Awards Categories

Entries will open in February 2017.

Click on a category below for more details and to fill out an online application form.


Apprentice of the Year Award

An apprentice is defined as a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period.


Coventry and Warwickshire Business of the Year Award

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.


Best E-Business of the Year Award

You will have used digital technology to enhance any area of your business; sales, human resources, customer relationship management, website enhancement. The list is potentially endless!


Business of the Year Award

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.


Business Innovation Award

Entrants will be asked to show how the business goes about encouraging creativity and new thinking and how knowledge or technology play an important part in developing the business. You will be asked to focus on a particular example of a successful change implemented in the last two years. Evidence of success will help to make your case – what your criteria were and how the business has benefited financially, in market position, or in terms of growing or securing employment.


 Business of the Year Award less than 50

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to thisaward will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.


Business of the Year Award more than 50

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.


Community Business of the Year Award

You will already be a successful business in your own right. The judges will need to see evidence of your success. More importantly to like to ‘give something back’. Whether you do it quietly or shout it from the hill tops, the judges will want to see what you do locally, how you do it and why.

You cannot be shy in this category, tell it as it is. If you have any local coverage or evidence of your kind efforts – let us know.


Stanair Employer of the Year Award

Our criterion to win the award is simple – tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business.


Enterprising Business of the Year Award

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.


Entrepreneur of the Year Award

You must be able to show how your business has progressed in line with your business plan and what potential there is for growth. Success will be demonstrated by your clear understanding of your marketplace, your position within it and your ability to work with internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate. You will be required to show leadership qualities, and good managerial and financial practice. You should also demonstrate your creativity, entrepreneurialism and your enthusiasm for new ideas. A consciousness of self-development and ability to reflect on your own journey is essential.


Green Award

Being “green” in business terms means reducing or removing the harmful impact that products and/or services have on the environment.


Business of the Year Award

This award will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. Entrants to this award will be expected to demonstrate sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.


Events and PR Networking Group of the Year Award

Business Networking has become a very important part of many businesses marketing and sales strategy. Some groups have been around many years, some have only recently started. It is important that whatever way you run your group, it must be successful – prove it and you could be the winners.


Rural Business of the Year Award

Perhaps you have diversified or continue to build your business from strength to strength. Although off the beaten track you are firmly on the business map.


Service Excellence Award

The winner of this award will have the customer at its heart and will deploy and manage resources to most effectively meet the needs of its customer base. In most business disciplines the customer is offered a choice of supplier. To ensure the success of a business a customer care policy is paramount. This category encourages entries from any business that can demonstrate established and measurable systems for monitoring service standards.


Training and Development Award

The judges are particularly looking for a clear strategy to enable businesses to obtain NVQs and professional qualifications through their working environment, offering flexibility to the staff will be key to this award.


Young Business Person of the Year Award

For business people aged 30 or less (by 1st June 2015) who have demonstrated a high degree of entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future. The judges will be looking to identify a business that has set and achieved objectives within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success. In addition to this judges will want to see an understanding of the relationship between your own development and the success of the business.


 Employer of the Year

Our criterion to win the award is simple – tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business.