Author: Cheryl Luzet
It’s been a scorching summer in more ways than one for the team at Wagada. Not only have we been enjoying all the lovely sunshine, but things have also been hotting up in the office too as we’ve just had the fantastic news that we have been confirmed as finalists for our 3rd award nomination of 2016 – wow!
As you may know we’ve already been named as finalists in the Flexible Business of the Year category in the Mumandworking awards, and we’ve been shortlisted in the Social Media category for the Herts Digital Awards too. So we were super excited to make it a hat-trick when we found out that we are finalists in the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards which will take place this Autumn.
Wagada are a St Albans based business and we love working in this wonderful, thriving Hertfordshire city. There’s a fantastic business community here who support each other and we have really enjoyed becoming part of this. The St Albans Chamber is a local hub for networking activity and business advice for companies based in the area. Each year the Chamber look to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses to the community of St Albans District with these awards.
The St Albans Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016 are totally unique in that they’re open to all businesses whose strategy is shown to have a positive impact on the St Albans district. This could be projects which bring specific economic benefits, or it could be socially progressive projects that will help the local community.
The Awards will be judged by an impressive panel from the St Albans Chamber and will include a Chamber Director, specialist judge and sponsor. There will be a host of people with a wealth of business knowledge who are well regarded in the local business community and the wider St Albans area.
The category we’re finalists in is the Business Growth Award category, sponsored by the prestigious University of Hertfordshire. There are only 5 finalists in each category and we’re hugely proud to have made it to this stage, despite some stiff competition!
The Business Growth Award recognises businesses who have experienced a prolonged period of sustained and tangible growth and nominees need to be established local businesses which have been trading for at least five years. Wagada needed to demonstrate how our growth has manifested itself, through traditional financial metrics like profit, turnover or balance sheet increases. We also demonstrated our growth story with our increase in employees. We’ve also shown how we are tackling new markets and diversifying our products and services by becoming a full digital marketing agency.
The key things that judges will look for are a tangible demonstration of the growth experienced and how this has been achieved. They will also want to see how the growth cycle is managed and they will want to understand the way that the growth of the winning company has had a positive impact on the business itself. Finally, judges will investigate the beneficial effect that this growth has had on the local St Albans economy.
It’s been amazing to look back at how Wagada has grown since 2011. We’ve gone from strength to strength over the last five years and are incredibly proud of the brilliant business we have created and the fabulous team that we’ve built up. It’s also been great integrating our business into the local community and we are constantly amazed by the innovation, experience and support that we have found in St Albans. Being nominated as finalists for this high profile award really is an honour and shows us how far we have come!
The awards ceremony will be held at the stunning Sopwell Hotel on 13th October and we can’t wait! We’re already looking forward to catching up with old friends from the business community and meeting new ones.
So watch this space as we’ll be updating you on all of our award nomination results, and of course we’ll be sharing further information and photos on our social media channels too!
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