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Clacks 2019 Business Awards

The Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser Clacks 2019 Business Awards rewards and celebrates the local Clackmannanshire business community. There were 10 awards up for grabs which was announced at the glittering awards ceremony on Thursday, August 29 at the Alloa Town Hall.

The Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser Clacks 2019 Business Awards

The Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser Clacks 2019 Business Awards rewards and celebrates the local Clackmannanshire business community. There are 10 awards up for grabs which will be announced at our upcoming award ceremony on Thursday, August 29 at the Alloa Town Hall. Join us for a night of celebration as we bring together the local business community.

Sponsors

The Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser would like to thank our 2019 sponsors for their support.
Raise your profile across Clackmannanshire by sponsoring our awards.

If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Lucy Murphy, Business Development Executive on lucy.murphy@newsquest.co.uk or 0141 302 6027.

Categories

The Clacks 2019 Business Awards recognises the efforts of the people and companies who drive our local economy. Earn your business the recognition for its achievements and reward staff for making your company what it is. There are 10 categories to choose from and nominations can be placed by the business themselves, employees, customers or suppliers. Nominations are now closed for 2019.

  • Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Ceteris

    This award is to recognise a business that has had outstanding commercial growth within their industry sector. Judges will be looking for businesses that can demonstrate innovative projects, impressive results and a focus on employee engagement.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the main activities of the business?
    • What have you done to demonstrate impressive results?
    • How do you stand out from all the rest?

  • Most Promising New Business Award – sponsored by Business Gateway

    It takes something special to make your mark in business. This award will go to a new Clackmannanshire business that demonstrates an organic growth strategy and has achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share improvement.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the activities of the business?
    • What have you achieved in the beginning of your business journey?
    • What affect are you having within the Clackmannanshire area?
    • A business that has been trading from between 3 months and 2 years.

  • Best Not-For-Profit Organisation Award

    From public sector agencies to third sector- charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, Clackmannanshire has them all. This award is to recognise the incredible achievements of our best not-for-profit organisations headquarted in Clackmannanshire.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the main activities of the project/organisation?
    • What results have been achieved?

  • Most Impressive Employee of the Year

    We understand that most businesses wouldn’t be where they are without the strong workforce behind them. We want to hear about an employee that has gone above and beyond the call of duty over the last year. Let’s celebrate their hard work, achievements and outstanding contribution to their role and business.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the main duties of the individual?
    • What have they done to go above and beyond?
    • How do they demonstrate that this is an outstanding member of staff?

  • Apprenticeship Award

    This category is to celebrate Apprentices across all sectors, and recognising an individual who is set for a successful career in their chosen field. Whether your Apprenticeship programme specialised in engineering, healthcare or professional services, we want to highlight an individual who demonstrated significant improvement, a great work ethic and is an ambassador for Apprentices in the Clackmannanshire Area.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the main duties of the individual?
    • What have they done to demonstrate significant improvement?
    • How do they stand out as an ambassador for apprentices?

  • Excellence in Customer Service Award – sponsored by Alloa First

    Customers are very important in all businesses and we want to recognise a business that has gone above expectations. If you offer excellent customer service within your business practice, then we want to hear from you today.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What initiatives have you implemented to offer exceptional customer service?
    • Do you go above and beyond for your customers?
    • Do you demonstrate that customer service is at the heart of what you do?

  • Embracing Digital Technology Award – sponsored by DigitalBoost

    Digital platforms, communication and strategies are essential for every business. Are you a business who has implemented a digital element, such as an e-commerce system or a social platform, that has revolutionised the processes in your company? Have you embedded a digital system that has improved customer experience? Tell us about how digital has helped your business grow.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the main digital activities of the business?
    • Are you demonstrating a positive effect through the implementation of digital?
    • Has your offering contributed to a better customer experience?

  • Community Spirit Award

    This award recognises a business or company that put’s the community at the heart at what they do. From staff volunteering hours to CSR initiatives, has your company put giving back high on the agenda? We want to hear from businesses that have made a positive impact on the local community.

