How to Enter

We welcome entries from businesses of all sizes and sectors providing they have a valid Somerset postcode (see our terms and conditions below for full details).

Winning companies should be innovative, progressive and demonstrate excellence against the specific category entered.

Applications for a Somerset Business Award need to be made online via the online entry form for each category.

EACH ENTRY MUST INCLUDE:

  • An 800-word statement
  • Six key points to summarise
  • Up to five supporting attachments (no larger than 2MB each)
  • A high-resolution company logo

IN ADDITION TO THE CRITERIA, YOUR 800-WORD APPLICATION NEEDS TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING (WHERE APPLICABLE):

  • A background on your business and a brief history
  • Why your company should win
  • How you are better than your competitors
  • How your business has improved based on the category requirements
  • An indication of how the business has benefited financially as a result of improvements in this category
  • Financial records where relevant (turnover, profit/loss figures will be treated in confidence)

Please check our Entry Terms & Conditions to ensure that your business is eligible to enter.

Business of the Year Award
(Small)

Sponsored by enterprise south west

This award recognises businesses with 1-5 employees.

All winners of a “Business of the Year Award” will have demonstrated how they stand out from the crowd in their category through areas such as ambition, profitability, growth…

Business of the Year Award
(Medium)

Sponsored by Brook Financial

This award recognises businesses with 6-25 employees.

All winners of a “Business of the Year Award” will have demonstrated how they stand out from the crowd in their category through areas such as ambition, profitability, growth…

Business of the Year Award
(Large)

Sponsored by PKF Francis Clark

This award recognises businesses with 26+ employees.

All winners of a “Business of the Year Award” will have demonstrated how they stand out from the crowd in their category through areas such as ambition, profitability, growth…

Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by Albert Goodman

This award recognises sound, family-owned businesses across all sizes and sectors.

The winning company will demonstrate how the family has had significant influence on the business, such that one or more family members are involved in the management…

Best Use of Technology Award

Sponsored by Porter Dodson

This award is aimed at businesses who use new technology to assist with business growth/development, whether it be providing new services or new innovative types of working…

Charity of the Year Award

Sponsored by Clarke Willmott

This award celebrates the fantastic work of charitable organisations.

The winning Somerset-based charity will need to demonstrate not just how much money it raises or spends, but also how it uses fundraising…

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Elite Staffing Solutions

This award recognises organisations that have created a stimulating and supportive work environment and a real commitment to the welfare of its employees…

Investing in Somerset Award

Sponsored by Hinkley Point C

Does your business live for all things local?

This award recognises companies who are passionate about supporting Somerset’s economy through local activity…

Start-Up of the Year Award

Sponsored by Teapot Creative

Returning for a third year, our judges will be looking for innovative ideas or a new concept for businesses that have been registered from April 1, 2020…

Employee of the year Award

Sponsored by Weston College

Our employees are the life blood of any business, and the Employee of the Year category is a superb opportunity to recognise those members of staff who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference over the last year…

Environmental Achievement

Sponsored by Gravity

Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities, from reducing waste and energy use, to encouraging staff to adopt green travel plans and supporting eco-friendly initiatives, both within their companies and in the wider community…

Service Excellence Award

Sponsored by Cetsat

Are you a business with more than just “good” customer service? This category recognises companies that provide a level of service over and above normal industry expectations…

Somerset Manufacturer & Producer Award

Sponsored by Garador

This award recognises the most innovative and agile manufacturers and producers in the county.

The judges will be looking for a commitment to proven research & development practices, a passion for continuous improvement and a solid track record of business planning and growth…

Rebuild and thrive award (NEW)

Sponsored by Barclays

A new category for the 2022 SBA’s, we’re looking for inspirational businesses who are be able to demonstrate their response to adversity, whether it be Covid, Brexit or other issues that have affected the business. You will have created a plan demonstrating a clear idea of how to rebuild or change the business, to recover and thrive and will be able to demonstrate how you and thriving and moving towards a brighter future…

 

Key Dates for your diary:

16 September – Entries open

14 October – ‘Benefits of Entering’ event

3 December – Entries close

17 December – 28 January, 2022 – Judges’ visits

1 February, 2022– Ticket sale for finalists

15 February, 2022 – Ticket sale to general public

11 March, 2022 – Awards ceremony

 

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