London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Bold and Dynamic - Barking and Dagenham Enterprise

This years Categories

The overall winner is selected from the 9 category winners. You can enter for more than one category, but each entry must be on a separate online form.

Business of the Year Show/hide

Gold Sponsor: London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

This is the top award. It is open only to the winners of each of the other categories and each winner is automatically considered for the award by the judging panel. You cannot enter this award.

About the sponsor
Barking and Dagenham Council is delighted to sponsor the Business of the Year Award in recognition of the diversity and high quality of the borough’s businesses.

Innovation Show/hide

Gold Sponsor: Bouygues Development and Bouygues UK

For this category entrants should demonstrate how they have managed to successfully introduce new ideas, techniques or technology into their organisation or marketplace. Entries for innovation may take the form of a product, service or process.

What the judges will be looking for:

  • What is the idea, how was it innovative to your business?
  • How was the idea implemented within your business?
  • How has the idea impacted upon your business?
  • About the sponsor
    Bouygues Development is an experienced developer which operates in a number of market sectors in the UK including housing, commercial office space, mixed use developments and major regeneration schemes. Bouygues UK is a leading UK contractor, delivering award winning construction development and regeneration projects to the most exacting standards across public and commercial private sectors.

    Community involvement including social enterprise Show/hide

    Gold Sponsor: West and Coe

    Open to businesses, voluntary and community organisations who have a clear social purpose. You should be a social enterprise or be making an outstanding contribution to the local community by delivering services to local residents or by your work in the wider or global community. Entrants will be measured on their social impact – not on their financial support to organisations.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • Do you have clear social objectives?
  • Can you demonstrate a track record of delivery?
  • What has been the impact within the community of your involvement?
  • About the sponsor
    The family Funeral Directing business of West & Coe was formed in Dagenham in 1903 and is proud to be Dagenham’s oldest business spanning four generations. Throughout the years the company has prided itself on offering the very highest standard of personal caring service. They have won a number of Business Awards, including being past winners of this category.

    Best new business Show/hide

    Gold Sponsor: Barking Enterprise Centre

    Open to all businesses registered in the borough of Barking & Dagenham that have started within the last three years. 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 its specific marketplace.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • When was your business formed
  • Business performance against your business plan, including major obstacles overcome and major successes
  • What plan does your business have for the next three years and how do you plan to deliver it?
  • About the sponsor
    Our highly experienced accredited Business Counsellors work with business owners to identify new sources of revenue, streamline operations, develop products and services and access innovative sources of finance. The Centre offers low cost, high quality flexible workspace to rent and is close to Barking Tube & Rail Station.

    Green Business Show/hide

    Bronze Sponsor: Neilcott Construction Ltd

    For a business that can show its products or services contribute to environmental sustainability. Be it a specifically green business supplying eco-friendly products/services or because good environmental practices have been adopted which have improved or will improve the local or global environment.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • Examples of green best practices
  • Business benefits of your environmental products or actions
  • Evidence of positive sustainable impact where possible
  • About the sponsor
    Neilcott specialise in the design, construction, alteration, refurbishment and maintenance of properties within the public and private sectors. We have an enviable track record of successfully meeting the key requirements of every construction project. This can only be achieved by teams who have a wealth of experience and customer focus.

    Business person of the year award Show/hide

    Bronze Sponsor: Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce supported by The UK Bravo Group and RBS

    This category is open to either a business owner or employee who has demonstrated outstanding abilities in running and developing their business.You cannot nominate yourself for this award and must be nominated by someone else.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • The person must be working for, or own a successful business or not-for-profit organisation in the borough.
  • Must be able to show how their role has been instrumental in the growth/success in the company
  • Be well respected by customers and staff of the business
  • About the sponsor
    The Chamber is a membership and not for profit business organisation, providing a breadth of business opportunities to help your business grow. With innovative training, business seminars, networking opportunities, and a broad range of other resources, the Chamber is the first place businesses come to when they need reliable business services, advice and support. Be part of it!

    Growth Business of the Year Show/hide

    Gold Sponsor: Contentive

    Entrants for the growth business category need to demonstrate business growth within their competitive market place.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • How your business fits into your specific marketplace
  • Financial figures year on year (this information will remain confidential)
  • Plans and targets to date
  • Growth targets for the future
  • About the sponsor
    Contentive is a marketing and digital agency operating B2B market-specific websites for senior business executives; Creating premium and engaging content through journalism, film-making and design; Opening new and targeted marketing channels for our customers.

    Supporting Education, Training or Development Show/hide

    Bronze Sponsor: Jerram Falkus

    This award is aimed at employers with excellent education, training or development practices. Entrants should be able to demonstrate how their business supports education, training or development within its workforce. It could be by supporting young people through an apprentice programme; providing work ‘tasters’ or placements, or by offering employment opportunities to people in thelocal community with learning difficulties or disabilities

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • Demonstratiation of company commitment to education, training or development of local young people and/or adults
  • Evidence that training objectives supported the business, and were accomplished
  • How future training and development priorities for the company will benefit local people
  • About the sponsor
    The Jerram Falkus Group is a multi- faceted construction organisation that offers traditional values and experience coupled withmodern, innovative service providing excellence at every stage. We offer this expertise in construction through commercial and industrial, community, healthcare, sports and leisure, residential, heritage, and social housing.

    Customer Service Show/hide

    Bronze Sponsor: The Ice House Quarter

    Given to the company that can best demonstrate that it pays attention to the needs of its customers and works hard to maintain their loyalty. Entrants must show that they deliver high standards of service and have measurable ways of maintaining that service.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • A clear example of excellent customer service
  • How you have identified your customers needs
  • How you demonstrate a commitment to customer service
  • About the sponsor
    The Ice House Quarter is Barking’s new creative industries quarter located along the River Roding. Taking its name from the historic ice houses that were situated near the Granary building the quarter provides affordable studio space, a riverside terrace café and a landscaped creative square to promote and support the development of creative enterprises.

    Sole trader / micro business or e-business Show/hide

    Bronze Sponsor: B&H Building Contractors Ltd

    This category is open to anyone who is running a small business with five employees or fewer. You could be working from home, hot-desking, running an online business, could be a sole trader, market trader or running a small shop. The main criteria is that your business is thriving.

    What the judges will be looking for:

  • Creativity and innovation on limited resources
  • Evidence of achievement and sustainability
  • Clear vision for the future
  • About the sponsor
    B&H Building Contractors provide quality housing and construction services to affordable housing companies. It also provides services to corporate entities looking to develop large scale office property.

    Helpful Information

    Plan ahead

    Read what the judges are looking for carefully. Establish what figures, testimonials and examples you will need as it will take time to gather all the information required. Consider including the whole team as a great way to boost morale.

    Find the right category

    Check each category definition to ensure you are entering the correct one for the age and size of your business. You may enter more than one category.

    Be clear, concise and honest

    The judges are not looking for the perfect business. They are looking for a business which shows evidence of planned and sustainable development. Highlight your strengths, but remember to be honest. The supporting statement should be 750 words maximum.

    Supporting materials

    Supporting materials include case studies, photographs of your business, product samples and/or testimonials from clients. Ensure that these are of a high standard.

    Proof and check

    Have your application checked by a secondary party before submission – they may spot an error or omission. It may be useful to write a rough draft prior to filling out the entry form. If you need help completing your entry click here for contact details.