Date: Thursday 13th July 2017 | Venue: Macron Stadium, Bolton | Time: 6.00pm-12.00am
Award categories

The E3 Business Awards are FREE to enter and open to any entrepreneur, privately owned business or social enterprise located in the North West.
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 a copy of the Nominations Flyer to learn more.


  • » New Business Start-Up of the Year
    New Business Start-Up of the Year


    Calling all North West entrepreneurs. Have you had a good idea and developed it into a viable business proposition, and are you now reaping the benefits?

    We want to hear from small businesses with big ambitions - after all, every multinational corporation had to start somewhere, and small businesses make up a significant percentage of the UK business population. Your importance to the economy cannot be overstated. 


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Company has been trading for less than 18 months
        (as at 19th April 2017).

     Application of innovative thinking in business planning and management.
     Evidence of recognising and acting upon a new market opportunity.
     Strong potential for future growth and sustainability. 

    Download a copy of the nomination form for New Business Start-up of the year. 

    Sponsored by

    Federation of Small Buusinesses
  • » Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    Corporate Social Responsibility Award

    This award recognises an organisation that has achieved outstanding results through key initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to excellence in corporate social responsibility.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     A strong internal commitment to social responsibility.
     Evidence of having made a positive impact on the environment, a local community or society at large.
     Examples of effective engagement.
     Benefits provided as a result of delivering CSR.

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

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  • » Charity of the Year
    Charity of the Year

    This award is open to any registered charity based in the North
     West.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Evidence that the charity's work meets a real and pressing need. 
     Clear evidence and examples of making a positive and worthwhile impact on society, individuals and/or the environment. 
     Evidence that the charity is doing something that other organisations are not, or that its approach is especially effective. 
     Evidence that the charity has a clear and reasoned strategy for sustaining its work in the long term. 

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Charity of the year. 

    Sponsored by

    One Agency Media
  • » Social Enterprise of the Year
    Social Enterprise of the Year

    This award is open to any charitable organisation or a community/social enterprise with a social purpose and/or a not-for-profit basis.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     An innovative and effective approach to the way in which the enterprise operates
        and/or meets its own primary objectives.
     Examples of positive impact made on society and/or the environment.
     Evidence of making a positive impact on the lives of individuals, particularly by helping vulnerable and/or disadvantaged individuals to help themselves.
     Projects that have the potential for future development, growth and sustainability.

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Social Enterprise of the Year

    Sponsored by

    Simply Doughnuts
  • » Skills, Education and Training Award
    Skills, Education and Training Award

    This award will be given to the company that most effectively demonstrates excellence in its approach to workforce development.

    Entrants will be asked to demonstrate why workforce development and training is important to the organisation, how training needs and skills requirements are assessed and the direct benefits enjoyed by both individuals and the organisation.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Demonstrable success through the endeavours of employees.
     Encouragement of participation at all levels.
     Evidence of how the business has communicated with its whole team,
        provided resources and acted upon suggestions.

     Evidence of Investment in Training.

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Skills, Education & Training Award
    Sponsored by
    Fast Forward Growth
  • » Employer of the Year Award
    Employer of the Year Award

    The winner of this award will be much more than a good employer. Development and improvement of its people will be key to how the company is run and how it communicates and develops partnerships with its customers and suppliers. The winning company will have key human resource polices in place including skills and knowledge learning, equal opportunities, engagement and staff satisfaction. It will have introduced innovative policies to aid staff attraction and retention. It will be able to demonstrate continued success in its employment policies and benchmark progress against industry best practice.

    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:
     Evidence of a company-wide employee service commitment.
     Evidence of a clearly communicated Human Resource policy.
     Examples of in-company awards, staff recognition or recommendations.
     A proven impact on commercial performance from investment in people and a collaborative culture.

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Employer of the Year. f th ear
    Sponsored by
    Leisure Guard Security
  • » Online Business of the Year
    Online Business of the Year

    This award is looking for any company that has extensively used the internet to increase its sales and profits. We are looking for organisations that have effectively used technology to create a significant and exploitable advantage in their chosen field. This may include online presence, mobile, social media and virtualisation. 


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Percentage of sales achieved via the company's website must be submitted. This figure must be 75% or more. 
     Evidence of significant growth in the company's market sector.
     Number of unique users per month must be submitted.
     Evidence of achievement and performance that makes the business stand out from its competitors. 

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Online Business of the Year  



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  • » Digital, Creative and Media Award
    Digital, Creative and Media Award

    This award is open to any business or entrepreneur operating in the digital, creative or media industries. This covers a broad span of different business types and disciplines, ranging from agency projects to in-house campaigns. Essentially, we are looking for modern, forward-looking professionals who are delivering notable commercial success. 



    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Evidence of expertise in digital, creative or media technologies.
     Demonstrate any notable ways in which technical excellence and/or innovations has delivered commercial success.
     Evidence of achieving positive sales, improved market share and/or higher profits.

