The Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and successes of the groups, individuals and businesses within the Suffolk Coastal community. The 2018 award categories are:
Team of the Year
This award is open to any group, including businesses, schools and clubs, and will go to the team that displays excellent results in their field, underpinned by outstanding team work and a fantastic rapport between team members.
New Business of the Year
This award celebrates Suffolk Coastal’s highest performing new companies. It is open to any Suffolk Coastal organisation that began trading in or after 2016. It will go to the company that can best demonstrate early yet sustainable success through its results, innovation, ethos, customer and staff engagement, effective leadership and management and vision for the future.
Business Growth Award
This award is open to any business that can demonstrate an outstanding increase in sales, profit, market share, or geographical expansion within Suffolk Coastal or from a Suffolk Coastal HQ since June 2016. This award will go to the business demonstrating impressive growth and outstanding performance over the last 18 months.
Services to the Community Award – Group
This award is open to any group including businesses, schools and clubs, which has shown an understanding of community needs and worked to have a positive impact on the residents and/or businesses within their community. The winner will demonstrate dedication to an activity or activities that benefit the wider community or a group therein.
Services to the Community Award – Individual
This award is open to any individual that has shown an understanding of community needs and worked to have a positive impact on the residents and/or businesses within their community. The winner will demonstrate dedication to an activity or activities that benefit the wider community or a group therein.
Great Idea Award
This award is open to any group or individual, including businesses, schools and clubs, which have created and put into action an idea, that has improved an element of local life. This could be a business practice, an unusual event or an invention. Judges are looking for ideas that have had a big impact and/or are extremely creative in their design and/or application.
Big Bang Award
This award is open to any group or individual, including businesses, schools and clubs, that is driving the advancement or application of science, technology, engineering and/or manufacturing.
Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award
This award seeks to celebrate all food and drink retailers from within Suffolk Coastal who have a passion for selling high-quality and fresh local produce. This could include butchers, bakers, delicatessens, farmers and local markets and more who stock a wide variety of excellent products, have knowledgeable and helpful staff and the drive to market quality food products.
Customer Focus Award
This award is open to any group or individual, including businesses, schools and clubs that value their customers and provide excellent customer service at all times. The winner will show evidence of a customer focused culture with a consistent commitment to customer service excellence, preferably with customer testimonials and/or reviews.
People Development Award
This award is open to any group or individual, including businesses, schools and clubs. The winner will demonstrate a culture that promotes learning, focusing on talent and performance as well as encouraging open communication about development needs. We’ve left this award wide open as we recognise that people development takes place in numerous environments and walks of life, from internships and apprenticeships to leisure learning and CPD.
Health & Wellbeing Award
This award is open to any businesses, schools and clubs and will recognise organisations that can demonstrate initiatives that support employee/customer health and wellbeing. Successful entries will demonstrate an understanding of the holistic nature of health and wellbeing in their area of operation (school, workplace, voluntary group etc), how it affects their group and how they’ve taken steps to improve their group’s health and wellbeing.
Encouraging Tourism Award
This award is open to any group, individual, business, school or club that has made a contribution to encourage visitors to the area or to make their experience of the area extra special. This may be for food & drink, festivals, events, activities and experiences, visitor attractions or through their own activities that have promoted and raised awareness of the Suffolk Coastal District as an excellent tourism destination.
Club of the Year
This award is open to a club that has demonstrated commitment and passion to sport through the activities and opportunities they provide for their members and the community sport. This may include specific achievements in any development area such as increased junior and/or senior members, disability sport, facility development. Must be NGB Accredited where appropriate.
Enabling Communities Award
3 projects awarded funds through Suffolk Coastal’s Exemplar Grant and also the Enabling Communities Budget will be selected and then put through a public vote to win this award.