Enter the 2015 Awards

Entry Process and Key Dates

To start your submission you need to create a username and password on the Awards for Enterprise portal which you can do by clicking on the Login Now button.

Stage 1

Stage 1 is designed for you to give an overview of your company and achievements. You will need to submit a simple 80 word description of your business or organisation. You will also be asked for a brief summary of the key achievements you want to highlight in relation to the Award you are entering. At this stage your entry will be given a reference number which will be different for each Award category you enter. You will also need to provide details of your main correspondence contact. At the closing date Stage 1 applications will be reviewed by the Entry Panel to confirm your progress to the next stage.

Entries to Stage 1 must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 8th February.

Stage 2

Now you will build on your Stage 1 submission by completing the Main Application Form. This will require a more detailed description and history of your business or organisation as well as detailed information relevant to the category you are entering. Your entry should cover the points listed in the Award Criteria but you should also include any other information that you think supports your submission. All sections of the Main Application Form will be limited to 250 words but you will also be able to upload one file no larger than 1MB. Please note that your upload will be printed in A4 so please make sure it is designed for that format. After the closing date all Stage 2 applications in each category will be reviewed by separate Award Judging Panels in order to shortlist the finalists in each Award category.

Entries to stage two must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 15th March.

Stage 3

This is your chance to come face-to-face with the Judging Panel. Finalists will be invited to make a 10 minute presentation on the key elements of your entry in order to highlight why you believe your business or organisation is a winner in the relevant category.

Presentations will take place during the week of 20th April or 27th April.

Stage 4

Winners from each of the Award categories will automatically go forward for consideration for the Award for Enterprise Excellence. This Award will be judged by a panel that will include a representative of the panel for your category and based on your entry submission and your presentation.

The Gala Evening

The winners of each category will be announced at the Awards for Enterprise Gala Evening, the premier celebration of business excellence in Jersey.

The Awards for Enterprise Gala Evening is on Friday 15th May at the Royal Jersey Showground.

 

Rules of Entry

  1. The Awards for Enterprise are open to any company or organisation based in Jersey
  2. Businesses and organisations can enter more than one award
  3. Separate entries are required for each category
  4. Judging will be based strictly on the information included in the entry submission and the judges’ decision will be final
  5. Entrants agree that if they are shortlisted as finalists their company name and logo can be used in Awards for Enterprise marketing and promotional activity. Finalists will also be required to take part in a short film to be used at the Awards for Enterprise Gala dinner.
  6. All entries must be submitted online at www.jerseybusiness.je
  7. Entries can be supported with one 1MB attachment which must be uploaded at the same time as the stage 2 entry is submitted

 

The Judging Process

Stage 1

At Stage 1 a panel from Jersey Business will review the initial submission to ensure that the required information is included and that it meets the criteria for the relevant category.

Stage 2

A panel of four independent judges will be brought together to judge the submissions for the following stages. This panel will typically consist of a sponsor representative, a previous winner of the category and two independent business people with experience relevant to the category.

At Stage 2 the judging panel will review and score all the submissions against the set of criteria indicated below. The judges score separately and return their scores to Jersey Business which are then collated to identify the five submissions with the highest collective scores. These five become the finalists for the category.

Stage 3

At Stage 3 the five finalists are invited to present the key elements of their submission to the same judging panel that scored the submissions at stage 2. The presentations are score by each judge against the same criteria and the organisation with the highest score is the winner of the category.

Stage 4

Judging for the Award for Excellence is undertaken by a separate judging panel which includes representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, and the category judging panels. The organisation with the highest score is the winner of the Award.

 

Award Categories & Criteria

Award Criteria Your submission should demonstrate
New Enterprise of the Year

Entry Criteria

This award is open to any business (excluding not-for-profit organisations) that has been trading for less than 3 years.

Judging Criteria

  • Growth - level of financial growth and potential future performance.
  • People - growth in employment as well as the way in which the organisation has involved and developed its people across the business.
  • Customer - customer and market knowledge and responsiveness.
  • Operations - operational efficiency including environmental sustainability.
  • A clear start up business strategy
  • Strong commercial performance
  • How you addressed a need in the market
  • How you are adding value to the customer
  • Local employment opportunities you have created
  • How you have embraced new technology and innovation
  •  Your environmental and community credentials
  •  You future vision for the business
Small & Medium Sized Enterprise of the Year

Entry Criteria

This award is open to any business (excluding not-for-profit organisations) that has been trading for more than 3 years and employs 30 people or less.

Judging Criteria

  • Growth - level of financial growth and potential future performance.
  • People - growth in employment as well as the way in which the organisation has involved and developed its people across the business.
  • Customer - customer and market knowledge and responsiveness.
  • Operations - operational efficiency including environmental sustainability.
  • Development and delivery of a clear business strategy
  • Measured profitable growth
  • A culture of continuous improvement
  • Strong leadership and management
  • A commitment to developing your people
  • Your environmental and community credentials
  • Your future vision for the business
Large Enterprise of the Year

Entry Criteria

This award is open to any business (excluding not-for-profit organisations) that has been trading for more than 3 years and employs more than 30 people.

Judging Criteria

  • Growth - level of financial growth and potential future performance.
  • People - growth in employment as well as the way in which the organisation has involved and developed its people across the business.
  • Customer - customer and market knowledge and responsiveness.
  • Operations - operational efficiency including environmental sustainability.
  • Strong profitable growth built on sound business decisions
  • Robust management and leadership structures
  • How you have adapted to a changing marketplace
  • How you interact with your customer and other stakeholders
  • A company culture embedded throughout the organisation
  • Your environmental and community credentials
  • Your future vision for the business
Entrepreneur of the Year

Entry Criteria

This award is open to any individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial flair either through a specific project or in starting or running their own business.

Judging Criteria

  • Finance - ability to raise and manage finance.
  • Skills - leadership and management skills as well as the extent to which the individual has developed their own skills.
  • Vision - ability to identify and deliver a new proposition.
  • Risk Taking - ability to recognise and manage risk.
  • Delivery of a successful project  or business
  • Determination
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Vision
Award for International Sales

Entry Criteria

Any business that sells products or services outside the Channel Islands.

Judging Criteria

  • Markets and Customers – use of market research and customer knowledge to identify and develop its international markets.
  • Growth - the financial impact that international sales development has had on the business.
  • People - employment and development of new staff as a result of international activity.
  • Technology - use of technology to underpin the operational performance and customer engagement in international business.
  • A clear strategy for developing international sales
  • Financial and volume growth in new markets
  • Innovation in the exporting process
  • New approaches to reaching and satisfying international customers
  • Integration of international sales with domestic business
  • Future vision for international sales within the overall business
Not for Profit Organisation of the Year

Entry Criteria

This award is open to any not-for-profit organisation from small voluntary groups to local branches of larger charities.

Judging Criteria

  • Finance - ability to grow and manage its financial resources.
  • Innovation - new and innovative approaches to the organisations activities.
  • People - involvement and management of staff and volunteers in the activities of the organisation.
  • Technology - use of technology and how this has improved their performance.
  • How you have increased awareness of the organisation
  • Success in raising funds
  • Ways in which you have educated the local community in relation to your purpose
  • Your approach to engaging and retaining volunteers
  • The impact of technology on your organisation
  • Strong financial management
Award for Enterprise Excellence Winners from each of the Award categories will automatically go forward for consideration for the Award for Enterprise Excellence.

The organisation that receives the Award for Enterprise Excellence will have demonstrated:

  • growth
  • leadership
  • innovation
Most importantly, the winner of this Award will have clearly distinguished itself as an example of enterprise excellence in Jersey.