Powys Business Awards
Judging Criteria

The criteria for each category is detailed below.

Judging Criteria for Social Enterprise/Charity Award      

Sponsor: Mid Wales Housing Association          

This award is open to any charitable organisation or a community/social enterprise trading in Powys with a social purpose and/or a not-for-profit basis.                                               

The Judges are looking for evidence that you:                                  

  • Demonstrate an innovative approach to the way in which the enterprise operates and/ or meet its own primary objectives.                            
  • Make a positive impact on society/communities and/or environment                                     
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of individuals, particularly working in a manner which helps vulnerable and/ or disadvantaged individuals to help themselves                                         
  • Projects that have the potential for future development growth and sustainability.  

Judging Criteria for Outstanding Commitment to Training Award

Sponsor: NiBS Ltd

This award is open to all size companies from any sector where a commitment to training has made a positive impact on their business success.

The Judges are looking for evidence of:

  • Problems/ challenges/ opportunities the businesses has overcome with training.
  • How the training has impacted on the achievement of your objectives (e.g increased sales, web traffic, improved reputation, excellent customer service, better brand awareness, staff retention etc).
  • How the organisation identifies individuals and business training needs and develops skills.
  • How the organisation uses data to support key processes and manage performance.
  • Design and delivery methods for the organisation's training and development programme.

Judging Criteria for Growth Award

Sponsor: Development Bank of Wales

Through the maximization of the opportunities available to them, entrants must be able to demonstrate their business growth within the competitive marketplace in which they operate.                                       

Can you show significant development in one or more of the following areas? Training, Marketing, People Development, E-commerce, International Trade. Then enter the Business Growth Award.                                         

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • Profitable growth of the business                           
  • Hard, tangible evidence of commercial success; effective financial controls will be important to the success of the business as will customer-focused marketing strategies                           
  • A written business plan with strategy and vision for the next 3-5 years; and clearly defined objectives that will shape the organisation’s growth & development                           
  • Strong leadership and management with the ability to drive the business forward             
  • Understanding of the market and mechanisms to respond to change                                
  • Funding mechanisms and investment plans for the business                                   
  • Organisational culture which encourages employee development, creativity and empowerment 
  • Evidence of sustained growth over the last 12 - 18 months in one or more of the areas listed.  This can include established businesses that have suffered downturn and have implemented recovery programmes.     

Judging Criteria for Start up Business Award

Sponsor: The County Times

Open to all companies which have been trading for less than 2 years at time of application.

Entrants must be able to show how their business has progressed in line with their business plan. Success will be proven by the business and its employees having a clear understanding of their products, competitors and the marketplace in which the business operates. Existing business under new management are ineligible in this category.                                       

The judges will be looking for evidence that you:                              

  • Can convey clearly your business idea and start up process, giving evidence of a well researched business plan and forecasts for business performance                                    
  • Are delivering on – and exceeding – your original business plan and can produce evidence of a forward order book.         
  • Display a clearly defined vision for developing and growing the business in terms of both turnover and employment, including a strategy for staff development                           
  • Have a strong focus on the needs of the customer through effective marketing strategies and attention to customer feedback                          
  • Have suitable financial controls in place to monitor progress and control cash flow.                         

Judging Criteria for Micro Business (Under 10 Employees) Award

Sponsor: The Cambrian News & Brecon & Radnor Express

Open to all companies of less than 10 employees (Full Time Equivalents).  Successful entrants will need to show excellent and outstanding achievement in all aspects of their organisation.  The judges will be looking for strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision.                                      

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • A sound business plan and Sales and Marketing strategy                           
  • Strong leadership with the ability to drive the business forward                              
  • A Commitment to Staff development & Training                                 
  • Innovation & ambition                         
  • Strong financial performance                                         

Judging Criteria for Small Business (Under 30 Employees) Award

Sponsor: Mid Wales Manufacturing Group

Open to all companies of less than 30 employees (Full Time Equvalents).  Successful entrants will need to show excellent and outstanding achievement in all aspects of their organisation.  The judges will be looking for strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision.                                      

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • A sound business plan and Sales and Marketing strategy                           
  • Strong leadership with the ability to drive the business forward                              
  • Environmental awareness and a commitment to the community       
  • A Commitment to Staff development & Training                                 
  • Innovation & ambition                         
  • All leading to a strong financial performance                        

Judging Criteria for International Trade Award

Sponsor: Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

Open to All Companies.  Entrants must be able to demonstrate outstanding and sustainable performance in International markets.                                                                      

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • Export growth achieved and the ability to sustain that growth                                 
  • Value and contribution of exporting to business expansion                         
  • A sound financial base stemming from an outstanding profit performance                          
  • Sufficient capital and other resources to sustain the export activities over time                              
  • Job creation as a result of the exporting activity.                              

