We will once again be celebrating the very best in business with the Melton Times Business Awards.
Now in its ninth year, the awards are a chance to shine the spotlight on your business, its employees and achievements.
And with 12 categories to choose from, there’s an opportunity for all.
We are calling on readers, customers and businesses themselves to tell us who deserves an ‘MBA’ – Melton Business Award – after their name.
The prestige of winning an award is in itself a real boost and can help win custom.
This year’s awards will be held at Scalford Hall on Thursday, May 26.
Melton Times group editor Mark Edwards said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to share your success, to shout loud and proud about your achievements and those of your employees.
“We’re delighted to be able to hold this fantastic event once again, and give our thanks to our sponsors.”
** To make a nomination, or enter, simply CLICK HERE to fill out the online form.
Once the nominations and applications are received, judges will produce a shortlist and then carry out visits to determine their finalists and winners.
The awards and sponsors:
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Duncan & Toplis - This award is open to any business and will be awarded to the company which has made the most significant impact in the last year or so.
INDEPENDENT RETAILER, Sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses - This award is open to all independent retail businesses and will be awarded to the business that can best display “first class” customer service, market and customer engagement excellence, product and services innovation & differentiation, the ability to adapt to consumer/trading trends
BEST APPRENTICE EMPLOYER, Available for sponsorship - Open to all employers to showcase their commitment to employing one or more apprentices and identify and articulate the business benefits from investing in the apprenticeship programme, for both the business and apprentice
PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT, Available for sponsorship - We are looking for employers who can best demonstrate a real and continuing commitment to training. The winner of this award will be more than just a good company to work for, their culture will deliver commercial results and they will be an inspiration to other businesses.
BEST EATING EXPERIENCE, Sponsored by Samworth Bros - This award is for a local hotel, restaurant, café or pub that can demonstrate creativity, good customer service and great food/dining in the Melton Mowbray readership area. The finalists in this category will be “mystery dined”.
CUSTOMER CARE, Sponsored by Melton BID - This award will recognise the organisation, irrespective of size or sector, that can prove the customer really does come first.
BEST NEW BUSINESS, Sponsored by Melton Borough Council - This award will recognise new enterprise and is open to businesses set up in the last 18 months
BEST OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE, Sponsored by Melton Promotions - This award is open to any business offering guest accommodation including hotels, B&B, farmhouses, inns, restaurants with rooms and guest houses, plus self catering caravan, camping and glamping locations
BEST SHOPFRONT, Sponsored by Viking Signs - This award will recognise those businesses which have invested in good shop front design and take pride in their appearance.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY, Available for sponsorship - This award is open to any business, person or team which has made a real contribution to the wider business community
GREEN ACHIEVEMENT, Sponsored by Pam Saint-Gobain - This award will is open to any businesses that can demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability and achievements could cover actions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and/or the development of environmental goods or services that will contribute to reduce environmental impacts and improve sustainable development.
AFTER DARK AWARD, Sponsored by Safer Melton Partnership - The award recognises those businesses that encourage people to use the town centre from early evening until late night.