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What results have been achieved?
    • Do you show that the community is at the heart of your business?
    • What initiatives, projects, fundraising programmes have you implemented?

  • Success through Sustainability Award – sponsored by SV24-7 Vending

    Responsible and remarkable. The winner of the award for sustainability will be a company that can show a consistent commitment to social and environmental improvements as part of its economic strategy. It will have systems in place to improve resource efficiency, have capacity and responsibility to contribute to socio-ecological improvements and engage with communities and other businesses to create a more sustainable economy. Does your company have a sustainable strategy that could be rewarded in 2019?

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the systems and procedures in place to deliver sustainability?
    • What results have been achieved?
    • What is your sustainability strategy?
    • Have you engaged with other communities and businesses to create a more sustainable economy?

  • Family Business of the Year

    This category is for a family business of any size, in any sector, which has enjoyed outstanding success. Are you a business steeped in family history or a new start-up enjoying a successful start to your family business career, then we what to hear from you!

    What the judges will be looking for

    • What are the main activities of the business?
    • Do you demonstrate success in their chosen business sector?
    • How has being a family business shaped your business plan?

How to Enter

It is quick and easy to nominate a business or individual for a Clacks Business Award. Once you have decided on your category(ies) from the above list, you will need to fill in our entry form. The form is just a few simple questions to give us an idea of why your nominee deserves to win.

You can download the form online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button below.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process or require the entry form in a different format, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.

Entries have now closed.

Judges

Gillian Timmons
Business Gateway Forth Valley Manager and DigitalBoost Programme Steering Group Member

Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Stewart
Lord-Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire

Iain Smith
Group Content Editor
Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser

Diane Brown
Project Manager
Alloa First

Alison Davidson
Business Development Manager
Business Gateway Clacks

Event

The Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser Clacks 2019 Business Awards took place on Thursday, August 29 at the Alloa Town Hall.

The evening included a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment from local talent and the awards presentation. The event was hosted by David Farrell.

David Farrell

Here’s what one of our 2019 winners had to say:
We had a really enjoyable evening. We were thrilled at winning the award and it will fuel the desire to enter and attend next year. Great set up overall and I can see why there are so many business' looking to go along.

Shortlist

Best Not-For-Profit Organisation Award

Breathe Easy Clackmannanshire
Reachout with Arts In Mind
Sauchie Active 8
Wellbeing Scotland – Winner

Community Spirit Award

Blush Boutique
Home-Start Clackmannanshire
Orchard Care Home – Winner
The Crown Inn Social Club

Embracing Digital Technology Award – sponsored by DigitalBoost

Emblation
Jump N Joy Trampoline Park
Kelso and Titch Natural Pet Treats – Winner
Stewart Accounting Services Limited

Excellence in Customer Service Award – sponsored by Alloa First

Flourish Home Support Services
Rhona McCallum Hair
Smart Specs Optical Dispensary
The Sorting Office – Winner
uGym LTD

Success Through Sustainability Award – sponsored by SV24-7 Vending

Alloa Community Enterprises Limited
Clackmannan Development Trust
MiaMae Luxury Candles
Rhona McCallum Hair – Winner

Most Impressive Employee of the Year Award

Craig Mitchell – SV24-7 Vending – Winner
Linda Kerr & Rhona Holden – Home-Start Clackmannanshire
Shumela Ahmed – Resilience Learning Partnership

Family Business of the Year Award

Heavenly Bakes n Cakes
The Crown Inn – Winner
uGym LTD

Apprenticeship Award

Alicia Wardlaw – Stewart Accounting Services Limited – Winner
Danielle Hill – Clackmannanshire Council

Most Promising New Business Award – sponsored by Business Gateway

HappyDays Performing Arts
Krafty Kids Alloa
Little Owls Eats and Treats
uGym LTD – Winner

Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Ceteris

Jump N Joy Trampoline Park
Stewart Accounting Services Limited
SV24-7 Vending – Winner

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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Events Manager, Kirsty Loughlin on 0141 302 6016 or kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk

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