Rupert Cox, Chief Executive of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, which organises the awards, offers his advice on how to write an impressive entry and maximise your chances of success. “It is important that you read through the entry criteria to make sure you understand exactly what is required. Be proud of your company’s achievements and communicate them clearly within the entry. It also helps if you can include images, examples and endorsements from your clients, as this can really make your entry stand out from the rest. Try to ensure your entry is logically laid out, with clear headings for each section and ask someone else to read it before you submit it to ensure there are no mistakes. Get your entry in by 5.30pm on 1st September – then keep your fingers crossed!”
Andrew Quinlan of The Orchard Pig, which won the 2010 New Business of the Year Award, says winning the award has been very significant for his business. “It has been extremely satisfying to have been lucky enough to win this award. We are a relatively new business and have been trying hard to do things properly. The fact that this has been given to us by the Somerset business community gives us great confidence that we are.
“When submitting your application, go for it! Be positive and enter expecting to win. It’s not about arrogance but belief. There is no shame in losing to someone better, but there is no point entering if you don’t think you can win. This attitude will give you a better chance of success!”
The annual awards recognise business success, adding credibility and achieving publicity for the winners. One of the most important and popular fixtures on the county’s business calendar, many Somerset Business Award winners go on to do bigger and better things following the success of winning an award.
Paul Hake, a Partner at the main event sponsor Albert Goodman, says, “We are proud to continue our association with the county’s most vibrant and enterprising businesses. Many Somerset businesses have been honoured through these prestigious awards since 2004, and all testify to it providing a major boost to their businesses.”
Open to companies of all types and sizes, the Somerset Business Awards offer an opportunity to shine a light on your company in these challenging economic times. For entry details and to apply online, please visit www.somersetbusinessawards.org.uk. The closing date for award applications is 5.30 pm on 1st September. Businesses nominate themselves and are welcome to enter more than one category, but should make multiple applications online, ensuring they differentiate between the criteria of each award.
All shortlisted companies will be invited to the glittering black tie gala dinner and prestigious awards ceremony, which will be held on 21 October at the Somerset County Cricket Club’s conference centre in Taunton.
Sponsored by Albert Goodman, which has offices throughout Somerset, the annual Somerset Business Awards are organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with a wide range of individual award sponsors from the private sectors.