Award Application

"Sole Trader" 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.


This Award is open to a sole trader based in Fife, where the business is more than two years old, who can demonstrate notable achievements and successes in the last two years.

You cannot apply for this Award if you have employees working with or for you. If you employ people, you can apply for the Small Business or Medium Business Award. You cannot apply for this Award if you have been trading for less than two years. You can apply for the Young Business Award if your company is less than two years old.

Tell us about your business

Tell us why you should win

Your online application should show that you have a business plan with clear operational and financial objectives. You will demonstrate that you have set ambitious targets that you have achieved or exceeded. You will show that the decisions you have made have strengthened the business. You will show that you have a viable plan for further growth.

With that in mind, tell us why you should win the Sole Trader Award.

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