Award Application

"Small Business" Award

Please read the guidance notes below before answering the questions in the application form.

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Guidance Notes for Completing Your Application

Read the eligibility criteria carefully to make sure that you can apply for a category. You will find this on the online application form.

Read all the questions carefully.

There are no word limits on the questions, so you can write as much or as little as you want. But keep your submission concise and only include relevant information that directly supports your entry.


It is not a grammar test – don’t worry about how good your writing skills are – just concentrate on getting your points across.

Use bullet points if that makes it easier for you.

Try not to use jargon – the judges may not know what it means.

Use examples to demonstrate your claims. The use of relevant statistics can also help to highlight your achievements.

The judges are looking for evidence of your passion and enthusiasm, as well as your financial or operational or technical achievements.

Get someone else to read the application before you submit it to make sure you haven’t missed any relevant points.

Don't leave it to the last minute to start your application.

Don’t assume that you cannot win because other companies will have a stronger application than you. Trust yourself, be confident and apply.

You have nothing to lose.

Application

This Award is open to any company based in Fife with ten or less employees that has been trading for more than two years and can demonstrate it has delivered performance achievements and improvements in the last two years.

This Award is not open to a sole trader (a separate Award is available for this type of business) or to firms employing more than ten employees (for which there are separate Awards). It is not open to businesses that have been trading for less than two years (for which there is also a separate Award).

Tell us about your company

Tell us why you should win

Your online application should show that you have a strong business plan with clear operational and financial objectives and ambitious performance goals that you have achieved or exceeded. You will demonstrate what measures you have introduced that have strengthened the business, improving its current operational and financial performance, and its prospects. You will show that you have a viable plan for further growth.

With that in mind, tell us why you should win the Small Business Award.

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