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 Gather Technology

Aimed at businesses with a turnover up to £0.5 million

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

Business of the Year Award
(Medium)

Sponsored by Higos Insurance Services

Aimed at businesses with a turnover of up to £6 million

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

Business of the Year Award
(Large)

Sponsored by Stephens Scown

Aimed at businesses with a turnover of £6 million or over

All the winners of a “Business of the Year Award” will have demonstrated how they can 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, with one or more family members being involved in the management . . .

Best Use of Digital Technology Award (NEW)

Sponsored by Teapot Creative

This new award recognises firms in the digital and technology sector and beyond who are using robotics, apps or even artificial intelligence to stand out in the marketplace . . .

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 Blossom HR

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 Westcotts

Our judges will be looking for innovative ideas or a new concept for businesses that have been registered from April 1, 2022 . . .

Apprentice of the Year 

Sponsored by Weston College

The Apprentice of the Year Award will honour an individual who has made a positive impact in a business during the last 24 months, while training through an apprenticeship training programme.

The award is open to apprentices of any age . . .

Environmental and Sustainability Award

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 Porter Dodson

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 . . .

Manufacturing and Engineering Award (NEW)

Sponsored by Leonardo UK

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 and development practices, a passion for continuous improvement and a solid track record of business planning and growth . . .

Business Resilience and Growth Award (NEW)

Sponsored by Barclays

The Business Resilience and Growth Award recognises those businesses who, despite the soaring costs of doing business, have reinvented their offering to go from strength-to-strength. Many businesses have shown great adaptability to meet the challenges of today’s challenging economic climate to both thrive and grow.

Key Dates for your diary:

September 12, 2023 – awards open for entry

October 11, 2023 – online benefits of entering event 

November 24, 2023 – entries close

November 27, 2023 – applications sent to sponsors for shortlisting

December 14, 2023 – February 7, 2023 – judges’ visits

February 2024 – tickets go on sale for finalists

February 2024 – tickets go on sale for general public

22 March, 2024 – awards ceremony

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