The Assembly Rooms, 27 February 2020

Categories

It's completely free to nominate your company or organisation, and you can enter as many categories as are relevant. The Platinum Award is given to the Judges' choice of the overall Winner of Winners on the night. 

See this year’s categories and past Winners below…

Companies, partnerships and organisations may enter multiple categories.
Please see our Top Tips on writing a winning nomination.

Bear in mind that our judges are guided to assess nominations on these lines:

Evidence of excellence in the year 30%
Quality of Nomination 20%
Civic/Charity/Ecological 15%
Distinctiveness of offering 15%
Client/customer relationships 15%
and Testimonials 5%

Platinum Award

The Platinum Award is given to the crème de la crème, stand-out best category winner on the night chosen by our judges. They’ll be looking for a company that has had demonstrated a stellar year with serious impact on the city. That could be through recruitment, awareness raising activity, contribution to local causes and the community or the economy.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Team Bath
2018 Winner: Rocketmakers
2017 Winner: Kaleidoscope Collection

Arts

From crafts, plays, music, paintings, dance and galleries – Arts make the city so unique, benefitting residents and attracting visitors. Tell us what makes your organisation stand out, showcase and share the creativity of Bath.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Bath International Comedy Festival in partnership with Visit Bath
2018 Winner: Killer Theatre
2017 Winner: 44AD Artspace

Bar

From the Big Night Out to a drink after work, bars are an important part of this city. We welcome nominations for this category from cocktail bars, wine bars, craft beer venues and pubs.

Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue and what new initiatives have worked well.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Circo Bar
2018 Winner: The Hideout
2017 Winner: Sub 13

Business Services

The Business Services category is for all companies with a specific B2B offering, selling your goods or services to other businesses. This could be technical support, people-based, catering, a particular item or product-based service.(Please note: there is a separate category for Legal and Financial companies.)

Judges will be looking for demonstrations of the efficiency and effectiveness, repeat business and recommendations, growth and/or positive results in the past year and what makes your service a cut above the rest.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Taste of Bath
2018 Winner: SoVision IT
2017 Winner: SearchStar

Cafe

We want to hear all about the finest cafés, coffee shops, tea shops and delis. Whether great for coffee, cake, brunch, lunch or simply hanging out, what makes your place special?

Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals, and give a memorable experience to visitors.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Castle Farm Café
2018 Winner: The Green Bird Café
2017 Winner: Comins Tea

Charity

The Charity category is open to all local independent registered charities. Nominate your organisation to showcase your cause and the great contribution it makes locally.

The Judges will not be judging based on the value or personal attachment to a particular cause, but how well the charity serves it. Share fundraising success, what this has meant to your charity and how you have delivered this in the past year.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Bath City Farm/Southside Family Project
2018 Winner: Mentoring Plus
2017 Winner: Jamie’s Farm

Civic

The Civic Award highlights the contribution of an organisation or company which has improved Bath this year. Some new initiative which makes our city better or commitment to helping develop others, or notable charitable work. This is open to ANY company in Bath.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Eddies Street Cuts

Creative

This category is for any creative organisation from marketing/PR agencies, publishers, web designers, designers, TV film and video companies, photographers and makers – and so-oh much more! We want to hear about your success in the past year, new clients, big contracts or work you’re particularly proud of and how you did it. This city is full of creativity and this is your opportunity to write the best pitch ever…

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Mytton Williams
2018 Winner: De Fossard
2017 Winner: Bath Cake Company / Mytton Williams

Education

The Education category is for any teaching establishments (schools, classes, colleges and universities) or education-focused organisations (edtech, coaching, courses).

The Judges will be looking for ways you have achieved success with your students in the past year. Have you taught in an innovative way? Any practises that have been particularly effective? Any ways you have used your educated community to impact Bath in a bigger way?

Think you could come top of your class? Imagine winning!

