Chamber Annual Recognition Awards 2021 – now open!

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Entries are now open for the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce Annual Recognition Awards.

The awards, sponsored by Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, celebrate the success of Chamber members and highlight the achievements of businesses and organisations from across the region.

Members have the opportunity to nominate themselves for eight different award categories and can enter as many as they wish.

“We are thrilled to be headline sponsors of the Annual Chamber Awards this year, especially as the event falls during the same year as the Chamber’s centenary celebrations,” said Robert Elis, director at Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

“I am strong believer in supporting local businesses, and we are very fortunate in West Cheshire and North Wales to have so many great businesses.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase your organisation, good luck to all of you.”

Finalists will be revealed on September 20 with the winners announced at a prestigious Annual Dinner & Recognition Awards ceremony on November 12.

 “We are so pleased to bring back our Annual Recognition Awards for 2021,” said Debbie Bryce, chief executive officer at the Chamber of Commerce.

“It has been an incredibly challenging period for businesses but we are keen to celebrate the success of our members who have shown incredible resilience and innovation over the last year.

“The awards give our members the opportunity to get the recognition they deserve and, with a host of categories to choose from, there are awards suitable for businesses of all sizes and sectors.

“This year’s Annual Recognition Awards are extra special as they take place during the Chamber’s 100th year of supporting business.

“This gives even more significance to our awards ceremony in November and a bigger reason for members to get their entries in, as you never know, we could be announcing your business as a winner!”

The award categories are as follows:

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers Award for Business of the Year

This is the premier award for businesses in West Cheshire & North Wales and is open to companies of any size, working in any commercial or industrial sector.

The company must demonstrate:

  • A successful track record of excellence and achievement;
  • Measurable growth, increased trading profit, new product/service development or new production techniques.

Start-Up Business of the Year Award- Sponsored by Zodeq Ltd

This award is open to businesses that have been trading for less than 2 years and seeks to recognise the determination and hard work of entrepreneurs across West Cheshire & North Wales.

The company must demonstrate:

  • Passion, vision and capacity for realising this vision;
  • Sound research and planning, with a focus on future growth;
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving;

Young Person/Apprentice of the Year Award - Sponsored by SQR Group Ltd

This award is to highlight the exceptional contribution of a young person or an apprentice, aged 25 or under, to the success and growth of a business based in West Cheshire and North Wales.

The nominated person should demonstrate:

  • They have developed and grown their skill set.
  • Made a significant contribution to the business.
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and a positive attitude.

Please note the maximum age for this award is 25.

Export & International Trade Award - Sponsored by Edge Transport Ltdr

This award recognises the strength of exporters in West Cheshire & North Wales. 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 company must demonstrate:

  • 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

Business Growth Award – Sponsored by NatWest Business Banking

This award is open to businesses of all sizes and recognises those 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 company must demonstrate:

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

Made a Difference Award - Sponsored by Acton Edocs Systems Limited

This award recognises a business, or one of their employees, that have made a difference to the social well-being of their local community. This could be through volunteer and charity work or by any means where the business or employee has gone above and beyond to support their community.

The company or individual must demonstrate;

  • The aims of the project or initiative that they have been involved in
  • Rationale or reasons for doing it
  • Activities undertaken
  • The impact that you or your company's activities have had on your local community.

Customer Excellence Award - Sponsored by Chrysalis People Solutions

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 company must demonstrate:

  • 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.

Young Chamber Award - Sponsored by Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association For Wales

As we bring the education and businesses closer through our Young Chamber programme, we look forward to celebrating the achievements of Young Chamber students and the involvement of one of our Young Chamber schools or colleges over the previous year.

Excellence in Sustainability - Sponsored by Wrexham Glyndŵr University

This award recognises businesses that are leading the way to a low carbon, low waste and sustainable future.

The company must demonstrate:

  • How they have reduced their environmental impact and the steps they have taken to do so, whether this has been directly or in the company’s supply chain
  • The positive outcomes of the changes that have been made eg reduction in carbon footprint, reduced waste etc
  • Any further benefits that have been seen as a result of the changes made eg reduced costs, positive reflection on brand etc

For further details visit www.wcnwchamber.org.uk

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Chester & Wrexham - 01244 343504, info@ellis-uk.com