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Digital, Creative and Media Award. 



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  • » Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    This award identifies and celebrates entrepreneurs, aged 30 or under (as at 19th April 2017), who are really going places. The judges are looking for candidates who have already started to build a business (or businesses), and who can show they have the ambition, energy, skills and vision to really scale the heights.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     The track record of the candidate in starting and running a successful business or businesses.
     A well thought-out concept behind the current business together with the robustness of the business model.
     The performance of the current business including sales and profit growth.

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Sponsored by

    Affilius Group
  • » Outstanding Woman in Business
    Outstanding Woman in Business

    This award will go to the woman who can demonstrate the most striking track record of managing or leading one or more successful businesses.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     Evidence of being an inspirational, passionate and dedicated business leader.
     Qualities that make the individual an excellent role model for aspiring managers and entrepreneurs.
     Evidence of overcoming challenges.
     Evidence of achieving outstanding success. 

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Outstanding Woman in Business.




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  • » Green Business Award
    Green Business Award

    This award is designed to recognise and encourage North
     West businesses that are working towards preserving our environment.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     Demonstrate a company-wide commitment to minimising impact on the environment. 
     Evidence of clear and articulate, widely communicated environmental strategy that is embedded.
     Examples of policies having improved business performance and innovative approaches to environmental protection, waste minimisation and/or resource efficiency. 

    Download a copy of the nomination form for the Green Business Award.




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  • » Family Business of the Year
    Family Business of the Year

    This award has been created to celebrate the North West family business sector, to recognise the diversity of family firms across the country and to celebrate the contribution that they make to the North
     West. 


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     Evidence of how many family members currently work in the business. 
     Evidence of investment in training and personal development of family members / employees in order to maintain or improve the success of the business. 
     Evidence of significant growth and innovation in the company's market sector. 
     Evidence of achievement and performance that makes the business stand out from its competitors. 

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Family Business of the Year.



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  • » Professional Firm of the Year
    Professional Firm of the Year

    This award is for businesses operating in the financial or legal service sectors.

    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     Evidence of significant growth and innovation in the company's market sector.
     Evidence of achievement and performance that makes the business stand out from its competitors.
     Examples of in-company awards or recommendations. 

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Professional Firm of the Year.







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  • » Customer Service Award
    Customer Service Award

    This award is designed to reward exceptional standards of customer care and to promote these success stories as examples to the industry. 

    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     Demonstrate a company-wide customer service commitment.
     Evidence of a clearly communicated customer service policy.
     Examples of in-company awards or recommendations. 
     Good customer care, which has generated repeat business. 

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Customer Service Award 





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  • » Manufacturing Business of the Year
    Manufacturing Business of the Year

    This award is specifically designed to recognise excellence and best practice in the region’s manufacturing sector – not only in terms of internal operations but also in terms of processes that involve customers and suppliers.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Sales performance and growth prospects.
     Product development, manufacturing innovation and the efficient use of technology.
     Quality standards and monitoring.
     Investment in people and equipment.
     Environmental awareness.

    Download a copy of the nomination form for Manufacturing Business of the Year.
    Sponsored by

    Powder Systems Limited
  • » High Growth Business of the Year

    High Growth Business of the Year

    This award recognises demonstrable growth in revenue and profitability through strong organic development. The winning company will have seen its sales-led strategy produce real results in the marketplace and, most importantly, it will have a robust development strategy in place to build on current successes in the years ahead.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Significant growth and innovation in the company's market sector.
     Application of sound, innovative thinking in its planning and operational management.
     An excellent understanding of the market and of customer needs, coupled with the ability to recognise and act upon new opportunities. 
     Evidence of achievement and performance that makes the business stand out from its competitors.

    Download a copy of the 
    nomination form for High Growth Business of the year. 
    Sponsored by
    Fast Forward Growth
  • » International Business of the Year
    International Business of the Year

    Are your horizons wider than the UK market? 


    This award is designed to celebrate a company that has launched or expanded its non-UK operations in the past year. Your entry should demonstrate a detailed understanding of the target market(s).


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria: 

     Evidence of versatility, imagination and persistence in exploiting target market/s overseas.
     Tactical ability in overcoming obstacles such as bureaucracy and exchange rates.
     Evidence of positive sales and market share performance. 

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for International Business of the Year.



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  • » Business of the Year
    Business of the Year

    We're looking for an outstanding business whose growth, ambition and quality of management has enabled it to out-perform its peers financially, and for a company that has delivered on a compelling business strategy.


    Judging Criteria

    The judges will be looking for evidence based on the following criteria:

     Evidence of out-performing peers in sales and profits growth.
     Evidence of creating new, quality jobs.
     Evidence of developing and training employees.
     Implementation of an innovative and compelling business strategy.
     Evidence of launching or successfully extending the product offering.

    Download a copy of the
    nomination form for Business of the Year.
    Sponsored by
    Affilius Group
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