This year's categories will reward work carried during 2019
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Start up Business of the Year: Trading no longer than two years
To recognise those businesses which have gone from 0 to 100mph in two years.
The successes should speak for themselves and the judges will be looking for evidence of rapid expansion, niche-filling, excellent turnover or job creation – or all of the above. Those trading for more than two years can not enter this category.
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award
To recognise any apprentice/trainee development who has gone that extra mile and exceeded the expectations of their trainer or mentor.
The judges will be looking for inspirational stories of learners, exceptional achievement and, in particular, they will be looking for entrants to demonstrate commitment to their personal development and progression through learning, ability to overcome obstacles and barriers in learning or at work, inspirational qualities and attainment of high standards.
Large Business of the Year: 25+ Employees
To recognise a business for outstanding achievements in growth, turnover and profitability, clear vision and plans for the future, consideration of international markets, innovation and creativity and overcoming challenges.
The judges will require proof of financial performance, innovation and the firm's recent past to determine the quality of the entrants
Training Programme of the Year
Training and employee development are the keys to business success. The winner of this category will have demonstrated a real commitment to developing and motivating their workforce. This category is open to businesses which have an exemplary training programme for their employees, or training providers – whichever you are.
The judges will be looking for evidence that your training programmes work!
Sustainable Business Award
An award for a business or organisation, irrespective of its size or sector, who can demonstrate environmental awareness and responsibility in all aspects of its work and output.
Judges will be looking for a company that embraces sustainability and green principles throughout the business. The use of suppliers who have the same principles. Proof and evidence will need to be provided to demonstrate the advantages and gains while adopting green policies.
This category is not open to businesses or organisations who undertake green activities as a core business.
Company CSR Initiative of the Year
To recognise a dynamic contribution to the local community or a commitment to the environment by a company based in or having a significant presence in The News circulation area. This category is not open to businesses or organisations who undertake community activities as a core business.
Entrants will be able to show a clear mission - either in a one-off venture or in an ongoing commitment - to helping and/or improving their local community or the environment. The initiative can be anything that would help improve people's lives and enhance the relationship between the company and the community in which it is based. The contribution might be monetary, or involve the provision of resources and expertise.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This is an award to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an unrivalled record of achievement in the area for many years, showing outstanding performance within their industry, a commitment towards their staff and who demands – and delivers – exceptional customer service.
The award winner is chosen by the judges, though any suggestions will also be considered.
Leisure, Retail & Tourism Business of the Year
To recognise any business that puts the Portsmouth area on the map as a great place to live and visit To recognise any retailer, large or small, which is making big noises in the retail world.
The judges will be looking for evidence of a business's contribution in attracting new visitors to the area or its excellence within the hospitality and leisure industries.Please provide the last three years figures and indicate if actual or projected. The judges will be looking for evidence of what sets a retailer apart from its competition, either in terms of its achievements, its best practice, or its success.
Small Business: 0 - 9 Employees
To recognise outstanding performance by a company with a workforce of 9 or less and has been operating for two years or more. Who have sustained success throughout their time of trading. Demonstrating a growth in profits, overcoming challenges with clear plans for the future.
For this category, the judges will be looking for a business that are capable of producing a quality product/service whilst remaining committed to great client/customer service, as well as demonstrating innovation and marketing acumen. Judges will require proof of financial performance.
International Business of the Year
To recognise any retailer, large or small, which is making big noises in the retail world.
Judges will seek evidence that the business has achieved significant sustainable growth by opening and/or exploiting new markets outside of the UK. Nominees must show the impact exporting has on growth and profitability, the markets they are operating in and a clear strategy for the countries they have chosen. Please also outline plans for further export development and what you see as the challenges to achieving those plans.
Employer of the Year
An award for a business that has great staff relations, good staff retention with excellent training and who cares for their employees. The best companies to work for! Criteria: The judges will look for evidence and testimonials that confirm all of the above.
The judges will look for evidence and testimonials that confirm all of the above.
Entrepreneur of the Year
To recognise an imaginative and creative manager or employee whose individual contribution to the success of a business has been outstanding or who has demonstrated inspired leadership.
The judges will look for evidence of improvement to the company directly attributable to the entrant plus testimonials from within and/or without the organisation.
Show how your business has adapted to change and or utilized an innovate idea in order to be a successful business
Medium Business of the Year: 10-24 Employees
To recognise outstanding performance by a company having a workforce of 24 or fewer and which is based in or has a significant presence in The News circulation area. A clear vision and plans for the future, consideration of international markets, innovation and creativity and overcoming challenges.
Winning characteristics could be: a successful turnaround of a struggling or slow-moving company; successful exploitation of innovation; excellence in setting up a major new operation and bringing it into production at a high level of efficiency; pioneering new markets; remarkable growth in size or profits. In a sentence, the judges are looking for something special for all to admire and from which all can learn. Judges will require proof of financial performance.