Enter your company into Mercury Business Awards 2013

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The Mercury Business Awards are back for an eighth successive year and we want every company to fill in a form and enter.

The awards are all about celebrating success. Whether your firm is a minnow or a mammoth in the business world, we are sure you have something to celebrate.

There are seven categories to choose from thanks to our sponsors; Hegarty LLP Solicitors; Duncan and Toplis; Viking Signs, South Kesteven District Council, and Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre.

The business awards gala dinner will be in May.

Mercury editor Eileen Green said: “The awards are a superb chance to showcase your business and its success.

“There are success stories everywhere even in this tough economic climate.

“In previous years businesses have celebrated their successes, I’m sure this year will be no different.”

The competition is open to companies based within the circulation area of the Mercury which covers Stamford, the Deepings, Rutland and Bourne and their surroundings.

You can enter by filling in a coupon in the newspaper or by e-mailing the newsdesk. Please indicate which categories you wish to enter and we will send you an application form which you will then need to fill in.

Best New Start-up

Sponsored by Hegarty LLP Solicitors. Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all your expectations or is it exactly on the right track, looking strong and with excellent prospects for the future? You may be a one-man band already looking to expand, or you may have started at a larger scale and already proved your ideas would work. Open to companies in business for up to three years from the date of the launch of the competition. (March 1, 
2013)

Community Champions

This award looks to bring together the business world and the local community. We are looking for those people who give up their time to help others. This is your chance to reward the efforts of those people who are always helping others.

You can nominate an individual or a team. Just tell us what they do and why they should win. Once all the nominations are in we will ask the public to vote for two winners, who will be invited to collect their award at the Mercury Business Awards gala dinner.

Customer Care Award

This award will recognise the firm that can prove the customer really does come first. Has your business excelled itself to help one customer in particular or have you introduced new ways of working to help every customer who comes through the door?

Employee or Team of the Year

This award is to celebrate dedication and commitment to business. The title will go to the employee or team who always go the extra mile and exceed expectations within their company. The judges will be looking for an employee or team who can demonstrate how their attitude, commitment and dedication to their job has delivered significant benefits to their organisation.

Business of the Year

Sponsored by Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, the Business of the Year will have to demonstrate it has had a year to celebrate. The winning business will be able to show excellence in operations and performance, continuous improvement and have a clear vision for the years ahead. The winner will obviously have to be able to demonstrate good profit and good policies towards its people and customers.

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis, this award is in recognition of an exceptional individual whose effort and determination over time has made an exceptional contribution to not just a business, but the wider community. We are looking for someone who has set and maintained high standards throughout their working life and can be held up as an example for the younger generation.

Business Innovation

Sponsored by South Kesteven District Council, this award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate an ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the company.