The Wakefield Business Awards Categories 2023

Business Growth Success Story

Sponsored by ActionCOACH Wakefield

Small and Medium businesses are the engine of British business and many are growing despite economic conditions and the changes to international trade. Has your business grown despite all the challenges of the past few years? Whatever the size of your organisation – whether it’s run from your spare room or you have offices and hundreds of staff – if you have beaten the odds to deliver growth, we want to know what has made you so successful.


Collaboration of the Year

Sponsored by Thornton Jones Solicitors

Have you successfully worked with other businesses from the Wakefield district to create an amazing collaboration? How have you added value to one another’s offer, or how have you helped a local business to even more success? This award will recognise the ways in which we are more than the sum of our parts. Tell us about how the collaboration came about, and how both/all parties have benefitted.


Creative Business of the Year

Sponsored by Tileyard North 

The Wakefield district has a well-deserved reputation for being a creative hub, being home to a diverse range of businesses which fall into that sector. If your business is a creative one and you’ve done amazing things, use this category to tell us all about it. From gaming companies to music schools, creative agencies to copywriters, through to artists and artesans, we want to showcase the wide range of incredible creative talent Wakefield has to offer.


Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Trinity Walk

Do you employ an absolute star? Can you not imagine what it would be like without them? Have they done amazing things to help the business stay on course, grow, or even offer new products or services? You don’t have to tell us about flashy achievements – unless you have these kinds of examples. Just tell us how your employee is indispensible, and quantify the difference they’ve made to your business. We will not accept self-nominations for this category – the nomination MUST be submitted by the EMPLOYER not the employee.


Independent Retail or Hospitality Business of the Year

Sponsored by Experience Wakefield 

As large chains pull out of our high streets, towns and city centres, independent retail and hospitality has a crucial role to play in keeping communities alive. Whether you run a market stall, a pub, coffee shop, gallery or gift shop, we want to hear from you if you’re independently owned. Tell us all about how you curate your menu or stock to appeal to your customers and what you’ve done to keep people coming back and shopping local.


New Business of the Year

Sponsored by RV2 Power Ltd

Few things are as tough as starting a new business. Open to people and companies set up since 16 September 2020, we want to know your story of success. Where did you get your business idea? What’s different about what you do, or how you do it? What does the future hold for your fledgling business? Excite the judges with insight into your amazing new business and help us showcase the fabulous talent our district has to offer.


Not-for-profit/Charity of the Year

Sponsored by Quest Waste Management

We need our third sector more than ever as issues with the cost of living still have us firmly in their grasp. Not for profit organisations fulfil an incredible need, supporting the most vulnerable and providing essential as well as enriching services. If your organisation is voluntary, not for profit or a registered charity, this is the category for you. THIS CATEGORY IS FREE TO ENTER.


Outstanding Community Engagement

Sponsored by Prosper Wakefield District

This award will celebrate organisations which develop strong relationships with their communities. Tell us how you’ve identified the right people to engage with or activities to undertake, how you’ve built those strong bonds, and what difference that’s made for everyone involved. Whether you’re a small charity supporting local people, or a business with a strong CSR program, we want to hear your success stories.


Small Business, Big Impact – Supply Chain Hero

Sponsored by Awards Writers 

Does your small business (fewer than 250 employees) work with huge brands, PLCs or international organisations? SMEs play a critical role in the supply chain of larger organisations, providing specialist skills, expertise or products that they couldn’t function without. This is your chance to showcase – confidentially of course – the incredible client list you have, even if your business looks from the outside like it’s just a few people in a small office.


Thinking Sustainability

Sponsored by Elis

With climate emergencies declared by councils across the UK, including here in Wakefield, running a business with respect for the environment has never been more important. How have you developed sustainable business practices? Has thinking sustainably become integrated into your business model and what benefits has that created? We’re looking for examples to show others how you can be both successful in business and operate sustainably.


Wakefield Business of the Year 2023

Sponsored by HGF Limited

Is your business a cracker? Are you bursting with pride at what amazing things you do and want to tell the world (well, all of Wakefield at least)? If so, this is the category for you. However you define your greatness, judges will be looking for evidence to match the story. You could have won amazing new clients, opened new locations, taken on new people, or had an incredible year for any other reason. Make sure the judges know why this is your year!


Wakefield District Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Community Foundation:Wakefield District 

Are you a truly outstanding employer? Have you listened to your people and created terms, conditions and an environment which truly helps them to thrive? Are you inclusive, flexible and understanding that people can’t totally switch off what’s going on at home when they come to work? Show us why you are head and shoulders above the rest and should be named employer of the year.


We Are Wakefield Member of the Year

Sponsored by Myerscough Developments Ltd

Open exclusively to We Are Wakefield members, this category will be judged across all entries received in the above categories and gives all We Are Wakefield entrants the chance to further celebrate their achievements. Maybe you’ve created growth during tough economic times, or turned around a struggling organisation. Whatever your story of triumph, you will be entered into this category with the chance of being named Member of the Year.

The Wakefield Business Awards is now closed for entries.

Finalists will be announced week commencing 11th September.

Finalists will need to be available to attend a short filming session on either 20/21/22 September at Production Haus, Castleford.