By now I hope you are all crafting your entries for the BIG Awards.  The awards are open to all businesses within Waverley – not just Chamber members. There are 5 categories of awards and you may enter as many categories as you like. The President’s Award is for those organisations that can achieve a balance across four dimensions. Entries close on 1st September – so download your entry form here, and get writing!

Innovation – could be a new product, a new service, a new process, technology or something we haven’t even thought of! This could be a start-up with a brand-new product or service (our own local Uber or Airbnb) or an established firm that’s found an innovative way of working with their customers.

Customer Delight – Do you have a reputation for ‘delighting your customers’? Is it the quality of your customer service, or the quality of the product/s you sell that delights your customers? Do you delight your customers in person or online – or both?

Staff Engagement, Education & Empowerment – How do you engage, educate and empower your workforce? What steps do you take to ensure your workforce is working with you as well as for you? What educational opportunities (such as apprenticeships) does your organisation/enterprise provide? And lastly, how do you empower your workforce to influence success and deliver the results your organisation /enterprise needs?

Partnership – We are looking for that Company/Organisation whose business ethic includes ‘giving back’ via the ‘Partnerships’ they have formed with the council and their community. If your Company / Organisation creates and/or supports council/community projects, we want to hear about it.

The President’s Award

Each Chamber of Commerce in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere is working with one or more private sector sponsor/s to present an award to an organisation/enterprise from within their local area.  The judging criteria will be the same for all four Chambers. We are looking to reward and recognise a well-rounded organisation/enterprise which strikes a balance between delighting customers, engaging and developing staff, innovation and community responsibility. If your organisation/enterprise can demonstrate how it successfully balances these four dimensions, then you should enter the President’s BIG Award for Haslemere and District.

To be eligible for this award your organisation/enterprise must be a member of the Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce or based in Haslemere, Wey Hill, Grayswood, Shottermill, Hindhead, Beacon Hill, Chiddingfold, Lythe Hill, Camelsdale, Brook and all areas in between.

Good luck!