BFP BUSINESS AWARDS: Looking for those who make a difference in apprentice and community categories

Jane Vincent
Jane Vincent
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With the economy turning a corner, apprenticeships and business involvement in the local community are now a vital part of West Suffolk’s industrial landscape.

That’s why we are recognising those who strive to make a difference in these areas at the third annual Bury Free Press Business Awards.

The apprentice/trainee of the year accolade is sponsored by WS Training, in Great Barton, who will be looking for an individual that has made a difference to their workplace after taking an accredited training programme such as an apprenticehsip or work related qualification.

Chief executive Jane Vincent said: “As the largest independent provider of apprenticeships in the area the opportunity to showcase apprentices, trainees and their employers could not be missed.

“One of our local MPs Matthew Hancock as Minister for Skills and Enterprise is a keen supporter of the up skilling of the country’s workforce.

“This provides the ideal chance to highlight the excellent training in the workplace delivered by both training providers and employers in the area.”

For the contribution to the community award, judges will seek evidence of continuing commitment to community service, public service or significant charitable contributions that benefit the community.

It is sponsored by New Media Business Group. Founder Tim Meadows-Smith said: “We are pleased to sponsor the Contribution to the Community Award as a way of encouraging our local businesses to consider the local community alongside their customers, staff and shareholder stakeholders.

“The return on investment for capital and effort is easily measured in monetary profit and more easily felt in community interest.

“Please apply if you are a large organisation which spends extra to favour local businesses; have made sacrifices to offer a young apprentice a chance; give your staff time off to raise money for charity; have allowed your staff to work as unpaid volunteers in a local organisation; donated goods or services to help local organisations; just made a difference locally in Suffolk.”

Other categories include best new start-up, best marketing, BID - customer service award, business of the year, business person of the year, employee of the year, green/environmental award, unsung hero award and the West Suffolk Award for International Trade.

To enter visit where you can download an application form or submit online.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, August 13 at 5pm.

The awards will culminate in a glittering ceremony at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday, October 10.

For more details contact Mark Stanford, Anglia Newspapers Events Manager, on 01553 817354.

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