Selsey Business Awards. Are you ready?

How to enter, the business categories and how to win

Starting on 1st November, here are details of all the business categories, and how you can impress the judges.
The Selsey Business Awards are now in the third year, and competition is always fierce
You will be able to enter you own business, or customers and employees can also subjit nominationsn Nominations can be made online, by downloading and printing a form, or collecting a nomination form from the Council office in the Hig Street, or in the Selsey Information exchange.
Here are some top tips from previous winners:
1. When completing a nomination, make sure the information you provide is interesting, informative. Give examples where possible. While the number of nominations are important, judges are more likely to to take special note of the comments in arriving at their decision
2. Tell all your customers and employees to submit a nomination. You will be able to download a nomination form to print and circulate to your mailing list or print and give to your customer
3. Make full use of social media. One winner last year got a nomination from almost every all of her Facebook followers.. Post something on your page every week with a link to the nomination page on the website
4. Don’t get all the family, children., grandchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins to send in nominations. The judges will spot that. People can nominate more than one business in different caregoris, but only one for your business
5. Publicise the awards in your business premises for customers and employees to see. If you have regular employee meetings, put it on every agenda. You staff could be your most loyal supporters.
6. Make up your mind you are going to win, prepare a strategy and market, market, market, don’t just leave it to luck. One particular business with a very good reputation who should have been shortlisted as a potential winner only received one nomination last year, because they didn’t tell anybody!
Good luck
Here are the business categories:
Business Categories
1. Young Employee of the year: 
Aged 21 or under, new to the workplace. Which tra
inee/apprentice/school-leaver has shown real promise and why?
2. Best Small Business NON RETAIL
less than 15 Employees. Local manufacturing or service businesses, excluding retail, who have provided great service and  value.
3. Best Small Business: RETAIL
Less than 15 employees. Which shop brightens up o
ur shopping streets with the best display, a good range and exceptional service?
4. Best Large Business
More than 15 employees. Which large local business makes a great contribution to the community, or provided employees with 1st class training and development opportunities and offers great service? 
5. Best trade: 
Plumbers, builders, carpenters, carpet fitters, double-glazing, electricians ….who goes the extra mile in service, value and quality of workmanship?
6. Best café/bar/restaurant: 
Cafes, Eateries, Bars, Restaurants, Take-a-ways. Who pro
vides quality food with the best service and value?
7. Voluntary Group of the Year: 
The group or charity that has provided the best service for the community.
8. Volunteer of the Year: 
An individual who has gone ‘One Step Beyond’ to suppor
t others.
9. Special Award
To an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to t
he local business scene. Chosen by the SBP Steering group.
10. BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Spofforths
Which of the above businesses stands out from the crowd and why? Winner will be chosen by the sponsors from the winners of above categories

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