The winner of this category is likely to have its roots in food, farming or agriculture. Judges will be looking for a business that contributes to the rural economy and community, has successfully steered its way through the recession and can demonstrate effective marketing and a strong future.
This award will be presented to the organisation that can demonstrate the most significant contribution to improving the district’s offering as a tourism destination over the past year and is open to any organisation connected to leisure or business tourism. Examples of contribution could be a marketing campaign or strategy which has attracted more visitors to Harrogate District, a refurbishment programme, examples of excellent customer service or partnership work. The winner will need to present tangible evidence of their specific contribution to tourism in Harrogate and District.
This award recognises the business that has shown pre-eminent commitment to the development and welfare of its people, by encouraging communication, creativity and proactivity throughout the organisation.
The winner will be able to show that it appreciates that genuine commitment to, and trust in, its people leads to success in business, as well as a fulfilling and stimulating working environment.
The winner may well have sought external accreditation of its position by achieving Investors in People or other independently audited quality standards.
This award is for smaller businesses that have been trading for at least three years and that can demonstrate dynamism, commitment to growth and success in achieving planned objectives.
Successful entrants will be able to demonstrate a clearly-defined vision for developing and growing the business in terms of both turnover and employment.
While demonstrating entrepreneurial characteristics, successful organisations will have systems in place to measure performance effectively, particularly financial controls.
Staff development and involvement of the workforce will be a key characteristic of the winner, as will strong focus on the customer, with evidence of customer satisfaction and continued commitment to exceeding customer expectations.
This award will be presented to the company that has passed the initial phase in its development and is now looking to consolidate its position within its market sector.
Entrants will demonstrate how they plan to further develop the organisation in terms of both turnover and employment and will also be judged on their achievements thus far in growing their business both financially and in terms of staff development.
They will show a creative and innovative approach in the pursuit of further development, including a strengthening leadership and employee base, and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations.
This category is aimed at larger businesses which have successfully grown their organisation. The company culture will demonstrate an approach to business based on encouraging employee development, creativity and empowerment.
Employees will demonstrate strong proactive relationships with customers and suppliers and a shared ambition to optimise business performance. Strong leadership and clearly defined strategic objectives will have shaped the company’s growth and development.
Entrants should be able to present a strong performance record and explain how their business differentiates itself from competitors.
Judges will be looking for a website that encompasses excellence in content – which is not just text, but may also be music, sound, animation or video – good navigation offering easy access to the breadth and depth of content, good-quality visual design relevant to the audience and the message it is supporting, good functionality and good interactivity.
This category recognises the individual who has made an outstanding contribution in 2014 to their own company or organisation through innovation, entrepreneurship, vision and leadership.
He or she will have had a demonstrable effect on their organisation's performance towards achieving targets. He or she will be focused on results and successes, and show real dynamism and flair. The individual may also have a high profile in the wider Harrogate and district business community, contributing to the success of business organisations and charity support networks. Individuals may enter themselves or anyone can nominate an individual for this category.
This is our highest accolade and we invite the business community of the Harrogate district to send us their nominations for the businessman or businesswoman who is most admired.
The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will have been running a highly successful company or companies in this district for a considerable time. He or she may be respected for their vision and tenacity in their early business years, or for their ability to innovate, have a clear focus and continuously stay ahead of their competitors over a long period.
He or she may have produced a ground-breaking product or service, or be admired for their leadership skills alone.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is likely to be awarded to an individual who has also contributed to the wider business community and to the charitable sector as well.