Judging Criteria for Small Business Growth Award

Sponsor: Myrick Training

Open to all companies with an annual turnover under 250,000 GBP. 

Through the maximization of the opportunities available to them, entrants must be able to demonstrate their business growth within the competitive marketplace in which they operate.                                                                        

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • Profitable growth of the business                           
  • Tangible evidence of commercial success; effective financial controls will be important to the success of the business as will customer-focused marketing strategies                           
  • A written business plan with strategy and vision for the next 3-5 years; and clearly defined objectives that will shape the organisation’s growth & development                           
  • Strong leadership and management with the ability to drive the business forward             
  • Understanding of the market and mechanisms to respond to change                                
  • Funding mechanisms and investment plans for the business                                   
  • Evidence of sustained growth over the last 12 - 18 months in one or more of the areas listed.  This can include established businesses that have suffered downturn and have implemented recovery programmes.  

Judging Criteria for Excellence in Leadership & Management Award

Sponsor: Nidec Control Techniques

 Open to all companies who have invested in their people to strengthen leadership capability at every level of the organisation and ensure people are inspired and driven to achieve their potential.

The Judges are looking for evidence of:       

  • Leaders have motivated others to achieve their full potential.
  • How Leadership & Management have been developed e.g training initiatives, culture, mentoring.
  • Investment in Leadership & Management has obtained results e.g overcoming challenges, maximising opportunities.
  • Clear Business ambition and commitment to continuous improvement.

Judging Criteria for Entrepreneurship Award

Sponsor: Welsh Government

Judges will be looking to give this award to an individual who has demonstrated enterprise, vision, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit either in setting up a successful new small business or successfully developing an existing business or social enterprise.                                         

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • Innovation, ambition and clarity of vision                               
  • Strong leadership with the ability to drive the business forward and solve day to day business problems                        
  • A robust business plan based on sound research                           
  • A Sales and Marketing strategy which addresses the need for growth                              
  • A promising financial performance                           

Judging Criteria for Best Tourism Business Award

Sponsor: NPTC Group

Open to all tourism based businesses in Powys.                                        

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • Evidence of business Growth and profitability.                             
  • Commitment to staff development and investment in training.
  • Creating Employment                          
  • Evidence of customer feedback detailing satisfaction with the service/ facilities on offer.                            
  • Commitment to sustainability and promoting tourism in the region.            

Judging Criteria for Technology & Innovation Award

Sponsor: Trax JH ltd

This award is aimed at companies that can demonstrate how they are using technology and innovation to keep them at the cutting edge.                                   

The Judges are looking for evidence of:                               

  • Successful Innovation in the business.                              
  • Problem solving skills, research & development.
  • Implementation within the business.                         
  • Commercial relevance and actual or projected success.                             
  • Knowledge of how new technology can deliver a competitive advantage.
  • A determination to strive for continued success by pushing the boundaries.            

Judging Criteria for Mentor of the Year in Hospitality & Lifestyle Award

Sponsor: Cambrian Training Company

This award is open to companies in the Hospitality & Lifestyle industry, companies may nominate individual employees.  Lifestyle industry includes  Beauty & Hairdressing, Forensic Science, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Services, Confectionery, Health and Social Care, Child Care, Coach/Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Health and Life Sciences.   

The Judges will be looking for evidence that the Mentor is:                               

  • Knowledgeable & Compassionate.                          
  • Committed to helping their mentee/s to succeed and develop their abilities.
  • Demonstrate Integrity, set and excellent example and have credibility within the sector.                       
  • An effective communicator.                                 

In additional to the above awards, the Judging Panel have a discretionary Award called the Judges Award which is made each year to recognise some outstanding achievement or person that has come to the judge's attention during their visits and which the strict criteria for the other awards does not recognise.  Secondly from the Category Winners the overall Award for Powys Business Awards Business of the Year is made.