Please read the description of the category and the criteria carefully. There is no limit to the number of categories you may enter, but there is a limit of three entries per organisation per category.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the man or woman, currently living in Wiltshire, who has made the most significant contribution to the county during their lifetime. The judges will be looking for the most distinguished service or remarkable achievements displayed over a period of time.
This category is kindly sponsored by Smith & Williamson.
Young Sports Personality of the Year
This award will be presented to an individual, professional or amateur, in any recognised sport who has made the most significant contribution to sport as a result of individual or team achievement. Additional merit will be awarded where sport has been used in a community sense or to place Wiltshire on a national/international platform. The nominee must be 25 or younger on the closing date for entries.
This category is kindly sponsored by Wasps.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This award will be given to the person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the business community in the county, and is aged 25 years or under at the time of entries closing. Is there someone in your local community who is achieving great results early in his or her career? Do you know a young person who has started his or her own business? Young people are the future of our county. Let’s offer them the support they deserve.
This category is kindly sponsored by Furniturebox
Carer of the Year
This is a prestigious award for a voluntary carer. Those eligible include friends and relatives (including children) who care for someone or a group of people. Many carers are heroes to the people they help, whether in a big or small way; sometimes the little details all add up to make one special person. They all deserve recognition.
[Please note: doctors, nurses, care workers who go above and beyond the call of duty should be nominated for the Local Hero of the Year Award]
Teacher/Coach of the Year
This new award will be given to the teacher or coach who goes the extra mile in ensuring that teams and individuals get the support they need to flourish. Be it in a school setting or an extra-curricular one, a sports club, athletics club, a drama or dance school, we are looking for someone who has a passion for what they do and puts the people or team they are coaching at the centre of their work. If you are or know a teacher of coach that puts the fun into fractions or a coach that cares, we want to hear from you!
Local Hero of the Year
This new award is seeking nominations from all parts of the county for this broad category that looks to recognise and reward an unsung community hero. Nominees might be the linchpin of the local community, working to ensure we all receive a good service, whether milkman, postman or community policeman. Nominees may be working for the government, a private company or a charity. Or they may simply be volunteers. Th e main criteria is that they are held in the highest esteem in their community and provide a service that is invariably understated but essential to.
This category is kindly sponsored by Warminster School.
Countryside Project of the Year
The judges are looking for either a group or an individual, delivering an environmentally or historically sensitive project, using sustainable methods to achieve success. The group or individual must practically be engaged in enhancing the beautiful, living countryside of Wiltshire, whether that is working on a specific project or initiative to protect the countryside, lakes, rivers or streams of our county. This initiative must have helped ensure that rural Wiltshire continues to be a magnificent place to live, work and enjoy now and for future generations.
Services to the Community Award
This is a new award that will be presented to an individual who has consistently demonstrated their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged people in their local community. The winner will be someone who has made a significant impact on their local community; a force for good with a passion for helping local people who are living in challenging circumstances.
Independent Retailer of the Year, Incorporating Farm/Village Shop
This is a new category for 2020. The judges will be looking for either: an independent retailer, which will be an owner-operated small retailer, usually a single store shop, but with no more than three outlets altogether, with no HQ or centralised management; or a village or farm shop is rooted in the community, serves local ingredients and produce, is run effectively and is ably managed with support from volunteers. The judges will look to for retailer/shop owners who demonstrate business acumen and presentational flair and who delivers a great service to the customers. The winner of this award will command huge loyalty from staff and, will almost certainly, be making a huge contribution to the local community.
Apprentice of the Year
Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular and are now a viable alternative to attending university.
The Apprentice of the Year Award recognises the achievements of apprentices and the contribution they make to the Wiltshire economy and growth. Entrants must demonstrate outstanding commitment to their professional development, and show how they have made a positive difference to their employer by finding ways to grow in their role and help add value to the business. They should have gone above and beyond their normal duties by taking on extra responsibility. Apprentices must also show a career plan for the next three to five years.
This award is open to all levels of Apprenticeships.
Business of the Year
To qualify, businesses must have a turnover of less than £5 million. If yours is a successful and innovative business that has a strong sense of identity, let us know. We are looking for financial success, staff engagement and growth, and a solid, proven and sustainable business plan.
In addition to the 500-word statement, please provide:
· Profit and loss figures for the most recent financial year.
· Testimonials from customers.
Pub of the Year
The local pub is the heart of any community and we are looking for a true local that serves this tradition. The judges would like to see a well-managed public house with a good local following. The pub should offer a good selection of local and national ales, a comprehensive wine list and of course, excellent customer service. Strong community connections and special events would be an advantage.
In addition to the 500-word statement, please provide:
· Details of pub teams/events
· Customer testimonials
· Brief history/CV of your ownership/management of the pub.
Independent Food/Drink Producer of the Year
One of our most sought after awards, this trophy will be presented to the person or organisation who has produced a high quality or unique edible product, whether it is vegetable, meat, fish, dairy or beverage and who has developed strategies to market and sell his/her produce throughout the county and beyond. We are looking for evidence of locally sourced ingredients, excellent customer service and strong community engagement.
Please note: we will require samples of your products for the judging day. You will be contacted with instructions once nominations are closed.
Farm/Village Shop of the Year
What makes a very good village or farm shop? If your village or farm shop is rooted in the community, serves local ingredients and produce, is run effectively and is ably managed with support from volunteers, we would like to hear from you.
Community Group of the Year
Community groups that make a worthwhile difference to the lives of Wiltshire residents are in the running for this award. Whether they working with the police to make a community a safer place; or with schools or the elderly; or raising funds for a local cause. The judges are looking for the group that is at the very heart of its community.
The Arts, Culture & Music Award
As most of the county is part of an outstanding area of natural beauty, home to world famous landmarks and a wide array of wildlife, it's easy to see why Wiltshire has for centuries been the inspiration for the arts. The county is still home to many sculptors, artists, photographers, musicians and crafts experts, and Wiltshire Life would like to recognise the best of them. Open to individuals and groups, this award will be looking at excellence in the arts.
In addition to the 500 word statement, please provide:
Photographs of artwork (if applicable)
Video/sound clips of performances (if applicable)
Pride of Wiltshire Award (not open for general entry)
The Pride of Wiltshire Award is a special award presented to the organisation that Wiltshire Life and the judging panel are proud to have located in the county. The organisation will have made a significant contribution to the county over a period of time and will continue to be an asset to the community for many years to come. Winners will enter a Wiltshire Life 'Hall of Fame', of which the inaugural winners were Walter Rose & Sons, in Devizes, followed by Salisbury Cathedral in 2015, Celebrate Voice in 2017 and The Wiltshire Emergency Services in 2019.