Award for Best Business for Innovation

Sponsor: The Richmond Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is incredibly proud to sponsor this category underlining our commitment to develop and motivate ALL talent in our community and so delivering increased economic prosperity and people satisfaction in equal measure across our Richmond upon Thames region.

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Varied and interesting themed business networking events are bookable at https://www.richmondchamberofcommerce.co.uk/upcoming-events/

Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Entry Guidelines:

To enter you need to be a business or organisation in Richmond upon Thames or do significant work in the borough. When completing the entry forms please use metrics for example proportion of turnover, %, numbers in your evidence – this will assist in the judging. All sizes of businesses and organisations are invited to enter and all will be judged according to their size. If you do not have all the answers you could still win – our independent judges will judge you fairly. The number of characters allowed per question indicates the maximum – by no means do you have to use all of these to answer the questions fully. Please attach any additional evidence such as press releases or testimonials or confidential business balance sheets to support your entry. Prior to entering this Award, please pay the entry fee using the PAY ENTRY FEE button below. This entitles your business to enter an Award and 2 to attend The Awards Ball, so that you can pick up your Award should you win. Before paying the fee we invite you to join the Chamber of Commerce to access the subsidised Awards Entry Fee, as well as plugging into the business network, advertising packages, free mentoring, events and more. We can also add these 2 seats to a table for 10 should you be sponsoring another Award or wish to purchase a table. If you have any questions about entering any of the categories, the process or anything else please contact us at email@richmondchamberofcommerce.co.uk and the team will be delighted to assist you.

Entry Form for Best Business for Innovation

Your Name

Your Job Title

Your Email

Your Phone Number (mobile and/or landline)

Name of business or organisation

1. Does your business or organisation do work and/or is it based in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames? 20 words:
Please include information about the size of your company in terms of number of employees and /or turnover.

2. If not based in the Borough please specify what % and how much work you do in Richmond upon Thames? - max 50 words

3. Innovation is the application of a better solution that meets new requirements or needs through any mechanism such as a more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to market - tell us about your innovation and how it is original, new or important in your own field of work?
This question is focused on the better solution you have developed. When describing it please explain what about it is innovative – this should not only be a technical description but should also include an explanation of how it is different from what you offered before (if relevant) and /or how it is different from alternatives available on the market.
Also tell us when was this innovation /innovative product /service developed and when it was (or will be) made available to customers.

4. What is the requirement or need that it is addressing and how? 200 words
This question is about your customers and how your innovation meets a need they have.
When describing it please explain why they buy your product/service – what problem or unmet need does it solve for them or why does it meet this need better than alternative products /services?

5. How has this innovation made a difference – this might be anything from cost savings; increased profit, sustainable environment, better customer service, improved safety etc – please provide evidence of this. 400 words
This question is about the benefits your innovative product /service brings to your customers and is closely linked to question 4 above. What benefits to your customers get from using your innovative product or service; what difference does it make to them or their business?

6. What impact has the innovation had on you, your own business, or the wider community– this might be anything from cost savings; increased profit, sustainable environment, better customer service, improved safety etc - please provide the evidence of this - 200 words
This question is focused on your company. How has the innovation made a difference to your company. Please also tell us any local impact e.g. creation in local jobs.

7. Please describe how your business responded to Covid: any innovation or diversification to reach new sectors or customers; health and safety measures applied to keep everyone safe; how directors maintained and enhanced communications during lockdown; and any other improvements made as a direct result of the pandemic.

8. Who will collect the Award at the awards ceremony should you win?

Please upload your company logo (high res and low res versions please) and any other documents relevant to your entry here (max. 5Mb)