Categories & Criteria 

Entries are now closed. The 2017 Doncaster Business Award Categories are as follows:


Excellence in Customer Service – Sponsored by Handelsbanken

This award is presented to a business that demonstrates they truly have the customer at the very heart of their business. Judging criteria includes customer service standards and strategy, business performance, customer care, and how customer service has driven business growth. 

Excellence in Marketing and Communications - Sponsored by Taylor Bracewell

This award is presented to the company that demonstrates innovative communications and marketing campaigns to reach its target customer base with demonstrable results for its business. Judging criteria includes evidence of clear objectives and how these are measured; evidence of how brand awareness has increased; mechanisms in place to convert activities into commercial sales; and how communications have contributed to business success and growth, including financial performance. 

Excellence in People Development and Training - Sponsored by Clemence Rogers Recruitment

This award will be presented to the company who demonstrates their efforts and results from investing in their staff development to support the business and its growth. Judging criteria will include evidence of access to development opportunities, including apprenticeships, offered to staff and how staff are able to progress through the organisation. 

Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility - Sponsored by Cementation Skanska

The award will be presented to the organisation who has a clear and demonstrable strategy for their efforts and achievements in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility. Criteria and judging will be based on the benefits received by the company, customers, communities and the environment, and the on-going sustainability of the business' efforts.

Success Through Overseas Trade - Sponsored by NatWest

This award will go to a company who has expanded into new or existing geographic markets outside the UK. The award will take into consideration the company's strategy behind moving into new and existing international markets, sales achieved, any new product development, and innovative approaches to international sales.

Success Through Innovation and Diversification - Sponsored by Unipart Rail

This category recognises firms that have identified new ways to stay ahead of the competition. This award will go to a company that has been innovative in its approach to business in these challenging times and that has achieved success through diversification into new products or markets. 

Success Through Partnership Working - Sponsored by Fastline

This award recognises the combined ability of partnered organisations to seek out and develop partnerships that move beyond normal commercial relationships to deliver real added value to all partners, customers and other stakeholders. 

Rising Star of the Year - Sponsored by Doncaster College and University Centre

This award provides you with the opportunity to nominate and acknowledge an employee from your business who, in your opinion, has a promising bright future and has already shown an outstanding performance in the past year within the workplace.

Open to entrants between 18 -24 years old, either in a part-time, full time or an apprenticeship role the judges will be looking for how hard work and commitment, coupled with a positive attitude has proven already some demonstrable benefits to your business. 

Please note that all entrants of this category must be aged between 18-24 at the time of submitting the entry.

Business Start Up of the Year - Sponsored by Business Doncaster

This award will go to an organisation that is based in Doncaster (DN postcode) or is a Doncaster Chamber member, that has been trading under 2 years by December 2017. The organisation must be able to demonstrate continued growth since start-up whilst meeting and overcoming challenges. It will take into consideration market awareness, vision for the future of the business, strong commercial performance and financial results.

Third Sector Business or Organisation of the Year - Sponsored by Allotts Chartered Accountants

This award will go to a third sector business or organisation that the judges believe has been clear in its goals and strategy, effectively promoted its cause and beneficiaries and demonstrated excellent customer service whilst simultaneously showing growth and sustainability as an organisation since inception. 

SME Business of the Year - Sponsored by Together

The SME Business of the Year Award will be given to the company that best demonstrate all-round excellence in business. The judging will focus on financial performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, a commitment to customer service, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. 

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Large Business of the Year – Sponsored by Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The Large Business of the Year Award will be given to the company that best demonstrate all-round excellence in business. The judging will focus on financial performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, a commitment to customer service, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. 

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Lifetime Achievement Award*

The winner of the award should meet all of the below criteria:

1. The winner of the award should be able to demonstrate at least twenty years of outstanding achievement working either in or with the private sector.

2. The winner of this award should have a strong connection with Doncaster, its economy and communities, demonstrating a real commitment to the betterment of the borough and its people through their corporate, social and environmental responsibilities.

3. The winner of this award should have aspired to and achieved business excellence throughout their career, demonstrating the key tenets of: profitability, competitive advantage, innovation, flexibility, diversification and customer service.

4. The winner of this award should have shown strong leadership characteristics throughout their career successfully developing and inspiring others to match and exceed their own achievements.

5. The winner of this award should be at a point in their careers whereby the receipt of this award is timely and appropriate; for example, marking the start or close of a particular chapter in the winner’s professional life.

6. The winner of this award should be an upstanding member of the community and there should not be anything within their careers that, on winning this award, would cause them or the Chamber embarrassment.


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