1. Company of the Year sponsored by Natwest
This Award is not directly entered but chosen by the judge from businesses entering SME of the Year and Large Business of the Year. The winner is crowned thus because they have excelled in every part of the awards criteria.
2. Best Customer Service Award sponsored by Sandown Mercedes-Benz
This Award will be made to the business most successfully demonstrating a dedicated commitment to delivering outstanding customer service regardless of sector.
3. Business in The Community Award sponsored by Kingston Smith
This Award recognises those companies who are doing the most to develop initiatives which give something back to the community. It is not intended for community organisations who already undertake community action but rather those commercial organisations who have identified initiatives’ which are beyond their business objectives.
4. Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by Morrisons Solicitors
This Award will be made for outstanding achievement by a businessperson who is contributing to the success of a business based in Surrey. Directors, owner managers and senior executives are all eligible.
5. International Business of the Year sponsored by Uniglobe Preferred Travel
This Award is open to any business based in, or conducting the majority of its overseas business from, an operational base in Surrey. The company should demonstrate healthy import/export activity and good trading relationship with any country outside of the UK.
6. Tourist Destination of the Year sponsored by CountyClean Group
This award recognises the success of any business or organisation in the tourism sector. Judges are looking for evidence of businesses that are developing and enhancing the tourism and visitor experience in Surrey.
7. Business Innovation of the Year sponsored by Surrey Business School
This Award will be made to the business best demonstrating outstanding innovation either by developing a new product or by introducing a new process or system to an existing business. The Award is open to any business based in, or conducting the majority of its business from, the Surrey.
8. Professional Services Award sponsored by projectfive
From accountants and actuaries to business consultants, recruiters, law firms and marketeers, the judges are looking for companies which work within the professional service sector. Entrants must demonstrate excellence in business management under-pinned by a strong financial performance and adherence to a professional code of conduct.
9. Corporate Fundraiser of the Year sponsored by Challengers
Judges will be looking for an organisation who has made the greatest contribution to a Surrey charity. Entrants must demonstrate outstanding achievement, innovative fundraising ideas and achievement of its goals. This Award will be judged by the board of Challengers.
10. Chamber Member of the Year Sponsored by Surrey Chambers of Commerce
This award recognises a Surrey Chamber of Commerce member who has been actively engaged with the local business community. The business should demonstrate a dedicated commitment to their team and delivering outstanding service and a strong plan for sustainable performance.
11. Large Business of the Year sponsored by Heathrow Airport
This Award is open to businesses with an annual turnover of £5 million+ which are at least three years old and have an operational base in Surrey. This company should demonstrate a healthy financial performance and a strategic plan for growth.
12. Employer of the Year sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group
This Award is open to employers of any size or type in Surrey who have achieved excellence in providing an environment where employees can develop their full potential, achieve outstanding success for the business and personally thrive.
13. Food & Drink Destination of the Year sponsored by The Gemini Print Group
This Award is to celebrate all that is great about our local food and drink industry. Judges will be looking for a destination which creates an outstanding dining experience and provides an excellent level of customer service. From restaurants to hotels, pubs to cocktail bars, this category is open to a destination with passion to grow, source and provide local produce.
14. Start-up of the Year sponsored by Surrey Chambers of Commerce Magazine
This Award aims to recognise promising new start-up businesses looking to make their mark on the sector in which they operate, illustrate fast-growth and have ambitious plans for the future. Entrants must have been trading for at least six months and for no longer than two years.
15. SME Business of the Year sponsored by Partridge Muir & Warren
This Award is open to businesses with an annual turnover between £500,000 and £5 million which are at least three years old and have an operational base in Surrey. This company should demonstrate a healthy financial performance and a strategic plan for growth.