Award Categories

Celebrating its 6th year, The Morley Chamber Business Awards are considered to be the region’s most prestigious and hotly contested awards. The MCBAs recognise and reward excellence and creativity in local business and each year organisations and individuals from all sectors compete for the coveted titles on offer.

There is nothing quite like being presented with South Leeds’ most prestigious award for business and enterprise, and all previous winners agree. It provides an opportunity for businesses to promote their achievements during the year, raise their profile and ultimately gain the recognition they deserve.

A Morley Chamber Business Award is a mark of quality that sets you apart from your competitors and proves your corporate credentials. It’s an independent endorsement that can help you attract new customers, partners, investors and talent.

To all this year’s applicants, we wish you the best of luck from everyone here at the Morley Chamber and on behalf of all the businesses in Morley.

Media partners White Rose Shopping Centre, Lima Accountancy, Pure Offices, Springfield Training, White Star Security, ixRM, Smith Robinson, Capital Credit Leeds, Orange21, Thunder & Lightening Film Company, LandSec and Village Hotels are supporting a year- round PR and marketing programme and helping us promote the Morley Chamber Business Awards by telling the story of the exceptional organisations that are entering.

The awards night consists of a sparkling drinks reception, an exceptional three course meal, celebrity host, first class entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere. This combined with shortlisted companies, our sponsors and partners ensure a glittering evening and a fantastic networking opportunity.

 

Key dates

  • 9th May 2019 - Applications Open

  • 2nd September 2019 - Applications Close

  • 15th November 2019 - Awards Ceremony

 

Who can enter?

Any business, of any size or sector,  based within the Morley and surrounding area.

 
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COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Our most prestigious award recognises a business able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and vision, successful performance against business planning, forward plans for substantial growth and be an inspiration to other businesses.

Who should apply?

Open to all sizes of business within any sector.

The judges will be looking at:

What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors

Strong managerial and financial performance

Innovation

Potential for growth

Evidence of the businesses commitment to staff

 
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FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award recognises a business that is owned or run by a family. Evidence of family participation in the business and/or a timeline of generations involved in the business is also welcomed. This award will go to the company that has achieved business growth with a family ownership or employment.

Who should apply

Any family business within any sector. 

The judges will be looking at:

Strong family participation in the business

Significant growth and/or expansion

Values of the business

Innovative products, services, applications and/or operations

Financial performance

Plans for future growth and/or expansion



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Business growth award

For all business sectors with exceptional growth in sales, size of the business, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Judges will be looking for a business that can demonstrate the highest levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance.

Who should apply?

Open to all sizes of business within any sector.

The judges will be looking at:

Financial performance records

Innovative products, services, applications and/or operations

Significant growth and/or expansion

Plans for future growth and/or expansion

 




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Sole trader of the year

This award recognises an individual who is able to demonstrate dedication, vision, successful performance against business planning, forward plans for substantial growth and be an inspiration to other sole traders.

Who should apply?

Any Sole Trader or business that employs 2 members of staff or less.

The judges will be looking at:

What differentiates the sole trader’s products/services from their competitors

Strong managerial and financial performance

Innovation

Potential for growth

 
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Retail EXPERIENCE Award

For all Morley retail, hospitality, leisure & tourism sectors. This award recognises an individual, organisation, charity, scheme, project or event that has achieved excellence in their individual sector area, as well as looking for activities that link events in the town to tourism & hospitality. This in turn should drive footfall to our town of Morley, generating jobs and economic growth.

Who should apply

Businesses within either the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors.

The judges will be looking at:

Evidence of how the activity has had a financial impact on the town, whether this has been a specific activity or ongoing part of the business plan

Evidence of job creation – either paid or voluntary

The impact that your business has had on your clients – i.e. contributing to a healthier lifestyle, providing choice, value for money or excellent customer service

How you compete against similar establishments or other specific events

 
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Lifetime Business Award

This award celebrates any business, individual, charity, scheme or project that has significantly contributed to the Morley economy over a prolonged period of time. 

Who should apply?

Please be aware this category is not open for applications. Applications are strictly put forward by the Morley Chamber of Trade & Commerce only. 

The judges will be looking at:

A strong history of growth in both turnover and employment

Evidence of vision, including marketing strategies that have developed and adapted to the ever changing economy.

Evidence of a strong and loyal customer base, including how the business has successfully engaged with the community over a long period of time.



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ENGAGEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY

This award recognises a business that shows innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to our local community. Entrants must demonstrate their involvement with social and environmental events in their local community.

Who should apply?

A business within any sector.

The judges will be looking at:

  • Events & Campaigns aimed at the local community

  • The issues they have helped to address

  • The impact that they have had on the local environment/community. - i.e. driving footfall to the town, promoting the town of Morley, generating funds for charities, providing activities for our community, promoting a healthy lifestyle.

 
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Entrepreneur of the year

This award recognises the significant contribution that a person can make to the success of a business. Entrants for this award can complete the entry as an individual or a company can complete the entry on behalf of an employee or a colleague. 

Who should apply?

A company on behalf of a business individual or a business individual.

The judges will be looking at:

Evidence that the individual uses their own initiative to deliver results

Examples of dedicated leadership and achievement within an organisation or business

Entrepreneurial skills or the ability to work collaboratively within the business

Evidence that they have the ability to become a significant contributor to the organisation and/or the wider business community.