Award for Best Start-Up

Sponsor: Richmond College

Richmond College RUTC offers a broad and innovative curriculum for post 16 study, including A Levels and an extensive range of vocational and technical qualifications inclusive diplomas and certificates and apprenticeships from entry level to level 5. The College is the home to a major £80m flagship building with Phase One completed in Spring 2020. Phase Two for the STEM and Sports Hall due to complete 2021.The new campus will help establish RuTC as a college for careers with an outstanding reputation for services to students and employers. It will bring together education, enterprise and the local community to deliver innovative curricular that utilises the latest technologies and the key features of the campus are:

  • State of the art classrooms with specialist rooms for digital and graphics courses
  • ‘The View’ Restaurant seating 100 customers which can be booked for external events
  • Theatre with seating for 160 people with live performance stage
  • TV, Drama, Dance and Music Studios
  • 3D prototyping FabLab, ceramics, darkroom and printmaking areas
  • Art studios
  • Exhibition art gallery, providing opportunity for local artists and photographers to exhibit their work
  • Business incubation spaces and business lounge for employers
  • STEM Centre
  • Sports centre and pitches

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 Start Up

Your Name

Your Job Title

Your Email

Your Phone Number (mobile and/or landline)

Name of business or organisation

Please indicate your business sector, type of activity, approximate turnover & no. of employees

1. Are you a Business or Self-employed Start-up that was created in the last 2 years? - max 20 words

2. Are you based in London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames either as a resident or a business location? - please specify - max 20 words

3. Is your business/or are you principally trading in London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames? Please specify? 50 words

4. Does your business have less than 10 employees?

5. Have you overcome a personal barrier to achieve business success? - max 50 words

6. To what extent have you used new technology to develop your business and give it a competitive edge? Please provide an overview of how this has been achieved.

7. Demonstrate how you learn new skills or use mentoring to ensure business success - max 100 words

8. Show how you have use networking effectively to generate business - max 50 words

9. Show how you have developed a sustainable business that has the capacity to grow and employ others - this is a key information for the judges to see how your business is developing - max 1000 words

10. Business or self-employment is generating income and is profitable - please share cash flow/ any other financial profit/loss data in confidence here with the Chamber of Commerce and it's independent judges max 200 words

11. To what extent have you implemented any business practices which support the protection of the environment such as: recycling; reduction in carbon footprint; reduction in single use plastic; and so on.

12. 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.

13. 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)