Give your firm a boost at the Mercury Business Awards

Stamford Mercury Business Awards 2015   winners group EMN-150516-004451009
Stamford Mercury Business Awards 2015 winners group EMN-150516-004451009
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It’s now less than two months until the Mercury Business Awards 2016 ceremony takes place and previous winners are urging others to consider entering.

The glittering ceremony is due to take place at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre in Wood Lane, Greetham, on Friday, May 20.

Many local firms have already submitted their applications - but there’s still time for those who haven’t yet done so to enter.

Last year, the Established Business of the Year award went to Stamford Stone - one of the country’s leading suppliers of limestone and masonry.

Director Laura Green said the accolade gave the firm’s 35 employees a real boost.

She said: “We were surprised to win - not because we thought we didn’t deserve to but because of the high calibre of other businesses we were up against.

“We had received several trade awards nationally before then, but had not previously considered entering an awards event locally. Looking back, we definitely made the right decision.

“It helped raise our profile locally, and we saw an increase in footfall to our showroom as a result.

“It also gave our employees a big boost.”

Oakham-based Simmons Optometrists was the biggest winner in 2015 - claiming the awards for Small Business and also Independent Retailer.

James Alexander, owner of the business, is urging other local firms to consider entering this year.

He said: “The benefit of entering - and winning - for us has been two-fold.

“First, as a small business with a limited marketing budget, it helps us to raise our profile locally and lots of customers commented that they had seen us in the paper.

“Secondly, it’s great for our talented team of hard-working staff to get some formal recognition.

“We operate in a competitive marketplace with competition from big name brands and our top-quality customer service is how we differentiate ourselves.

“Obviously our prices have to be competitive too, but it’s the personal touch that makes a difference and the two awards we were lucky enough to win last year confirm that.

“The Mercury Business Awards are definitely worth entering and I would encourage any other business to enter.”

There are 10 categories to enter this year, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.

To make a nomination, or enter your business, visit here

The categories

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 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 (Friday, February 12,

2016).

Best Independent Retailer

Sponsored by The George of Stamford

This award celebrates the shops which make the Mercury area special and will be judged on financial performance, product and store innovation as well as proven customer service.

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 improve commercial performance or prospects of the company.

Green Achievement

Sponsored by Larkfleet Group of Companies

This award, which was launched last year and was a huge success, will go to the organisation which has demonstrated the greatest commitment to improving its carbon footprint. The judges will be looking at waste reduction or recycling, alternative fuels, energy conservation and resource management.

Great Taste Award

Sponsored by Rutland Agricultural Society

This award is for a local hotel, restaurant, café or pub that can demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining/food in the Mercury area.

Employee/Team of the Year

Sponsored by Bulley Davey

This award is to celebrate dedication and commitment to the 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.

Customer Care

Sponsored by Chattertons Solicitors

This award will recognise the firm that can prove it really does put the customer first. Has your business excelled to help one customer in particular or perhaps you have introduced new ways of working to help every customer?

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis

This award is to recognise an exceptional individual whose effort and determination over time has made an exceptional contribution not just to the business but to the wider community.

Small Business of the Year

Sponsored jointly by Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre and by Viking Signs

This will go to a small business trading for more than three years that employs between one and 25 people and which is able to demonstrate excellence and innovation in its field, management with the ability to

drive the business forward, funding arrangements and investment plans for the business. It must show it understands its market, has arrangements to respond to change and can demonstrate and quantify why the business should win.

Established Business of the Year

Sponsored jointly by Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre and by Viking Signs

This will be a business trading for more than three years with more than 25 employees that can show evidence of business growth, a commitment to the local community including job creation, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement during the past two years and management with the ability to drive the business forward.