The closing date for all categories is Friday 21 September 2012
Any entries received after this date may not be considered by the judges.
Company of the Year < £10m
Sponsored by ACCA Cymru Wales
This award is to recognise the achievement of the outstanding business performance in recent years. Entry into this category is sought from organisations turning over less than £10million per annum. The company's potential for growth, innovation and commitment to Wales is key to winning this much sought-after award.
New Start up Company of the Year
Sponsored by GoCompare.com
This category is for businesses that have been trading for three years or less. The judges are looking for evidence of an understanding of its market, its aims and objectives, how the company has performed and what its plan are for future growth.
Creative Marketing Award
Sponsored by Orchard Media & Events Group
This category has been created to highlight the importance of successful marketing campaigns to an organisation. Judges will consider the goals and achievements of the campaign, the process of research, planning, implementation and measurement. The finalists will need to demonstrate tangible and specific examples of success.
Sponsored by RWE npower renewables
This award is aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 30,and aims to encourage young people to show that they too, have succeeded in the business community. Although they may not have a multi-million pound budget or years of experience, their contribution to the economy and Welsh business is extremely vital. The aim of the category is to identify inspirational role models within youth culture in Wales.
Best Use of Foreign Languages in Business
Sponsored by CILT Cymru, the National Centre for Languages in Wales
This new category has been created to highlight the importance of foreign language skills in business. The winning company will demonstrate the wide-ranging opportunities that can be accessed with both cultural knowledge and foreign language skills in the workforce and the positive effect these skills have on trade, export and customer service.
Training & Developing staff award
Sponsored by University of Glamorgan Commercial Services
Awarded to a company totally committed to developing company talent through career progression. The judges will consider whether the persistent promotion of training and development of staff has resulted in a positive change to individual and business performance. Training may have taken place through a series of innovative and interactive approaches and with effective use of IT. The winning company will also show their commitment to creating a greater understanding of business and performance.
Go Green Environmental Award
Sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation
This award seeks to recognise environmentally friendly British businesses. The Go Green Award is designed for the company that demonstrates environmental best practice, ethical best practice or sustainable development. Judges are particularly interested in the application of these practices and the impact they have had on the company.
Company of the Year > £10m - key category
Sponsored by Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University
This award recognises the outstanding performance made by a company with its HQ in Wales whose turnover exceeds £10 million per annum. The judges were looking for evidence of a strong knowledge base of past, present and future job creation, the company's endorsement of high technology and future growth prospects. The market performance as well as the company's overall commitment to being based in Wales were also taken into consideration by the judges of this highly acclaimed award.
Entrepreneur of the Year - key category
Sponsored by WeFightAnyClaim.com
To recognise the outstanding achievement of an individual at the forefront of business activity in Wales, who has demonstrated conspicuous entrepreneurship within their business and/or in the wider business community.