What makes the Pride of Stratford Awards 2018 with Sitel unique, is that it features categories for both local business and the community across Stratford upon Avon District. The categories for nomination are:
Business of the Year
Judges will be looking for a clear business plan and achievement of stated business objectives. An understanding of the market and how the company meets the needs of its customers must be shown (evidence of training and development of the workforce, and then understanding and commitment of staff of all levels towards the business vision, are key criteria). Judges will also take account of a positive commitment to the local community.
Small Business of the Year
For businesses which employ fewer than ten full-time staff. Judges will be looking for a clear business plan and the ability to demonstrate achievement of business objectives. Clear understanding of the market and customers’ needs must be shown.
Town Centre Business of the Year with Stratforward
Open to all shops, restaurants and businesses within Stratford Town Centre. In this category, judges will consider factors such as store layout, customer service level, product availability and quality.
Hospitality Business of the Year - with Crowne Plaza
Judges will be looking for a restaurant, cafe, hotel or B&B which adds value to Stratford upon Avon District and demonstrates that it is a robust business.
Team of the Year
Employers can nominate three or more people who either work together usually, or just for a particular project. Judges will be looking for teams which have made a significant contribution to the business, showing commitment to team working and mutual support and respect.
Customer Care Award - with Shakespeare's England
If you have received outstanding treatment when all you were expecting was hassle, this is the award for you! Judges will be looking for cases where customers are treated with care, courtesy and respect.
Business Person of the Year - with The Chamber of Commerce
The judges will be looking for a business person who shows a genuine entrepreneurial spirit and has contributed to the business community in Stratford upon Avon.
Tourism Initiative of the Year
Our town is reliant upon tourists – and it is important that we recognise the initiatives that bring tourists from around the UK and around the world. Judges will be looking for a tourist attraction that adds value to the district and provides a real reason for tourists to visit. They’ll take into account previous visitor feedback and recommendations when making their decision.
Arts Organisation of the Year
No awards ceremony in Shakespeare’s birthplace would be complete without recognising the rich and diverse arts scene that exists throughout the district. This award is open to all arts organisations, whether profit or non-profit making. Judges will be looking for an organisation that engages with the local community, supports local talent and contributes to the culture of the area.
Artisan Business Award
This award aims to reward the creativity of the skilled crafts and local producers that produce or prepare quality products with a strong emphasis on local sourcing and the contribution made to the long term sustainability of the local community in which they live and run their business. The category is open to all artisan businesses providing locally made or sourced products.
Citizen of the Year
Judges will be looking for individuals whose selfless efforts have left a lasting impression on the lives of others and who have made a significant contribution to improving life in Stratford District.
Carer of the Year
This award is designed to recognise the work of hundreds of carers in Stratford District. Judges will be looking to choose one individual who has gone beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of their role.
Young Achiever of the Year
Judges will be looking for a young person (under 21 years of age) who has contributed significantly to life in Stratford District and who has shown commitment to their local community.
Educator of the Year
This award recognises a person whose teaching, leadership or mentoring has inspired others to achieve more in their education and career. Judges will be looking for either an individual or an organisation that has made a real difference in their students' lives.
Community Impact Award- with Stratford Town Trust
This award recognises the charitable work of either an organisation, individual or group that has made a dramatic impact on the lives of those within Stratford District.
Long Service Volunteer Award- supported by Stratford District Council
This award recognises an individual that has been involved as a Volunteer for upwards of 5 years within the Stratford District Area.
Stratford Pride Award
This special award recognises the work of an individual or organisation that makes an outstanding contribution to life in Stratford District. Judges will be looking for an ambassador to the town whose contribution to our local area improves life for residents and visitors, and whose commitment is outstanding.