Selby District Business Awards 2022-2023 - application form

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Thank you for showing an interest in entering the Selby District Business Awards.

You will find that the application process is simple and this document is all that you will need.

We want to celebrate our fantastic businesses and the search for Selby District’s most successful businesses starts here.

This year the Award categories are:

  • Small/Medium Business of the Year

Any business that has traded for over 3 years operating B2B or B2C

  • New Kid on the Block

Any business operating B2B or B2C that has been trading for under 3 years

  • Tourism/Leisure Business of the Year

Any business that comes into daily contact with the general public ensuring their experience in the District encourages them to return

  • High Street Hero

Any business on the High Street that offers excellent customer service and goes that extra mile to support the local economy

  • Apprentice of the Year

Apprenticeships are increasingly important to attract new talent or upskill existing employees.  Open to any business to nominate an apprentice who has excelled.

  • Growth Business of the Year

Any business that has seen its business go to the next level

  • Environmental Responsibility

Any business that understands the importance of the impact on the environment and has put in place measures for sustainability.

  • Creative and Digital Business of the Year

For businesses that operate in either the Creative or Digital Sector

  • Trades Person of the Year Award

Any business offering trade services either B2B or B2C

  • Social Enterprise/Community Interest Company

Any Social Enterprise that is driven by its mission over and above financial gain, showing how the community benefits.

How to Apply:

Simply enter your business into one or more of the categories listed above; all businesses entering any category will be automatically entered into Business of the Year.

You can complete the online application below or request a paper application by emailing

You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must submit a separate application form for each category.

All applications must submit by Monday 20 February 2023.

Useful tips for completing your application

Please ensure that you complete all of the sections on the application form.

The business representative will act as the main point of contact within your organisation.

Please state clearly on your application form which category you wish to apply for. You will find the judging criteria detailed below, please refer to this when completing your application.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing you at the Award Ceremony on 30 March 2023.

Judging Guide Lines by Award category

Small Business of the Year

  • Vision of success and the way in which it has developed
  • Its approach to staff development and customer service
  • Evidence of innovation and ambition
  • Leadership in driving the business forward

New Business of the Year

  • The concept of the business and its vision of success
  • How the business researched the market
  • How the business has been received by the market
  • Show a vision for growth
  • How the business was launched and marketed

Retail/Tourism/Leisure Business of the Year

  • People – how does the entrant ensure levels of customer service?
  • Product - the product range, quality of the offering, relevance to the target market
  • Impact on jobs and the community

High Street Hero

  • How has the entrant contributed towards the success of the High Street?
  • Understanding the community activity to drive footfall to their business and that of their business neighbours.

Apprentice of the Year

  • How has the apprentice worked towards their qualification either to kickstart their career or to reskill/upskill in an existing role?

Growth Business of the Year

  • Strategy for continued growth and development
  • Leadership and management to drive the business forward
  • Understanding the market and change management
  • Empowering employees
  • Evidence of growth over the last 12 – 18 months

Environmental Responsibility Business of the Year

  • Encouraging change
  • Development of ethical business practices
  • How have you demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability?

Creative & Digital Businesses of the Year

  • How have you used e-commerce or digital innovation for growth?
  • How does the business protect customer data?
  • Explain how you can engage with clients from a distance
  • Have you entered any new markets to grow the business?

Trades Person of the Year Award

  • How have you promoted your business?
  • What is your competitive edge?
  • How do you ensure excellent customer service?

Social Enterprise/CIC

  • How has the business engaged the community to help support their mission?
  • How has the community benefitted from your activities?

Business representative’s contact details:

If you would like to enter your business into multiple categories, please complete a separate application form for each category you are entering.