Food and drink businesses in Fife still have time to enter The Courier Business Awards, which will celebrate innovation and success across a large part of eastern and central Scotland.

 

The regional daily newspaper, in association with Henderson Loggie, will be recognising the most successful businesses in twelve different categories.

 

The awards are open to businesses that are headquartered or have significant business and employment interests in the Dundee, Perthshire, Fife, Angus and The Mearns, Stirlingshire and / or Clackmannanshire areas. 

 

Editor Richard Neville said, “The benefits of entering The Courier Business Awards go far beyond simply picking up an award.  This is our way of rewarding and celebrating the many dynamic and innovative businesses in our area. 

 

“It is also a way for local businesses to demonstrate their success, acknowledge the effort of their teams, and to raise their profile.  It will be a fantastic networking opportunity and could help them to secure future business.

 

“The Courier Business Awards is our way of showing that Local business Matters.”

 

There is no upper or lower limit on the size of business that may enter the awards, with emerging businesses being encouraged to enter.  All entries must be submitted via the online form available at www.thecourierbusinessawards.com by Friday 21st June 2013.

 

Alliance Trust Chief Executive Katherine Garrett-Cox will chair a panel of judges who will select a shortlist from the nominees, before deciding on a winner for each category.

 

The winners will be announced at a black-tie event at the Fairmont St Andrews in November.

 

Richard added, “The Courier Business Awards is an extremely ambitious campaign.  We can’t wait to see who enters, and what the judges decide.”

ENDS

 

 

Categories:

1.       Tourism Business of the Year

Open to all businesses providing tourism services.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: promotion of the region; service excellence; differentiation and innovation in challenging market; achievement against business goals; commercial success and growth; commitment to marketing and sales; local procurement.

 

2.       Agricultural Business of the Year

Open to all businesses involved in agriculture, or agri-businesses serving the agricultural sector.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: support for rural community; sustainability and environmental awareness; diversification and innovation; achievement against business goals; commercial success and growth.

 

3.       Digital Business of the Year

Open to all businesses working primarily with products or services on a digital platform.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: differentiation and innovation – pushing the boundaries and gaining competitive advantage; commercial success and growth; training and local links; achievement against business goals.

 

4.       Retail Business of the Year

Open to retail businesses.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: service excellence; differentiation and innovation in challenging market; approach to online portals; achievement against business goals; commercial success and growth; commitment to marketing and sales; local supply chains.

 

5.       Life Sciences Business of the Year

Open to companies working in the life sciences industry.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: innovation and research excellence; successful transition to effective and profitable market application; impact; partnership working with academia; achievement against business goals.

 

6.       Manufacturing Business of the Year

Open to manufacturing companies.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: product and productivity development, manufacturing innovation and productivity improvement; achievement against business goals; plant investment; quality and safety standards; commercial success and growth; commitment to the environment and sustainability.

 

7.       Social Impact Business of the Year

Open to any business.

Should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following performance criteria: significant contribution or engagement with the community or environment for non-commercial gain; clear missions and policies towards the environment and community; partnership working; contribution to economic regeneration through social inclusion; influence on suppliers, customers and contacts to adopt best environment, workplace and / or community practices

 

8.       Growth Business of the Year

Open to any business from any sector

Must show evidence of: turnover growth of 100% or greater over the most recent three-year period; growth in employee numbers.

 

9.       Young Business Person of the Year

Open to any person aged under 25 years as at 1st January 2013.

Amongst the qualities judges will be looking for in nominees are: creativity; drive and determination; dedication; entrepreneurship, vision; success.

 

10.   Employer of the Year

Open to any business

Should be able to demonstrate: dedication to development / education of workforce; commitment to welfare and supportive culture; provision of benefits to staff.

 

11.   Business Leader of the Year

Will be chosen from across all categories and named by The Courier Business Awards judging panel.

 

12.   Business of the Year

Will be chosen from across all categories and named by The Courier Business Awards judging panel.

The Courier Business Awards judging panel will consider all entrant businesses from all categories for the Business of the Year award.

The main photograph shows Courier editor Richard Neville

 

 

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