Award Categories


Outstanding Business of Lockdown

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Businesses across the region have shown their generosity and resourcefulness during the coronavirus crisis, and developed new services, products and methods of working. We are looking for inspiring applications from businesses that have used creativity,  expertise and determination to navigate their survival in the face of adversity.

Social Care Hero Award

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Carers, both paid and unpaid, have been on the frontline over the past year in the fight to keep vulnerable people in the community safe from Covid-19. We are looking for nominations from the public for a special individual who has best personified this amazing and heroic effort. They can be an unpaid carer, selflessly looking after a relative or a friend, or a professional carer or support worker. We are looking for someone who has stood out as going above and beyond during these challenging times. This award will be voted upon by the public and will recognise their impact upon the community they serve.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The rates of unemployment, the catastrophic effects of climate change, and the challenges of globalisation all pose significant problems. The skills of young entrepreneurs, allied to rapid technological advancements, are overcoming many of these barriers. The Gary Ledden Young Entrepreneur Award has been created to highlight the work of revolutionary young entrepreneurs who will stand as inspiration for existing business people and encourage others to become effective entrepreneurs. Entrants must be between 18 and 35 years old.

Community Hero

This category rewards and recognises the amazing community effort during the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be neighbours coming together to help their community or a charity/CIC that has continued to deliver its valuable services to their beneficiaries or the wider community. We welcome entries from individuals or organisations and all ages. Please illustrate what this individual, group, charity or CIC did for the community during the pandemic, and include testimonials to support the entry (up to 1,000 words each, no more than 4 testimonials).

Small Business of the Year

Open to organisations with 1 to 15 members of staff. Judges will be interested in the ethos and background to the business, its profitability and the unique selling points which make it a success, and the difference it has made in its sector and how it has overcome any challenges. They will also be looking at future projections and plans. Please provide the date that the business was established.  

Big Thank You Award

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A category to award the amazing efforts of keyworkers who have been inspiring in their efforts during the coronavirus crisis. They can be NHS staff, care workers, teachers and school staff, delivery drivers … anyone classed as a keyworker. Please detail what this person has done for the community or as part of the national efforts in supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Please include testimonials to support the entry (up to 1,000 words each, no more than 4 testimonials).

Large Business of the Year

This award recognises businesses with more than 50 employees who have delivered consistent growth whilst maintaining a strong balance sheet, and who demonstrate innovative business practices which are delivered through an engaged workforce.

Leisure, Retail & Lifestyle Business of the Year

Open to any restaurant, hotel, café, pub, retail, leisure facility, visitor attraction or similar business. We are looking for an organisation in this sector that excels in their field, showing evidence of success between March 2020-April 2021, and how they have overcome the challenges of Covid-19.

Best Business Transformation

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This Award will be presented to a business that has pivoted in order to better serve the community during lockdown. The winner has adapted their business model, demonstrating flexibility, innovativeness, and nimbleness to keep afloat and place the community at the centre of their business and themselves at the centre of the community effort.

Medium Business of the Year

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To recognise outstanding performance by a company having a workforce of up to 25 which is based in or has a significant presence in the Yorkshire Coast area. The winning company will demonstrate a clear vision and plans for the future, innovation and creativity and a track record of success whilst overcoming challenges.  Winning characteristics could be (though not exclusive): a successful turnaround of a struggling or slow-moving company; successful exploitation of innovation; excellence in setting up a major new operation and bringing it into production at a high level of efficiency; pioneering new markets; remarkable growth in size or profits.

Entrepreneur of the Year

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A prestigious award which recognises an individual who has excelled in business leadership, has a wealth of experience in launching/managing sustainable businesses, created employment opportunities for the region and  put Scarborough and the Yorkshire Coast on the map either through innovation, growth, international trade or community engagement. The winner of this award will be a business visionary who has made a significant contribution to business in this area and is an exceptional role model to others.

Employer of the Year

An award for a business that has great employee  engagement, excellent staff retention with training opportunities and career progression. We want to hear about those companies who truly care for their employees and who are considered the best companies to work for! The judges will look for evidence and testimonials that confirm all of the above.

Company CSR/Green initiative of the year

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Businesses form a crucial part of our communities and many are helping to put something back into society. Judges will look at businesses who can demonstrate that they have contributed substantially to the community, including through society-led projects, volunteering or fund-raising, and/or demonstrate what they have done to become greener and reduce/offset their carbon footprint.

The Frank McMahon Memorial Apprentice of the Year Award

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With close to a million active apprenticeships across England alone, apprenticeship schemes have fast become a preferred route to employment for thousands of school leavers. This award recognises an apprentice who has excelled in their training and goes above and beyond for the benefit of both their business and their future career. The apprentice of the year award should be completed by either the apprentice or their employer.   Judges will be looking for the contribution that the individual has made throughout their apprenticeship, showing their commitment and attitude to the role.