The Chamber Awards were launched by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in 2004 to recognise and celebrate business excellence through the successes and achievements of its Accredited Chambers of Commerce and their members.

As the only Award scheme open exclusively to members of Accredited Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber Awards offer the chance for businesses across the UK to be recognised on a regional and national level.

Winners of the Chamber Awards 2007, including the grand prize of £50,000, were announced at the Gala Dinner on November 27th 2007 at the Victoria and Albert Museum London.

Get that competitive edge!

The world of commerce is increasingly competitive, due to factors such as e-commerce and ever changing economic climates. As a business in the UK you have to work harder and smarter for success.

As a member of an Accredited Chamber of Commerce you are part of a wider national business network, and the Chamber Awards provide you with the opportunity to gain recognition on a national scale for the hard work and achievements of your business.

Put your business on the map!

Previous winners have experienced year round exposure from the Awards programme including appearances on TV. With the added incentive of winning a £50,000 cash prize for your business, can you afford not to enter?!

The categories for the Chamber Awards 2008 are:


Business of the Year
The Business of the Year award will be given to the company that demonstrates all-round excellence in business. The judging will focus on financial performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, and will look at examples of specific strategies which have driven business growth. If your business achievements are impressive then this award is for you.


Award for Innovation Through Technology
If your business is putting Technology to good use then this is the Award for you. The judging panel are interested in uncovering how technology has made a difference in your business. Split into two categories for small and medium business this Award will reward businesses who make the most of Technology


Most Promising New Business
If your business has been operating for three years or less, why not enter the Most Promising New Business award? Entrants will be asked to provide details of how the company has performed and what its future projections are. You will also be asked to explain the background to the business, the markets it operates in, the business vision and the research that was undertaken when the business was in development. By doing so you could receive the reward you deserve for successfully setting up your business.


Entrepreneur of the Year
This is the award for an individual who has been instrumental in the success of a business. It will take into consideration the overall performance of the business over the last three years, what the entrepreneur believes makes them different, and their vision for the future of the business. So if you stand out from the crowd and think you've got what it takes to be Entrepreneur of the Year, enter now!


Achievement in International Business
Recognising the strength of British Business overseas this new category focuses on International Trade asking for details of research used, challenges identified and how your business has adapted to those challenges. As the global economy becomes increasingly important this is the perfect category to show how you stand out in the International arena.


Award for Excellence in People Development
This Award will be given to the company that demonstrates excellence in its approach to workforce development. Entrants will be asked to demonstrate why workforce development training is important to the organisation, how training needs and skills requirements are assessed, and the direct benefit gained by both individuals and the organisation.


The Green Award
Recognising environmentally friendly British Businesses The Green Award is designed for the company that demonstrates environmental best practice, ethical best practice or sustainable development. Judges are particularly interested in the application of these practices and the impact that these initiatives have had on the company.


Excellence in Customer Service - (NEW)
Recognising companies with a focus on customer service and care As a new category, Excellence in Customer Service has been designed for Businesses who can demonstrate excellence and achievement within the field of customer care and service. Judging criteria will include customer service objectives and strategy, business performance, customer care, staff development plans and how this has driven business growth.

For further information and to download an application form visit www.chamberawards.co.uk