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Business Achievement Awards

Business Achievement Awards 2017

At the University of Wolverhampton, we were proud to host our third Business Achievement Awards (BAAs) on Wednesday 26 April at the Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton.

High-climbing businesses, organisations and big achievers were all part of the celebrations at this prestigious event.

The bi-annual awards, hosted by the University, provide the opportunity to acknowledge both individuals and organisations that have demonstrated business excellence in a number of categories from business collaborations and partnerships, to graduate employment support and graduate start-ups.

Nominations were received in March for the graduates, organisations, employers, alumni and graduate start-ups deserving of recognition for their contribution to business, enterprise and the economy. A carefully chosen judging panel, made up of high-profile representatives from within the regional business community as well as representation from within the University’s senior leadership selected the winners, with the exception of the Graduate Start-up of the Year. This award was voted for by the audience on the night from three shortlisted companies selected by the judges, with the winner taking away a well-deserved prize of £3000 capital investment in their business. 

Congratulations to all of the winners and shortlisted finalists.

 

This year's award categories and winners were:

2017 Award Categories

2017 Winners

Graduate Employee of the Year

Rueben Caesar

Graduate Employer of the Year

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Graduate Start-up of the Year

dAudio Music Group

Academic Expert of the Year

Professor Mark Stanford

Business Collaboration of the Year

Morgan Motor Company

Business Leader of the Year

Dr Clive Hickman

Strategic Business Partner of the Year

Santander 

 

A full list of the shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.


For more information on the award categories see the list below:
 


 

Graduate Employee of the Year

This award recognises a recent graduate of the University of Wolverhampton who has made a significant impact within a business or organisation.

Has a University of Wolverhampton graduate had a huge impact on your business? Have their graduate level skills and/or knowledge contributed to increased sales, profit or better working processes? Have they implemented a new innovation or way of working within the organisation that has enabled the business to grow, diversify or be more efficient?

Employers are encouraged to nominate employees who can demonstrate a significant impact on a business. The judges are looking for a business to provide details on the level of impact the graduate has had, how this impact has been acheived by the graduate and the measurable results of the impact.

Please note that the award recognises a recent graduate that must have graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in the last three years, so no earlier than 2014.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.

 

 

Graduate Employer of the Year

This award recognises a business or organisation that actively recruits University of Wolverhampton graduates and provides them with relevant work experience, enabling them to utilise their graduate level skills and develop both professionally and personally within the job role.

This is a popular award that acknowledges an employer that has demonstrated a real commitment to supporting graduate employability.

The employer will have actively selected University of Wolverhampton graduate/s and provided opportunities for a rewarding and rounded start in work, allowing graduates to use their graduate level skills and be an appreciated and valued member of staff.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.

 

 

 

Graduate Start-up of the Year

This award celebrates a graduate start-up, created in the last two years, that has successfully gone on to trade and grow.

Are you a University of Wolverhampton graduate who has started a business in the last two years? Has that business gone on to trade successfully, be sustainable and have ambitions for growth?

This award seeks to find new businesses, created by our graduates, who have gone on to be successful, having a positive impact on the local economy. The start-up should also show an ability to grow and be innovative in their field, whilst also being able to provide employment opportunities for the local area.

The winning start-up business will be awarded with £3,000 to be invested to support future growth of the business.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.

 

The winner for this award was selected by the audience from the shortlist on the night of the awards, using an interactive voting system.

 

Academic Expert of the Year

This award recognises an academic partner from the University of Wolverhampton that has made a significant impact through their work and contributed to the success of a business or organisation.

At the University of Wolverhampton we have approximately 1,000 academic experts who work with a number of businesses and organisations throughout the year, to provide expertise and insight to aid business performance, transformational programmes and growth projects.

Has one of our academic members of staff made a significant contribution to your organisation? Have they supported your business to grow or diversify through knowledge transfer or research activities? Then we want to hear from you.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.

 

 

 

Business Collaboration of the Year

This award recognises a business that has shown improvements in business performance and/or competitiveness through its collaboration and partnership-working with the University of Wolverhampton.

The Business Collaboration of the Year award seeks to find an organisation who, through working with the University, has demonstrated a significant increase in business competitiveness. The winner of this award must show how its partnership, whether short or long-term, with the University has enhanced its business performance.

Judges will specifically be looking at how the business collaborated with the University on either knowledge transfer, consultancy and/or research-based projects that have enhanced business performance and made a step change in the organisation.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.

 

 

 

 

Business Leader of the Year

This award recognises an alumnus of the university, who has gone on to make an important contribution to a business, industry or community through innovative leadership.

The judges are looking for an outstanding leader within business and industry, who has graduated from the University.

The winner of this award will be able to demonstrate a rise to a position of leadership and how their leadership skills have enabled them to contribute to an improvement in how business is done within a company, industry or community.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.

 

 

 

Strategic Business Partner of the Year

This award recognises a business or organisation that has worked with the University of Wolverhampton on a number of key projects that support the University to meet its overall goals.

The business or organisation will be a significant partner to the University and be able to show their shared values and commitment to the University's overall strategic aims. They will have had multiple engagements and supported the University to deliver a number of their initiatives.

The business or organisation can be of any size and from any sector. They will be able to outline the programmes and projects they have worked on in partnership with the University, and how their long-term, continuous relationship has enabled the University to meet its strategic vision.

Judges are looking for businesses that may have partnered on some or all of the following joint initiatives: graduate employability, regeneration programmes, global initiatives that support skills and the economy, raising aspirations of the local community, research that has had/is having real life impact and supporting to promote Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

 

The shortlisted finalists can be viewed here.