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Sponsored by University of Southampton Science Park
Entry Criterion:

Open to any business which is achieving business success through innovative application of new ideas, technology or practices.

Judging Criteria:

Demonstrating achievement of two or more of the following:

  • A product or process that has made a significant difference to sales revenue
  • A commitment to the use of technology that has led to business success
  • Evidence of an innovative approach to marketing, management or product development
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Sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council
Entry Criterion:

Open to any business which began trading after January 2013.

Judging Criteria:
  • Continued growth since start-up
  • Meeting and overcoming challenges
  • Demonstrating originality
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Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy
Entry Criterion:

Open to any business employing up to 15 people.

Judging Criteria:
  • Focus on quality customer service
  • Recent successes and future challenges
  • Achieving targets
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Sponsored by Taylored IT
Entry Criterion:

A business with a strong connection to their local community (e.g. marketing, trading, recruiting, sourcing locally).

Judging Criteria:

The business can demonstrate how its relationship with its community is key and can show interesting ways of linking with its locality.
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Sponsored by Andover College
Entry Criterion:

Judges will be looking for evidence of where a business has exceeded normal standards and expectations in facilitating a high-quality Apprenticeship experience.

Judging Criteria:

Examples of good practice could include:

  • Providing an opportunity that has offered an Apprentice exceptional personal development and mentoring support.
  • Where an Apprentice has been empowered to make significant contribution to business success/growth.
  • Provision of additional learning opportunities above and beyond training provided by the apprentice training provider.
  • Evidence of a positive onward journey, either through retention by the employer, or progression post-Apprenticeship.
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Sponsored by Phoenix Transconnect
Entry Criterion:

A special award for women in business with a strong connection to their local community (eg marketing, trading, recruiting, sourcing locally).

Judging Criteria:

Demonstrating achievement of at least four of the below:

  • Female
  • Sole trader or has own business, who goes the extra mile to support the community and/or charity
  • Someone who demonstrates total professionalism in everything she does
  • Active within networking groups
  • Actively supporting other women in business, with a willingness to share experiences and learning with others
  • Willingness to guide and encourage younger women and those still studying
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