Best Small Business Award

Sponsor: Richmond Council

Richmond Council is delighted to be supporting the Richmond Business Awards this year and to be sponsoring the Best Small Business Award category. With one of the country’s highest rates of self-employment, entrepreneurialism is a defining characteristic of our workforce. Celebrating the success of new and established small businesses is particularly important now in a time of increasing economic uncertainty with Brexit on the horizon, a challenging retail environment and ever increasing overhead costs.

This Award also compliments business support programme – Richmond Enterprise Challenge: Step Up; Start Up and Scale Up which is aimed at pre-start-ups, early stage and growing businesses to give them the focused support they need to develop and grow – building a firm foundation for our future local economy.

We encourage all small businesses doing business in Richmond upon Thames to enter and we look forward to celebrating their success at the Richmond Business Awards Ball at Twickenham Stadium on 18th June 2021.
We look forward to seeing some great new businesses opening in Richmond and to celebrating their success at the Richmond Business Awards Black Tie Gala Evening.

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Entry Guidelines:

Businesses with a turnover under £5m are invited to enter this category. 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 Category: Best Small Business

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. Is your business either based or does it trade significantly within The Borough of Richmond upon Thames?

2. Can you demonstrate a good financial performance within your sector? Please provide evidence in confidence. 500 words

3. Describe your business strategy and your plan for now/the future and how it delivers for your business. 500 words

4. Do you communicate a clear vision, mission and strategy and how? 200 words

5. Have you developed a brand and how? 500 words

6. Show how you innovate either technically or in other aspects of your business such as people management or marketing. 100 words

7. Via examples show how your business is flexible and adapts successfully to challenges such as difficult market conditions, raising capital, fast changing technology and rapid technological and management related innovation. 200 words

8. Do you have good stakeholder relationships so for example with: customers, investors, employees, environment and so on - please evidence this. 100 words

9. If your business meets these criteria - are you prepared if short-listed to CONFIDENTIALLY share your business' key data with our independent judges? Yes/No - any questions email: ceo@richmondchamberofcommerce.co.uk

10. 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.

11. 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)