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York Press BUSINESSiQ Awards 2024 on
Friday 29th November at York Racecourse

Please email Kate Neighbour for ticket enquiries.


The Press Business Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement, and highlight the innovative people and companies throughout York district who are putting their region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community. We believe that the passion, determination, tireless energy and skills that goes into running a top-performing company all deserve recognition and our awards categories are designed to celebrate businesses from across arrange of sectors. Held again at the York Racecourse on Friday 29th November.


Closing Date Friday 16th August.



The Press BUSINESSiQ Awards 2024 are open to all businesses in The Press’s circulation area of York, North and East Yorkshire. If you have any queries, please email newsdesk@thepress.co.uk

Entries open Thursday 27th June 2024

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THE CATEGORIES

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is open to all companies with an annual turnover of at least £1 million which can demonstrate outstanding organisation, exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies plus market prowess in its sector. Submissions may include the success of principal products and services and how they are marketed, obstacles faced and overcome, strategies to motivate and upskill staff, future strategy for maintaining growth and dynamism and responsibility to the community.


SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Open to those businesses in the region which have been trading for more than a year and have a turnover of less than £1 million. The judges will consider financial performance, strategy and the way it has developed, it’s approach to staff development and customer service, potential for future growth and the impact the business has had on jobs and the community.

Sponsored by: HETHERTONS SOLICITORS


SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

As the UK economy moves towards zero emission and York’s commitment to clean growth, this award is looking for a local company that best demonstrates its commitment to the environment. Are you actively cutting or capturing your emissions? Altering your supply chain, modifying products or services to reduce carbon? We want to recognise businesses that are committed to driving a sustainable future.

Sponsored by: SHEPHERD GROUP & PORTAKABIN


NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This category award is open to those businesses in the region which have been trading for more than a year. The judges will consider financial performance, strategy and the way it has developed, it’s approach to staff development and customer service, potential for future growth and the impact the business has had on jobs and the community.


BUSINESS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

This category award is open to all business people in the region who demonstrate inspired leadership. Judges will look for the personality’s role and impact in their own organisation’s success as well as how they have had an impact on the wider business community, examples of their flair and method for getting things achieved. They will also look at his or her personal achievements and their personal challenges which have been successfully overcome and how they have been a role model for others.

Sponsored by: YORK RACECOURSE


FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is open to established family businesses across all industry sectors that can demonstrate sustained success across a broad range of measures, whilst ensuring all family values are followed. The judges will be looking at the aspirations of your business to demonstrate how both current and future family generations will be involved in the growth of the business.

Sponsored by: JW MYERS MONUMENTAL MASONS


RETAIL, LEISURE, AND HOSPITALITY AWARD

This award will celebrate outstanding excellence in the retail, leisure, and hospitality sectors. This award will recognise businesses that have demonstrated exceptional innovation, customer service, and community engagements. The judges will be looking for commitment to delivering memorable experiences, driving economic growth, and contributing positively to the local landscape. They embody excellence in product offerings, customer satisfaction, and sustainable business practices, setting a benchmark for industry standards and inspiring others in the retail, leisure, and hospitality sectors.

Sponsored by: YORK DATA SERVICES


EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

This award honours the region’s top employers who have demonstrated strong investment in their employees. The judges want to know about the company which, in the opinion of its staff, provides the best working environment, best people development practices, best skills and training programmes and demonstrates genuine care for the health and well-being of its workforce.

Sponsored by: CITY CRUISES


MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

Manufacturing creates economic growth and is the engine that drives the districts economy. Manufacturers like you contribute to the vibrancy of our communities through good business practices, innovative processes and productivity enhancements. This award celebrates the successes of manufacturers in the region. The judges will be looking for excellence in their field, ability to success, growth and best practice.

Sponsored by: PARSONS ACCOUNTANTS


BUSINESS INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

For this award we are looking for the business or organisation that is bringing about change for the better by the application of new thinking and ideas. Innovation could be from the application of creativity to new or better products or services, better ways of working that have produced great results and investing in research and development. It could be that your organisation has formed new and exciting partnerships that have changed your outlook and performance; using good ideas from staff, customers or your supply chain to make real changes to what you do and succeed as a business.


APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Apprenticeships are an increasingly important way of attracting new talent and providing training for the future. We know there have been some fantastic successes locally and this award recognises an employer’s best apprentice who has successfully come through their apprenticeship programme. The finalists in this category will have gone above and beyond as part of their apprenticeship for an employer that has offered the support and training needed to kick start their careers.


HEADLINE SPONSOR

YORK St JOHN UNIVERSITY


If you are interested in sponsoring an award category, contact Lucy Stoakes: lucy.stoakes@localiq.co.uk