This award recognises the most innovative and agile manufacturers and producers in the county. Entries are welcome from all sectors whether volume or niche.
Judges will be looking for:
- A commitment to proven research and development practices,
- A passion for continuous improvement
- A solid track record of business planning and growth
For any queries regarding your entry, please get in touch with the Chamber Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I enter?
All you need to do is complete the online entry form, making sure that you understand the criteria for the category/ies that you wish to enter.
- Choose your category
- Enter a statement of up to 800 words explaining why your business merits an award
- Highlight up to six key points selling your company to the judges
- Attach up to five pieces of evidence to support your application – attachments can be up to a maximum of 2MB each.
- Attach the company logo
Does my business qualify?
All businesses entering the awards must be based within the district council administrative boundaries of Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Mendip and Somerset West and Taunton. Business can also enter if they are based within the following North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset postcodes:
BS21, 22, 23, 24, 40, 48 and 49
The business should have its head office within the defined eligible area set out above. If this is not the case, the entry MUST demonstrate that the enterprise has local autonomy over business planning, marketing, HR and budget within the eligible areas listed above.
If you are unsure if you qualify, please get in touch.
Neil Discombe, Managing Director at Garador.
Neil has worked for a variety of manufacturers in the UK, Europe and Asia, with over 16 years of international experience, leading manufacturing operations across 3 continents. Neil is trained to lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is well-versed in manufacturing engineering, with extensive experience of managing acquisitions.
Garador’s Managing Director since 2018, where he is overseeing the modernisation & transformation of their manufacturing facilities and continued development of their commercial business. Neil is passionate about manufacturing and is actively involved in M-Hub, a Yeovil Chamber initiative to support manufacturing locally. Neil is delighted to be judging the manufacturing category at the Somerset Business Awards and looks forward to seeing some of the best manufacturing talent Somerset has to offer.
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