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Entries now open – Friday 18th January

Entries now open for The Taunton Deane Business Awards!
The fourth Taunton Deane Business Awards open for applications this Friday the 18th January at 9am, and this year businesses have even more opportunity to be short-listed and win an award.

2019 Taunton Deane Business Awards Categories Announced

Over 60 companies booked to attend the Launch of the 2019 Taunton Deane Business Awards on Thursday the 6th December at Retro in East Street.

Alongside information on the process of the awards, critical dates and sponsorship announcements, the organisers of the awards, White Knight Marketing, announced the new category, that of Taunton Deane Business of the Year – sponsored by Summerfield Developments.

This new category offers companies, who believe they hold the winning edge, a chance to prove that they can demonstrate that they have entrepreneurial flair, strong leadership, and what it takes to be leaders in their chosen industry or sector.

“This is an exciting category for businesses in this area and because it we anticipate it being so popular we have opened up the criteria for entry for this award only. To date we accepted 2 applications from each business allowing them to enter two different awards, but with this one, and this one alone, we will be allowing businesses to send in a third application to be considered for the Taunton Deane Business of the Year.” Pam Knight, one of the event organisers explains.

“We have been incredibly lucky in securing sponsorship for all ten awards in record time this year and our major event sponsors, PFK Francis Clark and Taunton Deane Borough Council have once again put their hands in their pockets to support Taunton Deane businesses. Even now there is a palpable buzz around the event that exceeds previous years and we have a month before entries are open.”

Applications can be sent in from January 18th when the forms will be made live on Award categories are already on the site.

TDBC Confirmed as award sponsor for TDBA19!

Taunton Deane Borough Council have supported the awards since inception and we are thrilled to have them on board again this year!

Granny Gothards gets a mention at Prime Minister’s Questions!

Rebecca asked the Prime Minister, during Prime Minister’s Questions, to join her in congratulating winner of two Taunton Deane Business Awards this year; Granny Gothards for their growing success in export at a time when the Country is looking to generate trade contracts with other Countries.

Latest Interview with Tone FM

Organiser and Sponsor White Knight Marketing‘s Pam Knight popped along to Tone FM last week to have a chat with compare of our awards evening Darren Daley.

Learn all about our evening event:


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Guest Blog from PKF Francis Clark

What makes a good application?

Are you ready to celebrate your success?

The Taunton Deane Business Awards are showcasing successful businesses throughout Taunton Deane, with ten categories to choose from! We, PKF Francis Clark, are proud to once again be a main sponsor of the awards.

To enter is simple.  Visit the website, select your category, fill out the application form with your story, and submit it.

As a judge and a sponsor, we have compiled a list of five key considerations to help you complete your application:

  1. Have a plan – Think about the application carefully before committing anything to paper.
  2. Keep it relevant – Show in your application why you feel your business is worthy of winning the category that you are entering – in particular, what differentiates you from your competition?
  3. Make your visions clear – Can you demonstrate how you are aiming to achieve your goal? Is it sustainable?
  4. Make it factual – Consider using case-studies and supporting evidence to support you application.
  5. Seize the opportunity – When preparing the application, put yourself in the shoes of the judging panel whose job it is to shortlist for interview.  What makes your application stand out from the others?   You have one chance to make a first impression – use it wisely!

Entries must be received before the closing date of 30 March 2018 at 5pm.

Martin Lock

Good luck!

Written by Martin Lock – Partner at PKF Francis Clark

Why Enter? We’ll never win!

Every business has its own set of strengths to celebrate and, funnily enough, many businesses have told us that they never realised just how many they had until they sat down and listed them, whilst writing their award application.
We all get so bogged down with the day to day running of the business; fretting about work, too little, too much. We rarely sit down and take an outside-in look at our companies.

Guest blog from Viridor

Sustainable cities and communities

By Stephanie Rooke, Sustainability Advisor, Pennon PlcSustainable Cities

Viridor’s goal is to provide investment and a positive contribution to our communities. Community engagement plays a key part in helping us to achieve our goal and contribute towards the UN sustainable development goals.

Viridor was proud to be the Taunton Deane Business Award (TDBA) winner of the ‘CSR Award 2017’ for our community partnership with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and is delighted to be sponsoring the Community Engagement Award this year.
The Community Engagement Award gives businesses an opportunity to think outside of the work they do on a day-to-day basis within their company and to look at how their company engages with the Taunton Deane Community to give added value.

As one of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, with roots in Taunton, our support for this award reflects the importance of making a positive contribution to the local community.  Community engagement is a vital part of what we do and drives our performance.

Viridor sponsors local community sport clubs, including Somerset County Cricket Club, the Taunton Football Stadium, and supports events such as Somerfest and Taunton Christmas Fest Live. The company donates £50,000 a year to local charities and community groups to support sustainable and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related community projects. Over the last few years, Viridor supported the Taunton Muskets BaseBall Club, Rotary club of Taunton’s charity golf day, Taunton Festival of the Arts, the creation of an environmental garden at Blackbrook Primary School and Heathfield School’s Swift bird box project. Staff also take part in local charity fundraising events in Taunton including the Dragon Boat Race for Headway Somerset.

Viridor has partnered with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and worked together on Taunton’s very first urban wildlife project the ‘Routes to the River Tone’. Viridor employees have volunteered with the Trust to improve Children’s Wood, an unloved green space near our headquarters. Our employees have undertaken litter picks and habitat management, including willow pollarding, coppicing and installing bat and bird boxes in the wood. Viridor, in partnership with the Trust, has also introduced three wild walks which encourage our employees, neighbouring businesses and the general public to get outdoors and connect with the natural environment and their local green space, improving both their physical and mental health.

See our Sustainability Report 2017 for more information about our work within the community
The awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of other local businesses and we’re proud to support and be part of it.