Each entrant may enter up to three separate categories (all on the same form) - plus the People's Choice Award.
The winners of each category are all considered for the Supreme Award.
A young or start-up business which has been trading for under two years.
A business which has moved beyond the start-up phase and is two or more years old
A business which has succeeded in spite of challenges beyond the usual.
This is a business which demonstrates a new or clever way of going about things
A business which punches above its weight in terms of getting the word out, achieving profile and attracting business.
Are you a socially-conscious business? Do you authentically integrate ‘social good’ into your total business model? Are you a business owner dedicated to maintaining a strong community connection? Most importantly, are you focused on driving profits and productivity for your business while simultaneously advancing the social and/or environmental conditions in the community in which you operate?
The Most Outstanding Social Impact award recognises businesses that are making a real difference. The judges want to see outstanding examples of profitable small businesses successfully delivering social, environmental and/or sustainability benefits. They’re looking for evidence of the positive outcomes you’re creating in the community – whether through groups or individuals – and how that passion and desire to help is woven throughout your entire brand story.
This Award celebrates a solo business owner who runs their business single-handedly.
It recognises all-round business excellence, from concept through to execution.
Entrants in this category must be sole owners of their business, and cannot employ anyone else in a dedicated, ongoing capacity for over 10 hours a week (e.g. virtual assistant, sales rep) but can employ others to undertake specific tasks for the business from time to time (e.g. an accountant, web designer, copywriter or product demonstrators).
Distributor-type relationships are excluded provided they work from independent premises.
This category is based on votes.
All entries in this category submit a publicly-available profile. Businesses entering this Award will be provided with banners and links, and encouraged to persuade customers, staff, colleagues, family, friends and others to vote for them.
This category is intended to be a bit of fun, and to provide a way for businesses to draw attention to themselves, their brand and their product, and to leverage their networks.
The sooner you get your entry in, the sooner you can have the public voting for your business.
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