Hartlepool Business Awards 2024
Award Category Criteria

Best Small Business

This award category is open to any business operating in Hartlepool that has:

  • completed 3 full years of successful trading at the time of the
    application
  • 49 employees or less.

 

In particular, judges are looking for businesses who have shown a drive and determination to succeed, innovation and creativity practices to forge ahead with their business.

  • Judges will consider:
    Plan/vision for establishing your business
  • Evidence of good practice across all aspects of the business i.e. sales and marketing, operations, finance, people etc.
  • Business achievements and successes
  • A commitment to customer service excellence
  • Job creation potential

Best Large Business

This award category is open to all medium and large businesses who have successfully traded for over :

  • 3 years at the time of the application
  • 50 employees or more

 

In particular, judges are looking for businesses who are:-

  • Well established in their sector with a strong track record to
    demonstrate credibility and expertise.
  • Strong and effective director/management team.
  • Solid customer base with case studies to support
  • Provide an Organisational staffing chart
  • Training and development plan to support skills development and succession planning (if applicable).
  • Demonstrates a strong culture and values approach.
  • Job creation and investment in resources
  • Demonstrate effective financial practices
  • Sound policies and procedures to meet employment law and
    legal obligations

Best Professional Services Business

This award category is open to Professional Services businesses such as Accountancy, Law, Architecture, Insurance and Financial services, HR, & Logistics.

Judges will consider strengths in the following areas:

  • Achieved and exceeded their business goal
  • Service excellence
  • Service differentiation
  • Business growth
  • Outstanding customer care

Best Manufacturing or Engineering Business

This award category is open to all manufacturing and engineering businesses.

Judges will consider:

  • Development of new products and services
  • Commercially successful
  • Demonstrates a strong track record in area of expertise
  • Excellence in product quality assurance
  • Strong order book
  • Job creation and investment
  • Embracing lean manufacturing and sustainability
    techniques

Best New Business

This award category is open to dynamic NEW businesses that have launched in Hartlepool, recognising successful entrepreneurship within the business community.

Businesses must have been trading for three years or less at the date of the application.
Judges will consider:

  • Creative and unique business ideas – either in concept or in key
    aspects of its delivery, in the use of innovative solutions or the
    development of new products or services.
  • Sound financial planning and projection of turnover and profit
  • A clear understanding of customers, competitors and the
    marketplace in which the business operates.
  • Level of the owner’s investment/commitment to the business
  • What hurdles the owner(s) overcame in setting up/developing
    the business.
  • Evidence of commercial success
  • Effective use of branding, marketing and digital social media.

Best Creative Business

This award category is open to any business operating in the creative sector e.g. art and design, jewellery design, photography, fashion etc.

Businesses must be at least one year old at the time of applying.

Judges will consider:

  • Creativity and innovation within products and/or services.
  • Evidence to demonstrate there is a clear understanding of
    customer base and prospects for future growth.
  • Evidence of good practice across all aspects of the business i.e.sales and marketing, operations, finance, people etc.
    Commercial success of the business
  • Determination to succeed

Best Digital Business

This award category is open to any business operating in the digital sector.

Businesses must be at least one year old at the time of applying.

Judges will consider:

  • Effective application of digital technology and how this has
    impacted on your business progression.
  • Evidence of good practice across all aspects of the business i.e.
    sales and marketing, operations, finance, people etc.
  • Creativity and innovation within products and/or services
  • Commercial success of the business
  • Determination to succeed

Community Business of the Year

This award category is open to businesses or organisations that facilitates, participates and enables community engagement, demonstrating the power of giving back.

Judges will consider:

  • Innovative approaches to supporting the local community
  • Evidence of positive efforts and outstanding work to support the community and the results.
  • What makes the business a community champion?
  • Case studies and testimonials to demonstrate achievements.

Best Leisure, Food or Hospitality Business

This award category seeks to recognise businesses which operate successfully in the Leisure, Food and Hospitality industry.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Drive and determination to provide a first class leisure, food and hospitality experience for new and existing customers
  • Achievement of hotel and or food quality standards
  • Evidence of customer service excellence achieved
  • Evidence of how the business adds to the visitor economy in Hartlepool including promoting the area and encouraging visitors
  • Effective use of digital marketing to maintain customer engagement,
    reach new audiences and promote the brand
  • Shows commitment to people and skills development & job creation opportunities

Young Entrepreneur Award (age 16-25)

This award category is designed to promote and develop entrepreneurship among young people.

The candidate will, in the last five years, have completed a
programme of vocational education, training or individualised
learning:

  • The candidate has established and sustained a business or
    social enterprise
  • The candidate’s business should be successful, with
    demonstrable profitability or growth in market share/growth in revenue, and the candidate will be able to describe why and how the business makes money
  • The business idea will be original, either in concept or in key aspects of its delivery, in the use of innovative solutions or the development of new products or services
  • The business will demonstrate a local base and a commitment to developing within the Hartlepool economy and supporting the local community

Best Charitable Business

This award category is open to registered charities, large or small. Charities must have been trading for 3 years of more.

Judges will consider awarding for those charities who:-

  • Has consistently delivered outstanding service to its
    beneficiaries
  • Promoted and raised its cause
  • Been clear in its goals and strategy
  • Demonstrated its serves the local community

The Peter Olsen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Hartlepool

This category must be nominated by another individual or company.

Judges will consider:

  • How the individual has had an impact in the wider business
    community in Hartlepool.
  • Challenges they have successfully overcome to achieve this.
  • What positive outcomes have been achieved?

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