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Enter the BathLive Business Awards 2021 and have your company recognised

It’s not long now until nominations close for the 2021 BathLive Business Awards – so if you haven’t entered yet, now’s your chance.

The awards – with headline sponsor Truespeed – will be held on November 10 at Bath Pavilion, with nominations open until Monday, October 11.

The ceremony is returning after a two-year break to recognise the achievements and resilience of the local business community during the pandemic.

Businesses of all sizes across all sectors in Bath and the surrounding area have worked tirelessly to overcome obstacles presented to them in what has been a rapidly different economic landscape from that of 2019, when the awards were last held.

On that night, also at the Bath Pavilion, renewable energy supplier Pure Planet took home the prizes for Business of the Year and Start Up Business of the Year.

The Which? recommended provider, which has more than 100,000 customers and employs 180 staff at its head office in the city, has gone on to rack up the accolades, finishing second in The Times 2020 list of Top 100 small companies and among the best companies to work for in the South West.

Steven Day, co-founder and chief executive of Pure Planet said the company was “very honoured” with the recognition it received while among its peers in the local business community at the Bath Business awards two years ago.

Mr Day said: “We are extremely proud to be a Bath-based business. As well as being a beautiful place to live and work, this area has a wonderful pool of creative, talented individuals and innovative tech companies who help drive our growth in sustainable, renewable energy.

“To be recognised amongst our peers by the vibrant local business community in Bath means a great deal to us as a continuously growing company and we are looking forward to the awards taking place again this year.”

In the face of adversity Bath-based companies have shown great adaptability, ingenuity and resilience to keep their operations going or to bounce back after long periods of being locked down.

BusinessLive and its sister website SomersetLive and newspaper The Bath Chronicle are looking for companies that deserve to be recognised in a year like no other.

We want to hear from businesses that feel they’ve accomplished something extraordinary during an extraordinary time.

Are you or do you know of a small business in Bath that has made a big difference for its customers, staff or the city in general who you think deserves to win the SME Business of the Year Award?

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told BusinessLive earlier this year that the South West is at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis and staging a ‘green industrial revolution’.

Do you know of a Bath business that has been playing its part in this and would be the right recipient of the Environmental or sustainability award?

Whichever category you feel your business is a good fit for, we want to hear from you. Entries are open until October 11 – to enter, or for more information on the awards, visit the BathLive Business Awards website.

Business of the Year Award

sponsored by Truespeed

The winner of Business of the Year will be selected by our judges. They will be the overall winner of winners.

Start Up Business of the Year Award

sponsored by HIGOS Insurance

Getting a company off the ground is challenging in favourable economic climes, let alone amid national lockdowns brought about by a global pandemic. This award is open to an organization that has been established within the past two and half years (since January 2019) who have defied the odds against them to grow their fledgling venture or win backing for a product or service they are developing.

SME Business of the Year Award

sponsored by Opportuni AI Ltd

Open to any company from the Bath area with up to 150 employees, judges will assess entrants’ ability to weather the coronavirus pandemic, their plans for growth in 2021 and how entered companies had a positive impact on the local area.

Large Business of the Year Award

sponsored by Novia Financial

This category is open to Bath firms with 150 employees or more. Much like the SME Business of The Year, judges will take into account the innovation and success of the company in a variety of areas over the previous two years, despite the pandemic.

Innovation Award

Ingenuity is a characteristic most businesses in Bath have displayed during the pandemic. National lockdown restrictions forced many new firms to find new ways of operating, or a need for a new service or product to help them through this testing period. The Innovation Award will be presented to a firm who has had an original idea or made a change that has benefited its staff or customers.

Business Person of the Year Award

As well as companies, the Bath Business Awards also recognise outstanding individual talent in the area too. Have you or one of your colleagues gone that extra mile to deliver an incredible achievement over the past year? Through setting and achieving targets, inspiring others around them of leading practices that strengthen the organisation, this award is for a person who has helped drive a company towards success.

Best Place to Work Award

For many the working environment has changed dramatically, with the spare bedroom becoming the new office in many cases. With many workers now returning to the workplace, even on a flexible basis, it is more important than ever that employees feel safe at work and connected to their employers. Judges for this award will factor in any new home working models or adjustments a company made during the national lockdowns and how they helped their staff to continue working from home.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

This award will recognise the business who has demonstrated responsible business practices across the four areas of local community, environment, their people and supply chain. Judges will look for evidence of a contribution to the overall well-being of the community, its environment and general quality of life. Applicants must demonstrate a working partnership using positive influences to support suppliers and other partners to adopt best environmental, workplace and community practice.

Environmental and Sustainability Award

The winner of this award will be a company that is working towards sustainable development goals or taking active steps towards more environmentally-conscious operations. Your organisation may have made improvements in energy-efficiency, carbon reduction or sustainable working, or you may have introduced environmental policies across your business, such as using green communications or endorsing carbon footprint reduction.

Tourism and Hospitality Resilience Award

The pandemic has impacted on all sectors, but especially on tourism and hospitality, a cornerstone of Bath’s economy, with pubs, cafes and restaurants unable to welcome customers through their doors during national lockdowns.

This award will be presented to a business within the sector that has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judges will be looking for businesses who have overcome adversity whether that is through offering a take out option to survive, creating outdoor seating or switching their entire business model.

We also want to hear about how these businesses may have supported their local community and their plans for the future.

Outstanding Contribution to Bath Award

sponsored by Stone King

This award will go to the business person who has made a positive and lasting contribution to their business, the local economy and community in Bath – over a number of years.

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