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E-BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Marcomedia & Stratford Original

This category is for businesses which have harnessed digital technology in their business, and helped to raise the company profile, profitability or efficiency.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • How digital technology has helped your business to raise its profile
  • How the use of digital platforms, including website and social media, have helped your business improve profit or efficiency
  • Examples of customer friendly digital products or service
  • Plan for use of digital technology for the next 12 months
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BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: ASR Group

This category is only open to either a business owner or employee who has demonstrated leadership and motivational ability in running and developing their business. You must be nominated by someone else for this category. You cannot nominate yourself.

What the judges will be looking for:

The person must:

  • Be working for, or own a successful business or not for profit organization in the borough
  • Demonstrate vision, ability to motivate, determination,innovation & creativity
  • Must demonstrate (with examples) how their role has been central to the growth/success of the business, including overcoming any obstacles
  • Have a good business track record
  • Be well respected by customers and staff of the business
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Sponsored by: University of East London

The Corporate Social Responsibility award is aimed at commercial businesses which demonstrate how they integrate the success and smooth running of their business with a strong sense of responsibility and consideration for their role as a corporate citizen.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • To be able to demonstrate where applicable their commitment and involvement in the key areas of CSR
  • Examples of good CSR practices
  • Quantifiable benefits of your CSR program
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BUSINESS GROWTH

Sponsored by: Newham College of Further Education

This category is open to businesses which are able to demonstrate business growth within the market place over the last 18 months.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Growth achieved against business plan
  • Provision of figures demonstrating growth of your business in sales, staff, profits, etc.
  • Plans for future growth targets over the coming 12 months
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BEST INNOVATION IN BUSINESS

Sponsored by: iXact Ltd

This category is for businesses which have been innovative in their business, and helped to raise the company profile, profitability or efficiency.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • How innovation has helped your business to raise its profile
  • How the uses of innovative products or services have helped your business improve profit or efficiency
  • Examples of innovative products or services
  • Plan for use of innovation for the next 12 months
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GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Newham Training and Education Centre

This category is for businesses which have used environment-friendly management practices to improve working conditions, and/or relationships with customers, suppliers and/or that their green products or services have had a positive impact on their business.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Examples of best green practices
  • Business benefits of your green products, services or actions
  • Examples of how green products or services are designed produced or marketed
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CIVIC & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Sponsored by: Aspers Casino

This category is open to businesses, voluntary and community organisations that have made a contribution to the local community over the last 12 months. Entrants will be measured on their social impact – not on their financial support to organizations.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • How you helped your local community
  • How have your efforts made a difference?
  • Can you demonstrate a track record of delivery?
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SOLE/MICRO TRADER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: London City Airport

This category is open to a small business with 5 employees or less. You could be working from home, hot-desking, running an online business, a sole trader, market trader, or running a small shop. The main criterion is that your business is thriving.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Creativity and innovation on limited resources
  • Evidence of achievement and sustainability
  • Clear vision for the future
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CUSTOMER SERVICE: SMALL/ MICRO BUSINESS

Sponsored by: Gallions Reach Shopping Park

This category recognises the business that pays attention to the needs of customers and strives for excellence in customer satisfaction and service. This category is for business with 50 or less employees.

What the judges will be looking for:

A business that:

  • Demonstrates a clear example of excellent customer service
  • Has identified its customer needs
  • Engages, trains and manages staff to meet customer expectations at all times
  • Has ongoing strategies to identify initiatives that benefit customers, suppliers and staff
  • Demonstrates commitment to customer service
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CUSTOMER SERVICE: LARGE & MEDIUM BUSINESS

Sponsored by: McDonald’s

This category recognises the business that pays attention to the needs of customers and strives for excellence in customer satisfaction and service. This category is for business with 50 or more employees.

What the judges will be looking for:

A business that:

  • Demonstrates a clear example of excellent customer service
  • Has identified its customer needs
  • Engages, trains and manages staff to meet customer expectations at all times
  • Has ongoing strategies to identify initiatives that benefit customers, suppliers and staff
  • Demonstrates commitment to customer service
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STAFF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Sponsored by: MSG

This category is aimed at companies which have excellent training, education and/or development practices.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Identification of the workforce needs of your business
  • Demonstration of company commitment to training, development and/or education of its workforce
  • What types of training and development do you provide?
  • How will future training and development priorities for the business benefit the business?
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YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Newham London Borough Council

This category is open to a young business owner or employee (under the age of 30) who has demonstrated vision and creativity. You will need to demonstrate that your contribution to the business has had a direct impact on its success.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Your vision for the business
  • How you have achieved your objectives, and overcome obstacles
  • Your plan for the coming year
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POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

Sponsored by: Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham

This category is is open to small and medium sized businesses, i.e. up to 250 employees, who value the mental health and wellbeing of their staff and are working towards a workplace that puts the mental health and wellbeing of their staff at the heart of their business.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • How you promote mental health and wellbeing for all employees?
  • What support you offer employees who experience mental health challenges?
  • How you assesses the effectiveness of your approach?
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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Newham Chamber of Commerce

This category will be awarded by the judging panel and is only open to the winners of each of the other categories. Each winner will be automatically considered. You cannot nominate yourself.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Best of the best businesses
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