Innovative Business of the Year Award – Small / Medium / Large

Large Business Award Sponsored by Spawforths

Have you done something that’s truly different? Have you invented something, created a new business model, or totally transformed your business? We’re looking to showcase the innovation within the Wakefield district, so tell us about your amazing ideas, your unique inventions, and your never-seen-before ways of doing things. Make sure you outline the impact the innovation has had on the success of your business to wow the judges.
We will give out three awards for this category to recognise the differences in practice, scale and achievements that should be expected of different sizes of business.

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Sponsored by Zest Business Support

Have you made a real impact in business? Have you built or transformed a business, or created a unique proposition? We’re seeking stories of vision, leadership, and success; of calculated risks and grasped opportunities; of resilience in the face of challenge, and of humility when new information suggests your original idea wasn’t the right one. It’s not the size of your business that matters, but the size of your ambition.

Business Growth Success Story – Small / Medium / Large

Large Business Sponsored by Wordsmiths Unlimited

Medium Business – Sponsorship Available

Small Business – Sponsored by Copperwire Creative 

Small businesses are the engine of British business and many are growing despite economic conditions and minor external factors like a global pandemic and the changes to international trade. Has your business grown despite all the challenges of the past few years? Whatever the size of your organisation – whether it’s run from your spare room or you have offices and hundreds of staff – if you have beaten the odds to deliver growth, we want to know what has made you so successful.
We will give out three awards for this category to recognise the differences in practice, scale and achievements that should be expected of different sizes of business.

Thinking Sustainability

Sponsored by Clear Workplace

With climate emergencies declared by councils across the UK, including here in Wakefield, running a business with respect for the environment has never been more important. How have you developed sustainable business practices? Has thinking sustainably become integrated into your business model and what benefits has that created? We’re looking for examples to show others how you can be both successful in business and operate sustainably.

Outstanding Community Engagement

Sponsored by Haribo

This award will celebrate organisations which develop strong relationships with their communities. Tell us how you’ve identified the right people to engage with or activities to undertake, how you’ve built those strong bonds, and what difference that’s made for everyone involved. Whether you’re a small charity supporting local people, or a business with a strong CSR program, we want to hear your success stories.

Wakefield District Employer of the Year – Small / Medium / Large

Large Employer Sponsored by The Myerscough Charitable Trust

Medium Employer Sponsored by Bluebird Care Wakefield & Kirklees

Small Employer Sponsored by Mint HR

Are you a truly outstanding employer? Have you listened to your people and created terms, conditions and an environment which truly helps them to thrive? Are you inclusive, flexible and understanding that people can’t totally switch off what’s going on at home when they come to work? Show us why you are head and shoulders above the rest and should be named employer of the year.
We will give out three awards for this category to recognise the differences in practice, scale and achievements that should be expected of different sizes of business.

New Business of the Year

Sponsored by Ad:Venture

Few things are as tough as starting a new business. Open to people and companies set up since 16 September 2020, we want to know your story of success. Where did you get your business idea? What’s different about what you do, or how you do it? What does the future hold for your fledgling business? Excite the judges with insight into your amazing new business and help us showcase the fabulous talent our district has to offer.

We Are Wakefield Member of the Year

Sponsored by Nostell Estate

Open exclusively to We Are Wakefield members, this category gives you chance to explain your achievements and convince the judges why you should be named Member of the Year. Tell us why you stand out among other WAW members – maybe you’ve created growth during tough economic times, or turned around a struggling organisation. Have you supported and collaborated with other WAW members above and beyond normal expectation? Whatever your story of triumph, use it to convince the judges to name you Member of the Year.