Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018

We are delighted to be able to officially launch the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018, celebrating the best in business across the region. This year, we are excited to be working with British Chambers of Commerce to help increase the potential recognition of our members on a national scale.

Awards Categories

In total, there are 10 Award categories for which you can apply, covering a wide range of business sectors and capacities:


Best Use of Technology*

This award recognises those who have fully exploited the range of technology available to them to grow their business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to transform their business.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The range of technology used in conducting your day-to-day business;

  • How technology has improved your company's processes and efficiency;

  • The use of technology to improve customer service and engagement;

  • How the above practices influence your supply chain.


Customer Commitment Award*

Ideal for those operating within the professional services sector, this award recognises those with a focus on customer service and care. It is designed for businesses who can demonstrate excellence and commitment in the ever important area of customer service.

The judges will be looking for:

  • A robust customer service strategy and evidence of how this is implemented;

  • Evidence of strong business performance;

  • How customer care is tied into staff development plans and how this has driven business growth.


Education & Business Partnership*

This award recognises schools, further education colleges, universities and training providers that engage effectively with business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they work with businesses to help their pupils/customers gain an understanding of the world of work and develop the crucial employability skills that employers value.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Why engaging with business is important for your organisation;

  • The level and type of engagement you have with the local business community;

  • How employability skills are incorporated into the curriculum and learning more broadly;

  • How the above impacts on pupils/customers.


Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering

This award recognises companies of all sizes who excel in manufacturing or engineering performance. The judges will be looking at the processes in place that help your business to achieve success.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Significant growth and/or expansion;

  • The barriers your business has faced and overcome;

  • The degree in which innovation and technology has improved processes and efficiencies;

  • How sales and performance is measured in your organisation.


Export Business of the Year*

This award recognises the strength of Britain’s exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the International stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The level of exports when compared to the size and sector of your organisation;

  • The barriers that have been overcome, e.g. languages;

  • The degree to which products or services are new and markets non-traditional;

  • Innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets.


Small Business of the Year*

Open to organisations employing less than 50 full time members of staff. This award will go to the company who has achieved consistent growth, whilst demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that they operates in.

The judges will be looking at:

  • What differentiates your products and services from that of your competitors;

  • Evidence of strong managerial and financial performance in your business;

  • Innovative approaches that you have taken;

  • Your company's potential for growth;

  • Evidence of your commitment to staff.


Social Impact Champion

This award recognises businesses that are committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and having a positive impact on the local area in which they operate.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Details of how your organisation benefits the community, society and/or environment;

  • Evidence that shows the project or activities you have undertaken;

  • Activities that your organisation has taken part in and how you have overcome any challenge;

  • The impact that CSR projects have had on the culture of both the organisation and the local area.


Tony Andrews Start-Up Award

In memory of Enterprise Advisor, Tony Andrews, and in partnership with Access2Business and SWEDA, this Award is for a company within their first 2 years of trading that has exceeded expectations at the start of their business’ life cycle.

The judges will be looking at:

  • The training/support/workshop sessions you have accessed;

  • Challenges that your business has faced;

  • Current activity within your business to grow your product or service.


Workplace Wellbeing Award*

This award recognises businesses that are creating an environment for their employees to succeed by demonstrating their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence that the health and wellbeing of your employees is embedded in your businesses culture;

  • The activities that your organisation undertakes to promote and encourage the positive health and wellbeing of your staff;

  • How you assess your employee’s health and wellbeing needs;

  • The impact that your health and wellbeing initiatives have had on your employees and the wider business.


Young Person or Apprentice of the Year

This award recognises exceptional young employees (24 years or under). Entrants for this award may have overcome personal barriers or are making a difference in your organisation, but hard work and determinations enables them to deserve recognition.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Your approach to the learning and development of the Young Person or Apprentice within your organisation;

  • Challenges faced by the Young Person or Apprentice and how these have been processed;

  • Their achievements and how they were accomplished;

  • The impact of Young Person or Apprentice towards your organisation's objectives.



Click here to apply

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 29th June 2018.


Please note, you may apply for more than one award category and the Awards are open for free to all members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. In addition, this year we are also accepting entries from those who are Non-Members for a monetary fee.

The award finalists will be announced in September and winners at the Awards Dinner, which is scheduled to take place in November.

For those who are looking to enter, please click here to read some valuable tips on how to write a strong application. In addition, we are running an Awards Writing Workshop on Thursday 7th June, which is being lead by Andrea Childs of Klick Business Solutions and is free to attend for Chamber members. Please click here to register your place for this event.

For more information regarding the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018, or if you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us 01902 912319. Alternatively, you can click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email the Chamber team.

*These Awards are also British Chambers of Commerce Awards categories, with entries for these automatically being entered for the regional and national Awards.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:18

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