards is all about making yourself stand out in your industry as the market leader.

Creating an awards strategy is the first step to success as it makes sure you are in the right race in the first place! Planning which awards and categories to enter this year is vital for your awards journey and makes your efforts more likely to bring you those valuable wins.

Follow the criteria to the letter

Now that you’ve decided on the project, the award, and the category to enter it’s time to tackle writing your award entry. Each category will have set criteria which you need to address. If you follow the criteria to the letter, answering each point concisely and clearly, you will be giving yourself the best chance with the judges

Make the judges’ job as easy as possible and you’re going to score highly, but don’t forget to connect with them emotionally with your story too. By following the criteria closely your entry will be well-structured, easy to follow and will score you plenty of points.

Make your claim… then back it up

If you tell the judges that your employees are the happiest they’ve ever been, prove it! Use reports, graphs, or images to evidence your claims preferably within the body of your entry, or in a supporting document. The format of award entries varies which will impact on how you present your evidence – but that’s no excuse to leave it out!

Check the format of award entries with the award organisers. Most online entry forms require you to submit a supporting document when you are adding media files, whereas others allow you to insert images, graphs, photos, and videos into the body of the text.

Proofread your way to perfection

So, you’ve worked through each step and you finally have your award entry written, but this is by no means the version you submit. Now you must proofread and edit your award entry. Let your award entry (and yourself) rest before picking it up to proofread. You will be able to pick up on mistakes much easier with a clear head and a bit of distance.

Now that you’ve proofread your entry, it’s time to pass it to a colleague, friend or family member to check for clarity, errors and omissions. When you’ve worked on a piece of writing for so long you can no longer be objective about its impact because you know what you mean, but the judges might not!



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