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2016 Awards Categories and Judging Criteria

This year's awards categories are listed below along with the primary judging criteria:


New Business

The best new business created in North Tyneside which has been trading for less than 24 months. The business will show potential for growth and will show evidence of challenges and successes.

Judging Criteria

  • Summary of original business plan
  • Potential for growth
  • Greatest challenges and successes

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Apprentice Employer

The employer of one or more apprentices that demonstrates a high level of commitment and support to both developing the business via apprentices as part of their workforce planning and to create opportunities for employees to develop their skills.

Judging Criteria

  • Evidence of developing the workforce through apprentices
  • Demonstrable support to apprenticeship programmes, including the training element
  • Ability to move with the times and create opportunities for the emerging workforce

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Export

The business which has generated a substantial increase in export from the borough. The business has overcome barriers which have enabled them to export overseas and have been innovative in their way in which products have been promoted to overseas markets.

Judging Criteria

  • Evidence of noticeable growth to the business as a result of exporting
  • The barriers that have had to be overcome to enable to business to export
  • Innovative ways which products have been promoted to overseas markets

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Retail and Service Provider

Any business which sells a product or service to the public. The business is original and cares about their customer and gives evidence of attention to customer needs. The business will also show ability to move with the times and develop new techniques.

Judging Criteria

  • Quality or originality of the offer
  • Evidence of great customer care and attention to customer needs
  • Ability to move with the times and develop new techniques

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Leisure and Tourism Provider

The business which has helped to enhance the cultural or leisure offer of the area, improving North Tyneside's image as an attractive leisure and tourism destination for residents of North Tyneside and those outside of the borough.

Judging Criteria

  • Quality and originality of the offer
  • Growth of client base/profile of users outside of the borough
  • Range of products and services to rival other business

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Manufacturing and Construction

Any business which is in the engineering, manufacturing or construction field which has adapted its offer to make best use of new technologies. The businesses uses the local supply chains and services where possible, environmentally friendly products and services, and supports the employment of local people.

Judging Criteria

  • How the business has adapted its offer to make best use of new technologies
  • The use of local supply chains and services where possible, and employment of local people
  • Use of environmentally friendly products and services

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Green Business & Sustainability Award

The business which has done most to promote environmentally sustainable practices and reduce carbon emissions either solely within their own sphere of operation or on a wider level to help move North Tyneside towards a greener future.

Judging Criteria

  • Evidence of a clear carbon reduction/ energy efficiency strategy
  • Embedding 'green thinking' in own workforce and more widely in the community
  • Use of environmentally friendly products and practices

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Special Contribution Award

The special contribution award is presented to an individual or organisation for their outstanding contribution to the economy or community of North Tyneside.

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