Celebrating Pride of Rugby

By IH Friday 11 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 15:08

CELEBRATING Rugby's finest is the aim of a new awards ceremony.

The Pride of Rugby Awards - organised by local radio station Rugby FM - are a unique mix of business and community awards designed to celebrate the best of the town.

Rugby FM’s Chief Executive Steve Orchard said: “It’s our ambition to create an awards ceremony that recognises the people, the community organisations and the businesses that make our town great.

"As Rugby’s local radio station we hear inspirational stories of success all the time – and so we felt compelled to create a platform upon which the most outstanding of those stories can shine.

“We need you to help us find the real ‘Pride of Rugby’. Perhaps it’s a person who goes out of the way to care for a relative or stranger, or maybe your teacher has inspired you to discover a passion for a subject. We have a mix of business and community categories so don’t be shy about putting yourself or someone that you know forward for an award."

Event account manager Jo Billings added: “Whether you’re a business, individual or community organisation, we want to hear from you. The event will be a glittering celebration of everything that makes Rugby such an exciting, vibrant place to live and place to work.”

The awards will be given out at a glittering black-tie event on at the Dunchurch Park Hotel on May 10. Nominations for the business and community award categories are now open and close on March 29. Nominations can be made via www.prideofrugby.com. Self-nomination is encouraged.

For information about sponsorship or buying tickets to the event call Jo Billings on 07824 829642.

The award categories are:

Business Awards

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 Rugby 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 Initiative of the Year - Open to all shops, restaurants and businesses within Rugby town centre. Judges will consider factors such as store layout, customer service level, product availability and quality alongside initiatives which have had a positive impact on the town centre.

Green Business of the Year - The judges will be looking for a business which is truly embracing environmental and sustainable practices to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their impact on the environment. The judges will be looking for evidence of commitment to making green policies central to their company ethos.

Hospitality Business of the Year – sponsored by Dunchurch Park Hotel - Judges will be looking for a restaurant, cafe, hotel or B&B which adds value to Rugby and demonstrates that it is a robust business.

Team of the Year - Employers can nominate three or more people who either regularly work together, 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 - Judges will be looking for cases where customers are treated with care, courtesy and respect.

Business Person of the Year - The judges will be looking for a business person who shows a genuine entrepreneurial spirit and has contributed to the business community in Rugby.

Community Awards

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 Rugby.

Carer of the Year - This award is designed to recognise the work of hundreds of carers in Rugby. Judges will be looking to choose one person who has gone beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of their role.

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.

Young Achiever of the Year - Judges will be looking for a young person (aged under 21) who has contributed significantly to life in Rugby and who has shown commitment to their local community.

Student of the Year - This award recognises a student at a Rugby educational establishment who has made a significant contribution to life on campus, as well as enhancing the establishment’s image within the wider Rugby community.

Rugby Pride Award - This special award recognises the work of an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to life in Rugby. 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.

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