Chamber sponsors EDP Small Business of the Year Award

Best isn’t always Big!
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce is proud to be sponsoring The Small Business of the Year category at this year’s EDP Business Awards. The competition launched on Wednesday 15 May and businesses have until 3rd August 2013 to submit their entries. The EDP Business Award profiles the very best of Norfolk and Waveney businesses and would ensure that your staff and your customers know just how great you are!

Caroline Williams CEO of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce said “Small businesses are vital to the Norfolk economy. Although we do have a significant number of Norfolk’s big brands as members it is the smaller businesses that collectively employ a large number of employees, and they are always willing to give new ideas a go.

Despite the economic climate we know that there are many Norfolk small businesses that are leaders in their market place. They consistently create innovative products and services, trade internationally, develop their staff, and grow a profitable business, yet still find time to support their community.  These are the businesses we want to recognise in The Small Business of the Year Award.

Small business owners are often so busy running their businesses they take for granted that what they are achieving is just ’part of the job’.  Norfolk has some amazing small businesses but a too often they are hidden gems.  Help us celebrate your success and show our young people and individuals thinking of starting a business just what can be achieved, by entering this award. Criteria details below.

If you do not meet The Small Business of Year Award criteria we could encourage you to enter an alternative category. It would be great for your staff, great for your business and great to be able to show you off to the rest of the region.
All details to be found on the special EDP Awards 2013 website http://www.edpbusinessawards.co.uk/

Criteria to be able to enter The Small Business of the Year Award 2013:
The Small Business of the Year category is open to all businesses which have an annual turnover of less than £1million. Entries will be judged on their innovative approach to both product/service development and how serving their customer base has resulted in growth in turnover and profit. Entries will also be judged on and their involvement within their local community and how the business develops its employees.

Entries should be able to demonstrate a passion to grow a sustainable business, underpinned by a strong financial performance through strong leadership.

Areas to be covered in your entry should include: access to finance; research into new product/service development; sustainable practices; market analysis; ability to seize new business opportunities; promotional and marketing strategies; employee development and community engagement.

Copies of current balance sheets and profit/loss statements for the past year should also be supplied.

Go here to enter your business: http://www.edpbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-online/

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