Oldham Chronicle Business Awards
Date published: 26 November 2008
The deadline for entries has now been extended to Friday 13 February 2009.
WINNERS of the inaugural One Oldham Chronicle Business Awards will be recognised by their peers as among the best in the borough.
In addition to a specially commissioned trophy, which can take pride of place in boardrooms and receptions, winners will receive a profile in the pages of the Evening Chronicle, a framed copy of the article ad the acclaim of hundreds of people at a gala presentation dinner at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, on Friday April 3.
All shortlisted finalists will receive two tickets to the Oscars-style event and sponsors are also offering prizes. Oldham Athletic have offered a table for eight in their sponsors' lounge and talks are progressing with the Oldham rugby club for a similar prize at a home game. The Chronicle is to offer advertising to the winner of the Retailer of the Year accolade.
How to enter:
Download the form linked to this article at the bottom of the page, fill in, print it out and return to:
Oldham Business Awards, 172 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1EQ
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by RBS Commercial
THIS is the premier award in the Oldham business year.
The winning business will have a turnover in excess of £1 million and must be able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and vision and a successful performance against it objectives.
We will consider businesses operating in any commercial or industrial sector but are looking for evidence of exceptional growth and/or increased trading profit, success in finding new import/export opportunities, new product/service development and/or new production techniques.
Sponsored by Innovative Technology
LAUNCHING your own business requires a wide range of skills and qualities (and a fair degree of courage).
The winner will be able to demonstrate that from the initial seed of an idea they identified an opportunity in the marketplace; developed, manufactured or sourced a product; took this to customers and successfully made sales.
The judges will take into consideration sales growth, profit achievement, number of people employed, evidence of a satisfied customer base.
To qualify, your business should not have been operating as a trading entity before January, 2008.
BUSINESSMAN/WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Businessman sponsored by the Asian Business Association / Businesswoman sponsored by Web Applications
TWO individual awards here for our Man and Woman of the Year.
The winners will be Oldham-based individuals who have made a significant business contribution in the past year.
The awards are aimed at individuals at all levels, from chairman of a large entity to sole trader. The contribution could be by way of improving financial performance, developing new products, developing people or it could just be something special he or she has brought to business life of Oldham.
It could be someone who has fired the imagination by an innovative approach.
INNOVATION AND DESIGN
Sponsored by BAE Systems
THIS award aims to encourage and recognise innovative ideas and people and their competitive advantages and is intended to promote the standing of a business in the community and respective industry.
Tell us how you have innovated new products and services, how the needs of your business can create innovative solutions which can reflect your capability to others.
We want to promote Oldham as an area of innovative people and solutions so tell us how you and your staff have shared new ideas, innovated and how you challenged each other to make the benefits outweigh the obstacles.
This award will acknowledge individual effort and achievement, recognise and promote achievements and success through innovation and recognise improved business performance through the design and application of a new business or technological solution.
Sponsored by Oldham Sixth-Form College
THIS award is looking for an individual who has shown the desire to succeed and who has the flair, the drive and the ambition to make it happen.
Open to those aged 30 and under on June 1, 2008, this category seeks out the best young entrepreneur in Oldham.
The winner will be able to demonstrate to the judges a high degree of entrepreneurship, great potential to succeed and a well defined vision for the future.
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Oldham Town-Centre Partnership
FOR the retailer of the year award we are looking for a business in any retail sector that has shown it can differentiate itself from its competition in order to successfully attract and sell to its customers.
In addition to sales and profit growth, the winner of this category will display creativeness around its shop presentation/layout and product offering.
Evidence of outstanding levels of customer service will feature highly in the judges' assessment of this category.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by RBS Retail
IN this category the winner will be a business whose turnover was less than £1 million in its 2008 year-end accounts.
The judges will be looking for evidence of improvement or excellence in similar areas to those set out for the main category of Business of the Year.
A special Lifetime Achievement award will be made. This is sponsored by Manchester Cabins.
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