How to enter

Categories, criteria and links to the applications forms are below. Before completing your application/s please note:

  • Our Terms and Conditions and judging process
  • The category information and criteria for the relevant award/s (below)
  • Work on your submission in Microsoft Word (or similar) and copy and paste your answers into the entry form using the relevant link/s below. This is because SurveyMonkey (the application used to submit your entries) does not allow you to save a partially completed application. 
  • Award entries close at 10am Monday 10th September 2018. Good luck!

Business Awards categories overview and links to applications:

Excellence in Customer Service 

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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 People Development

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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 staff training, apprenticeships offered to staff and how staff are able to progress through the organisation. 


Excellence in Corporate, Social & Environmental Responsibility

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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, the environment and the on-going sustainability of the business' efforts. 


Success through Marketing

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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. Please note: Marketing companies are welcome to apply for this award, however answers must be in relation to a marketing campaign/s for their own business and not one/s for their clients.


Success in International Markets

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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, new product development and innovative approaches to international sales. 


Success through Innovation

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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 and that has achieved success through diversification into new products or markets. 


Success through Partnerships

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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 - Sponsored by Doncaster College & University Centre

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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 up to 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 already proven some demonstrable benefits to your business. 


Business Start Up of the Year –Sponsored by Business Doncaster

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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 2018. 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 Organisation of the Year

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This award will go to a third sector 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

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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, future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, a commitment to customer service and examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. 


Large Business of the Year

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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, future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, a commitment to customer service and examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. 


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.

*All entries for this awards must be via an email written submission and sent to Rebecca Nightingale rnightingale@doncaster-chamber.co.uk by 12pm Monday 6th August 2018.

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