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Categories

With 10 categories to enter for 2018, there is a category to suit every type of business in Lanarkshire.

The entry process is simple:

Step 1: Decide on the category/categories you wish to enter (enter one category at a time)
Step 2: Click on “Register for an application” and complete the short questionnaire
Step 3 : An application will then be emailed to you.
Step 4 : Complete your application and email back to awards@lbea.info

Closing date for all applications is Friday 17th November at 5pm.

John Brinkins Best Visitor Experience

This category is open to any organisation, irrespective of size, involved in the tourism, leisure and accommodation sectors in Lanarkshire.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate commitment to growth or success in achieving their planned objectives. Businesses should also have a clearly defined approach ensuring their product provides an excellent visitor experience.

Additionally, organisations will receive recognition for demonstrating how they contribute to the vision set out in the Lanarkshire Area Tourism Strategy:  “By 2020 Lanarkshire will be a destination offering distinct authentic experiences, excellent quality, value for money, and accessible for all.”

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Excellence in Customer Service

This award is open to organisations in all sectors across Lanarkshire that excel in customer service, including hospitality and food service.

This award recognises organisations that can demonstrate outstanding commitment to customer service. The winning organisation must be able to demonstrate the highest level of customer service across its practices from strategy to customer care through to staff development, and in so doing be able to demonstrate outstanding levels of customer service.

The judges will pay particular attention to applicants that have customer service at the core of their business and have the ability to meet and exceed customer expectations.

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Lanarkshire’s Best Food and Drink Provider

This award category recognises and celebrates the diverse range of food and drink products that are produced or manufactured in Lanarkshire. It focuses on both the success of individual businesses and their contribution to the local food and drink sector.                           

The judges are looking for businesses that consistently provide high quality produce or products to their customers.

The individual business will be assessed for innovation, quality, ongoing business potential and its overall contribution to enhancing the food and drink profile of Lanarkshire.

Please note that this award is for food and/or drinks producers and manufacturers only. Applications are not being sought from restaurants. Restaurants are instead encouraged to consider applying for other categories eg Best New Product or Service Award or Customer Service Award or one of the general business categories.

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Lanarkshire’s Family Business

This award is open to all family businesses in the Lanarkshire Area. The most successful family firms find a good balance between the needs of the business, the owners, its employees and the dynamics of the family.

For this category judges will look for evidence of professional management and responsible ownership. Diplomacy and communication skills need to be demonstrated, while ensuring that growth, development and strategic ambitions continue to be met.

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Lanarkshire’s Best New Business

This award is for businesses less than three years old in Lanarkshire that demonstrate a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future, with the potential for further growth and expansion in turnover, profit and employment levels.

Successful businesses will clearly articulate the business idea and their start up process, giving evidence of a well-researched business plan, actual results to date, and forecasts for future business performance.

For this category judges will look for an entrepreneurial and ambitious management style with new offerings to the marketplace of particular interest. Applicants should present a well-defined vision for the future showing how the business is building towards an enterprise of considerable potential, ideally through evidence of sales, profits and employment achieved to date.

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Lanarkshire’s Best Business (0-25 employees)

This award is for businesses that are based in Lanarkshire and operate with up to 25 employees, including sole traders.

Entrants should be able to present a strong performance record, demonstrate a credible plan for continued success and explain how their business differentiates itself from its competition.

Entrants will demonstrate strong proactive relationships with customers and suppliers and an ambition to optimise business performance, whether as a sole trader or small team.  

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Lanarkshire’s Best Business (26 employees or more)

This award is for businesses with their base in Lanarkshire that have grown successfully and now operate with more than 26 employees.

Entrants should be able to present a strong performance record, demonstrate a credible plan for continued success and explain how their business differentiates itself from its competition.

Strong leadership and clearly defined strategic objectives will have shaped the company’s growth and development.  The organisation’s culture will demonstrate an approach to business based on encouraging employee development, creativity and empowerment. Employees will demonstrate strong proactive relationships with customers and suppliers and a shared ambition to optimise business performance.

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Best New Product or Service

This award is open to businesses across all sectors in Lanarkshire.  It recognises organisations that have turned innovative ideas into new or improved products, processes, or services in the last three years.

Judges are looking for evidence of each stage of the process from idea generation, development, design, creation and launch. The judges will pay attention to:

  • The business strategy and culture for encouraging and developing new and/or improved products, processes and services;
  • The new and/or improved products, processes, or services developed and/or launched in the last three years;
  • An explanation of the market opportunity and commercial results.

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Lanarkshire Community Impact

This award is open to all organisations in Lanarkshire, including Social Enterprises from all sectors. It recognises organisations that seek to enhance the social or environmental opportunities for the people who live in the local communities in which the organisation operates.

Community Impact may be achieved through the organisation’s mission or purpose, or through wider initiatives outwith the core business that promote community development, staff volunteering, on-site childcare provision, community access to its facilities or green campaigns to improve the environment. Consideration will be given to how the initiatives are co-ordinated, delivered, recorded, promoted, and the resulting impact they have on the community.

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Developing Lanarkshire’s Young Workforce

This category is open to any organisation in Lanarkshire irrespective of size or industry sector that has successfully implemented initiatives  that have created opportunities for young people to either better understand or join their organisation.

Success may be achieved through  partnerships with schools or colleges with examples of activity including recruitment to apprenticeships, work experience placements for young people, career input support to schools, workplace visits or similar initiatives that have led to young people increasing their understanding of the workplace and/or progressing to employment.

Judges will be looking for evidence of a long term commitment to providing training, mentoring and employing young people as an important part of their workforce.  This category will showcase the dedication and commitment of the business to securing a highly skilled young workforce.  Companies should also demonstrate a proven commitment to continued personal development of their young workforce and explain how this has contributed to the business and provided added value.

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