Business Champion Awards

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Milly Bones

Principal Consultant, Boost Awards

Awards spotlight – The Business Champion Awards

There’s a brand new award programme on the horizon, The Business Champion Awards. Launched in Autumn 2021, the 2022 awards promise to provide a stress-free entry process. It’s great to see another prestigious business award to add to our calendar – so we thought we’d take a look at the key details for this new entrant.

With 25 years’ experience in the sector, The Business Champion Awards aim to celebrate inspirational stories from business owners up and down the country, from those breaking the mould and disrupting a marketplace, to launching a new business or driving your organisation to be more planet friendly!

So perhaps you’ve introduced something ground-breaking? You’re a small, or new business with great results? Have you created an ambitious growth plan, or put sustainability at the heart of your business? Perhaps diversity and inclusion is a high priority or you have employees you’d like to shine a spotlight on? 

With 12 different categories to choose from, I am sure you’ll find one that ticks the right boxes. From New Business of the Year to The Diversity and Inclusion Programme or Exporter of the Year Awards, there’s something for every UK-based company whether you’re large or small. Have a look through the category list and see what you like the sound of winning! There’s even a special category to highlight those businesses who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic – The Champions in a Crisis Award.

CEO Richard Alvin says, “Awards are about celebrating. If you think it’s time you shone a spotlight on what you and your team have been working hard to achieve, or you wish to nominate someone who deserves the recognition of a nationwide pat on the back, then these are the awards for you.”

Through its nationwide magazine and online news centre, Business Matters, Richard has been witness to thousands of business successes, challenges and turnarounds. In creating the Business Champion Awards, he hopes to build a simple and transparent entry process that rewards hard work, celebrates success, and perhaps most interestingly, gives finalists an opportunity to share and learn from one another. As part of being a carbon neutral programme, every winner will receive 10 trees planted in their name in a carbon trust location near their offices. 

Each of the 12 categories will have a gold, silver and bronze winner, so there’s plenty of opportunity to take home some silverware on the night of the planned in-person finals. A great evening is sure to be had, with host Huw Edwards in The East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf on 23rd March 2022.

How to enter

The final deadline for entry is 15th January 2022, so there’s plenty of time to get your entry ready to submit. Simply register online using the online form and create your entry there using the online entry portal. There are entry fees of £249+VAT per entry.

The judges would like information on your actions and achievements, as well as some business financials and employee numbers, so it’s worth reviewing the entire form so you can gather the information needed for your category before the deadline.

Ten entrants from each category are put forward as finalists, and will present to a virtual judging panel in a second stage judging process. Finalists will be able to access a series of videos with extensive tips for maximising their ability at the face-to-face presentations.  

The categories

As I mentioned, there are 12 different categories to choose from, and no limit to the number of entries you can put forward. Have a look through the descriptions below and see what you think is the best fit for your business:

Entrepreneur of the year: Whether you’re putting yourself forward or nominating someone who you feel deserves this title, seeking, recognising opportunities and deliberating risks and maximising potential for growth, training and leadership all come into consideration for this award.

SME of the year: If your business has been running for a while, offering a high level of product or service, and it has managed to overcome the challenges and ride high on the successes that have breathed new life into it, then your business could be deserving of this award.

New business of the year: If your business has burst onto the scene within the last three years to receive great success and respect from your clients or consumers then this is the award for you.

Exporter of the year: There’s a vast amount of logistics involved in any business, however, mention exporting as part of your business plan and whether you’re exporting to one specific destination or multiple, the amount of logistics trebles, if not more.

The growth business of the year: If you’re obsessed with numbers, spreadsheets and bottom lines and you’ve seen a tangible rise in these coinciding with an expansion to your product offering or service, then this award is for you.

Young entrepreneur of the year: You’ve always felt like you wanted to achieve something a little different compared to your classmates. Perhaps you’ve grown up only ever wanting to achieve what you’ve achieved. Either way, other people wish that you could bottle up your drive and commitment and sell that so that they can have your ingenuity and success.

The business transformation award: Have you just saved your business from floundering to seeing bottom lines rising over the past three years? Perhaps you’ve adopted a family business that needed to change with the times or bought a business that needed a serious overhaul.

The sustainable business award: Are you passionate about being planet-friendly? Have you reconsidered every angle of your internal and customer-facing processes to become fully sustainable and lower your environmental impact?

