The judges have deliberated and decided the following companies should go through to the gala night final
Dakar Cars Ltd
Hands On Group
Marks Demolition Contractors
Parrock Street Dental
Tips and Advice on how to enter the 2012 Business Awards
1) Treat the application as a project so that you can get as many key personnel involved in answering the questions comprehensively and informatively. Plan who will be answering which question and what supporting documentation you would like to add and who will be responsible for submitting this part of the project.
2) Try to keep the application informative but factual with substantiating details to back up the information you relay.
3) Give some information on how the company started and your motivation behind setting it up.
4) Make sure you clearly show what you sell and what sets you apart from the competition.
5) If you have a business plan then share your objectives, goals and expectations with us through your application form.
6) How do you look after your staff? How do you train them? Do you help the local community? If you do, then inform us in your application.
7) Don't be worried about sounding like you are boasting, be proud of your achievements and make the readers of the application aware of everything you do at your company.
8) Pay attention to detail and make sure that the application has been presented logically and in line with the application form questions.
9) The more we know about you and your business the stronger your chances of winning.
10) If time permits, get someone else to re-read the application to ensure it covers everything about you and your company and is good to read.
• A great way to motivate staff and management teams on your corporate achievements and good efforts within the company.
• A great way to gain recognition within the local community.
• A financial gain, should you win.
See what the judges are looking for below
Some hot entry tips from chair of judges, Matt Kear Lloyds TSB.
As the business awards have grown the task of judging has become increasingly difficult due to the high standard of applicants. This I feel is an excellent reflection of the superb businesses we have seen in both boroughs.
You can win these awards
ComputerTel is a Gravesend based telecommunications company specialising in the supply of call recording systems and quality monitoring software.
Celebrating over 20 years in business, we have learnt that going the extra mile for our customers secures strong partnerships that will continue to grow and thrive. ComputerTel offer their customers unrivalled project management and support including excellent customer service, both pre and post sale.
So why did we chose to enter the Dartford and Gravesham Business Awards two years running? The answer is simple; we wanted other people to know who we are, what we can do and how well we can do it.
So why should your company enter the Dartford and Gravesham Business Awards 2011?
Winning an award - or even being a short listed as a finalist -creates awareness of your company and adds credibility. It also gives you an opportunity to contact existing customers with your news and offers integrity to new prospects, not to mention the publicity you will receive in the local media.
As a former entrant and winner of the Dartford and Gravesham Business Awards, we'd like to help you on the way with a couple of tips:
• Treat entering the awards as a proper project and put aside sufficient time to find facts and supporting material
• When filling in your form, try and ensure it is enjoyable reading (remember that the judges will read huge amounts of entries!)
• Don't be shy with your achievements, if you have got big name clients - mention them! If you have got accreditations (Investors in People, ISO etc), remember to mention them as well.
• Mention any staff motivating factors you might have in place (training and incentive schemes). If your company supports a charity or green issues, make sure you mention them as well.
• Lastly, think about what makes your company special and try and convey that in your entry.