Reflecting on the Doncaster Chamber Business Awards with last year’s winners
With the deadline for the Doncaster Chamber Business Awards fast approaching, we spoke with some of the winners of the 2018 Awards to learn about the opportunities they have had since winning, their experience of the evening and any advice they have for this year’s entrants.
Keepmoat Homes’ Corporate & Social Responsibility Manager, Mark Burley, reflected that winning the Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility Award has ‘reinforced the importance of sustainability within our business’ and ‘the recognition has increased awareness and engagement amongst internal and external stakeholders’. The award reflects an organisation’s effort and achievement in corporate, social and environmental responsibility and rewards the benefits created by the company as a result of their on-going sustainability.
The Awards provide a platform that will undoubtedly raise your business profile whilst giving you an edge over your competition and attract new business within the community.
Don Bird of Atherton Godfrey commented that winning the Excellence in People Development Award ‘[has raised marketing and profile opportunities] both externally and internally’ and has ‘promoted and enhanced the image of the firm and encouraged a sense of pride in the firm amongst staff’.
The award reflects the efforts and results of a company’s investment in staff development, rewarding evidence of access to development opportunities such as staff training and apprenticeships.
The Awards culminate in a black tie event on Thursday 12th December at the Doncaster Racecourse, a night of celebration as well as a fantastic networking opportunity. Mark Burley said last year's event was ‘A positive and fun celebration of the Doncaster business community’, whilst Don Bird commented that ‘The atmosphere was, in one word, excellent. Warm, inclusive and convivial atmosphere. The visual presentation was inspirational and exciting and the speeches excellent.’
If you are considering entering for this year’s Awards, Mark Burley advises you to ‘Involve stakeholders from across your business, outline the business benefits and how sustainability supports your business vision and mission.’ Don Bird reaffirms that ‘Although the process is rightly challenging, the work on preparing the application and the interview process was interesting and informative.
For more information regarding the Chamber Awards 2019 and to place your entry, visit our Awards pages.
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