Best Contribution to Sheffield Visitor Experience, sponsored by Meadowhall

Encompassing the retail, hospitality, leisure & tourism sectors. This award recognises an individual, organisation, charity, scheme, project or event that has achieved excellence in their individual sector area, as well as looking for activities that link events in the city to tourism & hospitality. This in turn should drive footfall to the city, generating jobs and economic growth.

Who should apply

Businesses within either the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors.


The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of how the activity has had a financial impact on the city, whether this has been a specific activity or ongoing part of the business plan
  • Evidence of job creation – either paid or voluntary
  • The impact that your business has had on your clients – i.e. contributing to a healthier lifestyle, providing choice, value for money or excellent customer service
  • How you compete against similar establishments or other specific events

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Excellence in International Trade Award, sponsored by Pressure Technologies plc.

This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters and importers. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and / or sustained increases in their international activity.

Who should apply?

A business in any sector that exports, imports or does business overseas. 


The judges will be looking at:

  • The level of exports when compared to the size and sector of the organistion
  • The barriers that have been overcome i.e. languages
  • The degree to which products / services are new and markets non-traditional
  • Innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets

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Excellence in Professional Services Award, sponsored by Together

Entrants will need to be able to demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance.  You should outline how you have shown excellence in your specific sector and how your business has planned for future growth.  

Who should apply?

Businesses within the professional services sector. 


The judges will be looking at:

  • The level of growth over the last three years and plans for the future
  • Details of how you have shown excellence in your sector (up to three additional testimonials can be submitted, in addition to your word count)
  • Evidence of any new or innovative services introduced over the last year.

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High Growth Business of the Year Award, sponsored by SIV

This award recognises a buiness that has experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for an organisation that can demonstrate the highest levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

Who should apply?

Open to all sizes of business within any sector.


The judges will be looking at:

  • Significant growth and/or expansion
  • Innovative products, services, applications and/or operations
  • Financial performance
  • Plans for future growth and/or expansion

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The City Taxis Outstanding Business of the Year

This exceptional award recognises a business able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and vision, successful performance against business planning, forward plans for substantial growth and be an inspiration to other businesses.

Who should apply?

Please be aware this category is not open for applications. All shortlisted companies will be automatically entered into this award.


The judges will be looking at:

  • An award winner that stands out from the crowd in innovation, diversity, growth, customer service, investment in people and strategic thinking.

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The Evoluted Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility Award

This award recognises a business that shows innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility and responsible business practice. Entrants must demonstrate how they have tackled key social and environmental issues in their local community.

Who should apply?

A business within any sector.


The judges will be looking at:

  • How your policies have been developed
  • The issues they have helped to address
  • The impact that they have had on the local environment/community

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The Grey Matter Marketing and Communications Award

This award recognises a business that has demonstrated innovative marketing and communication campaigns which have significantly contributed to their business success and growth, including financial performance.

Who should apply?

A business within any sector.


The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of how brand awareness has increased
  • Mechanisms in place to convert activities into commercial sales
  • How communications have contributed to business success and growth, including financial performance
  • The range of technology used in conducting day to day business
  • The use of information and communication technologies to improve customer service and engagement

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The Lupton Fawcett Innovation Award

This award is designed to recognise a product or service establishing importance in the marketplace, capturing the interest of the city and really putting Sheffield ‘on the map’. The product or service will not only address a need but also seize an opportunity and create a new market or industry.

Who should apply?

A business within any sector. 


The judges will be looking at:

  • How the business opportunity was identified, progressed and developed showing a clear commercial understanding of product, market and competitors.
  • Evidence of how the importance of the product or service has been established and has been brought (or will be brought) to the forefront of current interest in the Sheffield City Region.

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The Sheffield Business School SME of the Year

Open to organisations employing up to 100 full time members of staff and not exceeding a £50 million annual turnover. This award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operates in. 

Who should apply?

A business in any sector that employs no more than 100 full time equivalent staff.


The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors
  • Strong managerial and financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Potential for growth
  • Evidence of the businesses commitment to staff

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The Sheffield College Employer of the Year

This award recognises an organisation that excel in offering the most comprehensive work environment either through the implementation of a learning and development culture, staff incentive schemes, recognition/remuneration & retention packages or health and wellbeing initiatives.  Entrants for this award must communicate how this culture has contributed to the business achieving outstanding success, therefore making the organisation an employer of choice.

Who should apply?

A business within any sector. 


The judges will be looking at:

  • Why learning and development is important to the organisation
  • How training needs and skills requirements are assessed
  • Investment, commitment and support given to staff
  • Staff incentive schemes

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The Sheffield Universities Enterprise Award

Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield work to support current students and graduates to launch their own start-up companies. Both Universities will select their top entries (a maximum of 3 each) to put forward to this award category for consideration by the judges.

Who should apply?

Please be aware this category is not open for applications. Applications are strictly put forward by both The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. 


The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of a proven customer problem or need and the market fit of the business solution.
  • Evidence or clarity of vision for sustainable, profitable development of the business.
  • The vision for developing and growing the business in terms of both turnover and employment. 

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The Shorts Chartered Accountants Business Person of the Year

This award recognises the significant contribution that a person can make to the success of a business. Entrants for this award can complete the entry as an individual or a company can complete the entry on behalf of an employee or a colleague. 

Who should apply?

A company on behalf of a business individual or a business individual themself.


The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence that the individual uses their own initiative to deliver results
  • Examples of dedicated leadership and achievement within the organisation
  • Entrepreneurial skills or the ability to work collaboratively within the business
  • Evidence that they have the ability to become a significant contributor to the organisation and/or the wider business community.

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The Simm Engineering Group Large Business of the Year

Open to organisations employing over 100 full time members of staff, this award will go to the company that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance.

Who should apply?

A business in any sector that employs more than 100 full time equivalent staff.


The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors.
  • Strong managerial and financial performance.
  • Potential for growth.
  • How the business ensures high service standards and delivers exceptional customer care to drive new and repeat business.
  • Evidence of the wider contribution that they have made to Sheffield’s economy and communities through wealth, job creation and also through corporate, social and environmental responsibilities.

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The Vine Hotels Special Recognition Award

This award is open to any business, individual, charity, scheme or project that has significantly contributed to the Sheffield economy. 

Who should apply?

A company on behalf of a business, individual, charity, scheme or project or a business individual themself. 


The judges will be looking at those who have:

  • Made a significant impact in the region in terms of local economy/community/business.
  • Displayed commitment to activities or demonstrated outstanding skill or effort above and beyond his or her prescribed duties and workload
  • Recognises one whose life, work, career and contributions exemplify the highest standards of service
  • Honours a company, charity, scheme, person or persons who, over the course of a decade or more, has exemplified outstanding, significant professional achievement

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The Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award

This award will be presented to the company that demonstrates a modern, efficient and innovative approach to manufacturing. Exhibiting best practice to build a sustainable operation either by the development of new manufacturing techniques, new products or capital investments.

Who should apply?

Businesses within the manufacturing sector. 


The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of how your business demonstrates high standards and sustainability
  • An understanding of the key factors that drive product innovation in the business
  • Evidence of how your organisation has generated new or improved products, services and processes that successfully meet the changing needs of the customer and business.
  • Demonstrate investment in R&D that has generated good ROI.

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