Award Categories


Small Business of the Year

Recognising excellence within a business or company of fewer than 50 employees (including FTE contractors).


Medium/Large Business of the Year

Recognising excellence within a business or company of more than 50 employees(including FTE contractors).


Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognises the achievement of an individual who has been instrumental to the success of a business.


Employer of the Year

Awarded to the business or company that has an outstanding human resource and staff engagement strategy.

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Student of the Year

Our student of the year award seeks to recognise an exceptional local student (age 16 and over), that has shown exceptional dedication to their studies, and has made a positive impact on other students, the local community, workplace, or other engagements.


Professional Services of the Year

This award will recognise excellence within a professional services company, business or organisation.


Employee of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding employee who has delivered exceptional and sustained business performance over a prolonged period (minimum 12 months).

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Sustainability and Environment Award

This award recognises organisations that can demonstrate a proactive approach to protecting the environment and reducing their carbon footprint.

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Young Employee/Apprentice of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding individual who has been working within a company for more than six months.


Digital Transformation Award

This award recognises companies at the cutting edge of digital design and technologies who are boosting Staffordshire’s growing reputation as a digital hub.


International Trade Award

This award recognises companies who excel in exporting, whether that is one product or service to a single overseas customer, or a range of products or services to the global market.


Manufacturer of the Year

Staffordshire has long been recognised for its manufacturing history, and this award will go to a business or company that has excelled in this sector over the past three years.


Online Business of the Year

This category for 2023 aims to shine a light on businesses who have taken an innovative approach to their online business platforms.


Most Promising New Start-Up Business

Celebrating a new business or company that has started within the past three years (incorporated after January 2020).

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Science, Technology and Innovation Award

Awarded to a company that has utilised science, technology or innovation over the past three years to enhance an aspect of business performance.

We are staffordshire award

Staffordshire Ambassador of the Year

This year we are delighted to be partnering with We Are Staffordshire, who are again hosting their own category: ‘Staffordshire Ambassador of the Year’, with the winner to be chosen by you, our Chamber members, businesses and supporters!

Five passionate Staffordshire Ambassadors have been shortlisted from the 170+ strong Ambassador Network in recognition of their ongoing passion, commitment and dedication to promoting Staffordshire both inside the county and beyond our borders – helping We Are Staffordshire to raise the profile of the county and really put our county on the map! Simply download/read the nomination notes here and make your choice on We Are Staffordshire’s nomination form. If you have any issues accessing the form, or any questions, please get in touch. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in July!

This year we are also grateful for the support of our partner We Are Staffordshire, theme sponsor Keele University, pre-dinner drinks sponsor Stoke-on-Trent College and pre-award drinks sponsor Lexus Stoke and Finest.

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