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Fun Science
2018 Winner: DoodleMaths
2017 Winner: King Edward’s School

Environmental

The Environmental category is open to any Bath company or organisation which has achieved something significant environmentally.
Do you have a new or enhanced environmental initiative? What practises make your organisation stand out? How are you making your business or organisation lean and green now and for future generations?

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Freshford Church School
2018 Winner: Cumberwell Park

Event

From festivals, to community, to sporting, to corporate and all in between, events make a huge impact on the culture of a city – share your event successes and you could win this category. This can be an individual event or a series and the judges are looking for overall impact on attendees, success of the past event and measure of this as well as how well executed it was.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Bath Festivals
2018 Winner: Bath Carnival
2017 Winner: Bath Christmas Market

Foodie Pub

This Award will be given to a place that serves great quality food and drink, supported by amazing service and a comfortable vibe, all within a relaxed pub atmosphere.

Share with the judges what has made the past year successful for your venue, what new initiatives have worked well, how you attract repeat custom from locals, and give a memorable experience to new visitors.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Marlborough Tavern
2018 Winner: Timbrell’s Yard
2017 Winner: The Longs Arms

Hair & Beauty

The Hair & Beauty category is open to all beauty and hair salons in the area. Tell us about your great successes and client feedback, and you could be an Award winner! For your entry share how your business has thrived in the past year, how you have attracted new clients and retained existing ones – what makes them come back? What makes your offering stand out and why has it worked?

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Broad Street Studio
2018 Winner: David Maxwell
2017 Winner: Zara Perry

Health & Wellbeing

This category is for any organisation which helps the community improve its health and wellbeing. This could be anything from nutrition, fitness classes or groups, healthcare, dentists, opticians, doctors, surgeries, health clubs and more! Share your results and successes by nominating in this category.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Team Bath
2018 Winner: Bath Rugby Foundation
2017 Winner: Yogadoo

Homes & Interiors

The Home & Interiors category is for any business that designs, decorates, furnishes or refurbishes a commercial or private property. Stand-out year, with significant, successful projects..? You could soon be furnished with one of our splendid Awards!

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Sims Hilditch
2018 Winner: Forest to Home
2017 Winner: Hawker Joinery

Leisure & Tourism

This category is all about enjoyment in the city: venues, accommodation, activities or visitor attractions, whether for tourists, residents or both. The Judges will discuss: How does your offering make Bath better? How have your visitor statistics improved in the past year? Did visitors have a great time and can you share their feedback?

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
2018 Winner: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
2017 Winner: Kaleidoscope Collection

New Business

The New Business category is for absolutely any business which has started in the city after 1 July 2018. Nominate your new business, celebrate your success, raise your profile – and you could win an Award!
The Judges are looking for a business that’s a potential star of tomorrow, what gap in the market does it fill? How have customers responded? What positive indicators have there been in the past 12 months?

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: MH Tyre Services
2018 Winner: Apex City of Bath Hotel
2017 Winner: Electric Bear Brewing

Property

If you’re making a big difference to the property sector locally, this one’s for you. From estate agents and letting agents to developers, architects, construction/building companies and surveyors, tell our judges about your success in shaping Baths thriving built environment and how we use it.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: Aaron Evans Architects
2018 Winner: Mulberry Park
2017 Winner: Kersfield

Restaurant

With so many excellent local eateries to choose from, what makes your restaurant stand out from the crowd? This award is for establishments from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants and anything in between.

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: The Scallop Shell
2018 Winner: Menu Gordon Jones
2017 Winner: Corkage

Retailer

This Award is for both offline and online retailers that are based in the city, If your store has had a great year of trading and customer satisfaction, nominate it for a Bath Life Award which you could soon have to display in your shop window…

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: The Italian Food Hall
2018 Winner: Moss of Bath
2017 Winner: Graham and Green

Technology & Innovation

This Award is open to all companies centred on tech and innovation:  developers, fintech, biotech, healthtech, app builders, product development, online platforms, designers, tech retailers. Digital focus? Nominate!

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Previous Winners

2019 Winner: TrueSpeed
2018 Winner: Rocketmakers
2017 Winner: Doodlemaths