Hey Wakefield – has your business done something amazing?

The Wakefield business community is a diverse as it is dynamic, and we think that’s something to be celebrated.

From little acorns, mighty oaks grow. Whether you’re one person working from your dining room table or employ thousands, Wakefield’s businesses have plenty to shout about. So here’s your chance.

Created by We Are Wakefield, the Wakefield Business Awards will celebrate all that’s great about our district’s businesses.

There’s a range of categories, taking account of all shapes and sizes of businesses. So if you’ve had a cracking year, overcome a major hurdle, or landed a contract with one of the country’s biggest names, now you can get even more credit for it.

We don’t care whether you have staff, an eight-figure turnover, or a client list longer than the M1, we’ve levelled the playing field so you can enter your business confident that there’s a category where you’ll compete against similar businesses.

We Are Wakefield knows the power of micro, small and medium businesses. They are the majority of the UK’s companies and make a huge contribution to our economy and communities. Our new business awards have been created so you can tell everyone how amazing your business is.

We’re all about helping businesses become more sustainable through making quality connections – and the Wakefield Business Awards will have sustainability at their heart. We’ll not be using single use plastic, will use minimal resources to pull off the event, and the dress code will encourage people to wear something they already own or buy second-hand. (Well, if Love Island can do it, so can we!)

Thank you to our headline sponsors, Wakefield First, along with supporting sponsors Juice Personnel Limited and Solupak Limited

Get your entries in by  16th September and get 10 November in your diary. We’re planning a night to remember starting with a drinks reception sponsored by Integrated Recruitment. Will we see you there?


The entry process

We know how busy businesses are, so we’ve made it really simple to enter.

You have 1,000 words to write your entry, and we ask for a 200-word summary (in addition to the 1,000 words) which will be printed in the awards brochure if you’re a finalist. The summary also signposts the judges about what’s in your entry.

Simply complete the entry form online – you’ll need to do one per category you’re entering.  You will also need to upload a logo and a photo to accompany your entry.

Then pay the fee. It’s just £50 per entry. You will receive a link to make payment after submitting your entry.

Entries close on 16th September and we’ll announce the shortlist in late September.


Fair and transparent judging

We want you to trust you’re entering a fair process, so we’ve selected a panel of people with Wakefield connections to be our judges. You can see who’s on the judging panel here.

All judges have signed confidentiality and conflict of interest declarations. Each category will be assessed by at least three judges, and entries are scored independently, not at a judging day, with the winner the entry with the highest score. It’s that simple.

We’ll be running a webinar to help you put your entry together on 6th September at 1pm. Awards expert Louise Turner, chief wordsmith for Awards Writers, award-winner and experienced judge will spend an hour giving her insider tips for what makes a great entry.


What entering the awards gets you

Let’s face it, we all want a bit of glory. But it’s not just about getting up on stage to collect a trophy. If you’re named a finalist, you can expect:

  • Promotion on social media
  • A summary of your achievements and branding in the awards brochure
  • Amazing networking opportunities at the awards ceremony
  • Mentions in We Are Wakefield’s member newsletter
  • Feedback on your entry after the awards ceremony, including what impressed the judges and what could have been improved