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Last chance to make your nominations

There is just a week to go to get your nominations in for this year’s Newark Business Awards.

The closing date for entries is 2pm on Thursday, March 17.

We have already had a great response to this year’s awards, with some high caliber entries — but we always welcome more.


“Time is really running out so get your entries in,” said Advertiser editor Sharon Hodkin.

“The awards are a great opportunity to promote your business and shout about your success — but you can only do that if you are in the competition.

“It could not be easier to make your initial nominations, so why not get involved?”

Newark Business Awards 2021. Steph Wright, of Gusto Group, presents the winner of the Business of the Year to Roseline Ghiot and Laura Kennedy, of Envelopes Ltd. (51647334)
Newark Business Awards 2021. Steph Wright, of Gusto Group, presents the winner of the Business of the Year to Roseline Ghiot and Laura Kennedy, of Envelopes Ltd. (51647334)

You can enter yourself or others into Newark Business Awards.

You can enter up to three categories.

When you have decided which categories to enter, simply go to the dedicated website

There are two stages to the nomination process.

Initially, you will be asked to give basic details on the website.

Each nominee will then be asked to fill in a more detailed electronic entry pack.

While the closing date for nominations is next week, you have until March 24 to complete the electronic entry packs.

These will then be sent to our independent panel of judges who will use the information supplied in the packs to draw up a shortlist of four finalists in each category.

These will be revealed in the Advertiser on April 14.

After the announcement, judges will visit each finalist to carry out interviews and decide the overall winners and highly-commended.

These will be announced in a glittering gala ceremony at the Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, on Friday, June 10.

This year, there is an additional award, which will be announced on the night.

Supported by our headline sponsors, Motorfinity, the Judges’ Prestige Award, will be decided by our panel of judges from all our finalists.

All the winners will be featured in a special supplement in the Advertiser after the ceremony.

The ten categories are:

Business of the Year

This award, sponsored by Duncan & Toplis, is open to any business trading for more than three years

It must demonstrate business excellence, a commitment to the community, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement, leadership with the ability to drive the business forward and a commitment to its staff.

Businessperson of the Year

The winner will be an individual who stands out from the crowd, has entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them.

The winner will have been

key to the success of their enterprise, as well as encouraging and contributing to the overall business success of the region.

Environmental Champion

New this year, this category, sponsored by Greenzone Facilities Management, will be presented to the business that can demonstrate a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint with projects such as cutting its use of fossil fuels, caring for the natural environment, improving the use of resources by cutting waste, reducing pollution, and increasing its environmental understanding

Employer of the Year

We are looking for employers who can best demonstrate how their leadership and human resources policies support staff development, engagement and satisfaction, creating a positive and supportive workplace with a well-trained team.

The winner of this award will be more than just a good company to work for; its culture will deliver commercial results and will be an inspiration to employees and other businesses.

Team of the Year

This award celebrates dedication and commitment to the business.

It will go to the team that goes beyond what is expected of them to deliver significant benefits to the company.

Customer Care

This award, sponsored by Chattertons, recognizes the firm, irrespective of size or sector, that can prove it really does put the customer first.

Has your business excelled to help one customer in particular, or perhaps you have introduced new ways of working to help every customer?

The organization must have objectives for high-quality customer service and clear methods of monitoring and evaluating standards.

Business Innovation
This award, sponsored by Clipper Group, will go to the organization that can best demonstrate an ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that improve performance, service and profits.

Best Startup

Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all expectations, or is it exactly on the right track, looking strong and with excellent prospects for the future?

You may be a one-man band looking to expand, or you may have started at a larger scale and already proved your ideas work.

This award, sponsored by the Newark and Sherwood District Council, is open to companies in business for up to three years from the date of launch.

Independent Retailer of the Year

This award celebrates the independent shops and restaurants that make the Advertiser area special.

It will be judged on financial performance and product and store innovation as well as excellent customer service.

Best Social Enterprise

This category, sponsored by Urban & Civic, is open to charities and social enterprises that can demonstrate significant commercial and social impact of their activities.

Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organization.