Tendring4Growth Business Awards

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Headline Sponsor: Colbea

Do you know of an outstanding business or individual who deserves recognition?

Tendring District Council is proud to announce the return of the Tendring4Growth Business Awards in 2024! The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 October 2024 at Princes Theatre. The Economic Growth Team look forward to once again hosting an entertaining evening, with dinner and local entertainment, to recognise local business’ hard work.

Nominations for this years' awards have now closed, however the full eligibility criteria for each award can be found below for reference.

Standard Eligibility Criteria:

  • Business must be based in Tendring. Merely the registered office, or mainly operating in Tendring, is not sufficient.
  • Businesses can be of any size, from a self-employed sole trader to businesses with hundreds of employees. However, national chains and banks are not eligible for nomination.
  • Charities, Community Interest Companies or trading arms of 3rd sector organisations are eligible to be nominated, however community groups and/or not-for-profits are not. These awards are aimed to celebrate the Tendring business community first and foremost.
  • Business must have begun trading no later than 1st January 2024.
  • Nominations are welcome from the business itself, members of staff, or of course customers and/or friends and family.
  • A business can be nominated more than once, and in more than one category where this is applicable, but a separate form must be completed for each different category, with considered answers to the different questions given. Please note, the number of nominations received will not favour a business over another which was nominated only once. If nominated in more than one category, the business will be considered in each category.
  • Winners/Runners Up/Commended Businesses in previous year’s T4G awards are eligible to be nominated again in an appropriate category.

Please note that, once shortlisting for eligibility has taken place, due diligence (including checking the business is up to date with NNDR/Companies House/Licencing check where applicable) will be undertaken.

Tradesperson of the Year

Sponsored by Rose Builders

This award is designed to celebrate Tendring Tradespeople; people of any relevant sector which demonstrate excellence in their skilled work, their customer loyalty and recommendations, or in the growth of their business.  

Eligible nominees could include, but are not limited to:

  • Entire businesses operating in any trade industry, for example electricians, landscapers & gardeners, plumbers, builders, gas engineers, carpenters, Window & Door Fitters, kitchen & bathroom installers, painters & decorators, roofers, mechanics, cleaners and many more. This can be in either domestic or commercial settings.
  • Individual self-employed tradespeople or individual employees of a wider business which have demonstrated excellence in their work.
  • As this is an ‘…..of the Year’ category, nominations should focus on achievements made since January 2023.

This is a broad category and the Judges look forward to considering a wide range of nominations.

Empowering Women

Sponsored by Surya Hotels Limited

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the local business community alongside the wider Ambitious Women in Essex Programme which supports all things related to renewal, ambition & equality of the Essex economy for our local women in business.

All businesses are eligible in this category:

  • Women-owned businesses in any sector which are an example of the resilience and diverse nature of our local business community.
  • Any business which can demonstrate themselves as an example of best practice in supporting women in the workplace; for example by working to encourage women into traditionally male dominated sectors, supporting flexible/return to work options which go beyond legal requirements, or similar.
  • Nominations should focus on recent achievements where possible.

Hospitality & Visitor Attractions

Sponsored by Backing Essex Business

This award is designed to celebrate the regenerative impact and increased pride in place that the Hospitality & Visitor Attraction sectors have across Tendring’s tourism economy.

Nominations are encouraged for businesses from any segment within the wider sector, including but not limited to:

  • Visitor Attractions (including entertainment, activity, heritage attractions etc.)
  • Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Cafes
  • Tourist Accommodation
  • For-Profit organisations otherwise acting as ambassadors and encouraging travel to the District

Businesses nominated may wish to highlight their entire business model, or an individual project/initiative that has proven successful, for consideration by the Judges.

This is a broad category and the Judges look forward to considering a wide range of nominations.

Creativity & Culture

Sponsored by Princes Theatre

This award is designed to celebrate the regenerative impact and increased pride in place that the Creative & Cultural sectors have on our local economy.

Nominations are encouraged for businesses from any segment within the wider sector, including but not limited to:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Performance
  • Libraries, Archives, Museums, other Heritage-related business
  • Access to Creativity (Workshops, Studios, Exhibition Spaces)
  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Advertising, Publishing, Design (Traditional, Web, Games)
  • Film
  • Music

Businesses nominated may wish to highlight their entire business model, or an individual project/initiative that has proven successful, for consideration by the Judges.

Digital Excellence

Sponsored by NEEB

This award is designed to recognise successful online presence of a local business, whether that be in the branding, marketing, social media use, search engine optimisation and/or ecommerce on any platform. This may mean an excellent and engaging website, sales driven by active social media use, an engaged community on a business’ social media platforms, a home business growing via online sales, or any variation of a business using their presence online to drive their business forward.

To be eligible, businesses must be based in Tendring, but otherwise any sector is eligible for consideration in this category and the Judges look forward to considering a wide range of nominations.

High Street Heroes

Sponsored by Esign Visual Communications

High Street Hero businesses make each town and village distinct, reflecting the character of their area and energising the local economy. Alongside larger chain stores, they provide vital products and services to local communities along with a level of personal customer service and advice which cannot be matched.

Businesses of any type or sector can be considered in this category; however, as this award aims to celebrate how integral retailers are to our High Streets, nominated businesses must have at least one physical presence in one of Tendring’s town or village centres, and cannot be online-only.

This is a broad category and the Judges look forward to considering a wide range of nominations.

Community Impact

Sponsored by KAT Marketing

This award is designed to recognise a business which goes above and beyond its usual day-to-day operations to make a positive impact in the local community. The Judges look forward to a wide range of nominations in this category, as so many businesses make positive impacts locally in a wide variety of ways across the District.

Eligible businesses/employees are those which:

  • Can demonstrate positive community impact, in any form, over and above their ordinary business activities. This may be through fundraising, donating via sales, allowing staff volunteer days, supporting local initiatives, or any other wider support for their local area.
  • Employers may wish to nominate employees who have prompted or led community impact initiatives within the business, over and above the ordinary business activities.
  • Customers may wish to nominate businesses which have become invaluable to the local community in any way.

Delivering Social Value

Sponsored by Galloper Wind Farm

Social value can manifest in various forms, reflecting initiatives, projects, or actions that aim to address social challenges, improve well-being, and create positive change in businesses within the Tendring district. This may be through promoting social integration, providing, and facilitating inclusive opportunities, advocating for ethical fair-trade practices, and supporting local heritage and culture.

To be considered for this award, businesses must be based in Tendring, and can be in any sector.

Innovation in Sustainability

Sponsored by Pickering

This award is designed to celebrate businesses that tackle pressing environmental and social challenges while driving economic growth and fostering a more sustainable future for Tendring through innovation.

Examples may involve investing in renewable energy technology, adapting recycling procedures, or optimising digital resources for smarter decision-making. Judges will evaluate evidence of projects or services that have made a tangible social, environmental, or economic impact.

To qualify, businesses must be located in Tendring, but aside from that requirement, all sectors are eligible for consideration in this category.

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