The diversity and inclusion award: Being aware enough of the ongoing issues in society is one thing, putting plans in place to ensure diversity and inclusivity in the work place is no mean feat. If you and your business have accomplished this, that needs to be celebrated.

Champions in a crisis award: This year this award focuses on paying homage to the business owners who went above and beyond during the Covid-19 crisis.

Top tips

Entering business awards is all about telling the story of your business. You need to make sure that your entry stands out in a crowd – particularly as this is the first year for The Business Champion Awards. It’s highly likely that judges will have several entries to read, so making the ‘so what?’ factor clear will help them understand why your initiative has been so vital to your individual business.

You’ll need to grab the judges’ attention – and then keep your writing informative and interestingly using facts and evidence that substantiates your claims to keep it! Judges don’t just want to know what you did, they want to hear about the impact, too. A great approach is to find a blend of what you did as well as what you actually achieved.

These awards have a live, virtual second-stage judging in the form of a presentation. Love them or hate them, live presentations offer you a great chance to really bring your story to life and expand on the key parts you want the judges to know about. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the finals, make sure you remind yourself of the original judging criteria, know your entry and your story inside-out in preparation for a Q&A session, and don’t forget to add in anything new that’s happened since you first wrote the story up – judges love to see an ongoing journey!

 

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“Awards are about celebrating. If you think it’s time you shone a spotlight on what you and your team have been working hard to achieve, or you wish to nominate someone who deserves the recognition of a nationwide pat on the back, then these are the awards for you.” Richard Alvin, CEO, Business Champion Awards. 

Next steps?

Have you been reading this guidance thinking you’d like to pick up a trophy at the inaugural Business Champion Awards in March? Or perhaps you are looking at the entry form, not knowing where to start? Sometimes it’s beneficial for someone outside of your business to take a look at your achievements and sing your praises. As it’s the first year for these awards, we expect them to popular, so please get in touch asap to see how we might be able to help write your entry. Our team would be happy to give you a call to help you double-check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email directly via info@boost-awards.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Milly

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,700 credible business awards. Uniquely we have a whole team of in-house writers, graphic designers and awards experts to give you maximum support when entering awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Milly Bones and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Images used with the kind permission of Business Champion Awards, which sponsored this content. 

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Business Champion Awards

milly bones

Milly Bones

Principal Consultant, Boost Awards

Awards spotlight – The Business Champion Awards

There’s a brand new award programme on the horizon, The Business Champion Awards. Launched in Autumn 2021, the 2022 awards promise to provide a stress-free entry process. It’s great to see another prestigious business award to add to our calendar – so we thought we’d take a look at the key details for this new entrant.

With 25 years’ experience in the sector, The Business Champion Awards aim to celebrate inspirational stories from business owners up and down the country, from those breaking the mould and disrupting a marketplace, to launching a new business or driving your organisation to be more planet friendly!

So perhaps you’ve introduced something ground-breaking? You’re a small, or new business with great results? Have you created an ambitious growth plan, or put sustainability at the heart of your business? Perhaps diversity and inclusion is a high priority or you have employees you’d like to shine a spotlight on? 

With 12 different categories to choose from, I am sure you’ll find one that ticks the right boxes. From New Business of the Year to The Diversity and Inclusion Programme or Exporter of the Year Awards, there’s something for every UK-based company whether you’re large or small. Have a look through the category list and see what you like the sound of winning! There’s even a special category to highlight those businesses who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic – The Champions in a Crisis Award.

CEO Richard Alvin says, “Awards are about celebrating. If you think it’s time you shone a spotlight on what you and your team have been working hard to achieve, or you wish to nominate someone who deserves the recognition of a nationwide pat on the back, then these are the awards for you.”

Through its nationwide magazine and online news centre, Business Matters, Richard has been witness to thousands of business successes, challenges and turnarounds. In creating the Business Champion Awards, he hopes to build a simple and transparent entry process that rewards hard work, celebrates success, and perhaps most interestingly, gives finalists an opportunity to share and learn from one another. As part of being a carbon neutral programme, every winner will receive 10 trees planted in their name in a carbon trust location near their offices.

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Each of the 12 categories will have a gold, silver and bronze winner, so there’s plenty of opportunity to take home some silverware on the night of the planned in-person finals. A great evening is sure to be had, with host Huw Edwards in The East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf on 23rd March 2022.

How to enter

The final deadline for entry is 15th January 2022, so there’s plenty of time to get your entry ready to submit. Simply register online using the online form and create your entry there using the online entry portal. There are entry fees of £249+VAT per entry.

