The 2018 Clacks Business Awards have launched

Welcome to the fifth annual Clacks 2018 Business Awards. After the huge success of the last four years the Alloa Advertiser alongside event partners, Business Gateway, Ceteris, Developing the Young Workforce Forth Valley, Diageo, DigitalBoost and Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association are gearing up for another fantastic evening where we will be rewarding and celebrating the local Clackmannanshire business economy.

The event has created a platform for local businesses and employees to demonstrate how their work, products, business strategies and services are making an impressive contribution within Clackmannanshire and further afield.

Clackmannanshire has a wide and diverse business community. With amazing companies that deserve to be recognised for their innovation through to social enterprises and businesses who go out their way to ensure customer satisfaction.

The local business community is thriving so we want to hear about those business based right here in the wee county who have great success stories to celebrate.

The prestigious awards gala dinner year will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at The Alloa Town Hall.

The awards will go to companies and their dedicated employees that are leading the way.

Earn your business the recognition for its achievements and reward staff for making your business what it is.

Nominations can be placed by the business themselves, employees or customers.

Category overview

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.

Margaret Mary Rafferty, from Ceteris, said: “The aims and objectives of Ceteris are centred around the economic development and economic regeneration of Clackmannanshire. All of our activities and outputs, whether our business property offerings or business support via the Business Gateway Clackmannanshire contract, are aimed at fulfilling these objectives and, as such, we are absolutely delighted to continue our long-standing status as a partner organisation to the prestigious Clacks Business Awards.

“This year we are sponsoring the new award of Business of the Year. It’s the big one, the final award of the evening and the finalists should be able to present innovative solutions, sound financial judgement, commercial growth and a focus on employee engagement and development. We look forward to rewarding a pro-active, successful and forward-thinking local business with this unrivalled award, the highest accolade of the evening, Clackmannanshire’s Business of the Year.”

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.

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.

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.

Gillian Timmons, Business Gateway Forth Valley Manager and DigitalBoost Programme Steering Group Member, said: “The DigitalBoost programme is working with companies across Clackmannanshire to improve their digital skills and knowledge and help them capitalise on commercial opportunities in this important area. The Embracing Digital Technology Award is a great platform to recognise the creative achievements of these businesses and we are delighted to be a sponsor.”

Excellence in Customer Service Award

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.

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.

Alison Davidson, manager of the Business Gateway service in Clackmannanshire, said: “We know from our years of experience supporting the Clackmannanshire business community that there are many fantastic businesses operating across the region. The awards programme is the perfect showcase for these forward thinking enterprises and we are therefore delighted to sponsor the Most Promising Business Award.”

Success through Sustainability Award

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 2018?

Excellence in Staff Development – sponsored by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association

The workforce is the very heart of every business and its most important asset. We want to recognise a business which supports its employees to be the best they can be. Are you innovative in your training initiatives, do you strive to develop the skills of your workforce, do you recognise and reward progression internally for members of staff? If so we want to hear from you today.

A spokesperson for the Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association said: “In the military world, excellence is expected at every level, and our men and women bring this high standard into their civilian jobs, along with a constant desire to better themselves.

“This ethic is crucial to every business and we want to acknowledge employers who support their staff to be the best they can be.

“Developing the workforce is key to a successful business and we are looking for employers who clearly demonstrate a commitment to their staff and who have a positive working environment.”

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.

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!

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.

For further information please can you contact Nina Holmes on 0141 302 6036 or email her on