The judges would like information on your actions and achievements, as well as some business financials and employee numbers, so it’s worth reviewing the entire form so you can gather the information needed for your category before the deadline.

Ten entrants from each category are put forward as finalists, and will present to a virtual judging panel in a second stage judging process. Finalists will be able to access a series of videos with extensive tips for maximising their ability at the face-to-face presentations.

The categories

 

As I mentioned, there are 12 different categories to choose from, and no limit to the number of entries you can put forward. Have a look through the descriptions below and see what you think is the best fit for your business:

Entrepreneur of the year: Whether you’re putting yourself forward or nominating someone who you feel deserves this title, seeking, recognising opportunities and deliberating risks and maximising potential for growth, training and leadership all come into consideration for this award.

SME of the year: If your business has been running for a while, offering a high level of product or service, and it’s managed to overcome the challenges and ride high on the successes that have breathed new life into it, then your business could be deserving of this award.

New business of the year: If your business has burst onto the scene within the last three years to receive great success and respect from your clients or consumers then this is the award for you.

Exporter of the year: There’s a vast amount of logistics involved in any business, however, mention exporting as part of your business plan and whether you’re exporting to one specific destination or multiple, the amount of logistics trebles, if not more.

The growth business of the year: If you’re obsessed with numbers, spreadsheets and bottom lines and you’ve seen a tangible rise in these coinciding with an expansion to your product offering or service then this award is for you.

Young entrepreneur of the year: You’ve always felt like you wanted to achieve something a little different compared to your classmates. Perhaps you’ve grown up only ever wanting to achieve what you’ve achieved. Either way, other people wish that you could bottle up your drive and commitment and sell that so that they can have your ingenuity and success.

The business transformation award: Have you just saved your business from floundering to seeing bottom lines rising over the past three years? Perhaps you’ve adopted a family business that needed to change with the times or bought a business that needed a serious overhaul.

The sustainable business award: Are you passionate about being planet-friendly? Have you reconsidered every angle of your internal and customer facing processes to become fully sustainable and lower your environmental impact?

The diversity and inclusion award: Being aware enough of the ongoing issues in society is one thing, putting plans in place to ensure diversity and inclusivity in the work place is no mean feat. If you and your business have accomplished this, that needs to be celebrated.

Champions in a crisis award: This year this award focuses on paying homage to the business owners who went above and beyond during the Covid-19 crisis.

Top tips

 

 

Entering business awards is all about telling the story of your business. You need to make sure that your entry stands out in a crowd – particularly as this is the first year for the Business Champion Awards. It’s highly likely that judges will have several entries to read, so making the ‘so what?’ factor clear will help them understand why your initiative has been so vital to your individual business.

You’ll need to grab the judges’ attention – and then keep your writing informative and interestingly using facts and evidence that substantiates your claims to keep it! Judges don’t just want to know what you did, they want to hear about the impact, too. A great approach is to find a blend of what you did as well as what you actually achieved.

These awards have a live, second-stage judging in the form of a virtual presentation. Love them or hate them, live presentations offer you a great chance to really bring your story to life and expand on the key parts you want the judges to know about. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the finals, make sure you remind yourself of the original judging criteria, know your entry and your story inside-out in preparation for a Q&A session, and don’t forget to add in anything new that’s happened since you first wrote the story up – judges love to see an ongoing journey!

 

business champion awards 2022

“Awards are about celebrating. If you think it’s time you shone a spotlight on what you and your team have been working hard to achieve, or you wish to nominate someone who deserves the recognition of a nationwide pat on the back, then these are the awards for you.” Richard Alvin, CEO, Business Champion Awards.

Next steps?

Have you been reading this guidance thinking you’d like to pick up a trophy at the inaugural Business Champion Awards in March? Or perhaps you are looking at the entry form, not knowing where to start? Sometimes it’s beneficial for someone outside of your business to take a look at your achievements and sing your praises. As it’s the first year for these awards, we expect them to popular, so please get in touch asap to see how we might be able to help write your entry. Our team would be happy to give you a call to help you double-check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email directly via info@boost-awards.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Milly

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,700 credible business awards. Uniquely we have a whole team of in-house writers, graphic designers and awards experts to give you maximum support when entering awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Milly Bones and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Images used with the kind permission of Business Champion Awards, which sponsored this content. 

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