BFP BUSINESS AWARDS: Nominate companies with international links and those with a bright future

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Companies with international links and those with a bright future will be recognised at the Bury Free Press Business Awards.

With the August 13 deadline for entries approaching, it is your chance to nominate a firm for the West Suffolk Award for International Trade and Best New Start-up accolade.

The International Trade prize, sponsored by St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils, celebrates businesses currently engaged in overseas trade.

Judges want to recognise the excellence achieved by the area’s leading exporters and importers.

It is open to companies which have displayed outstanding international trade achievement and demonstrated successful entry into new markets within the last five years.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough, and Cllr James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District, said: “The growth of business here, and its importance to our economy and future prosperity, is one of our main priorities as West Suffolk councils – not least because of its importance to our local economy and the future prosperity of our residents.

“In order for our businesses to grow and create new jobs, we and they should be looking for opportunities to export their goods into foreign markets.

“We encourage that growth and expansion in many ways, including by seeking to highlight one the many success stories that we have here in West Suffolk.

“The winner of the West Suffolk Award for International Trade will demonstrate how they have created a product, developed interest from markets abroad and, through that expansion of their business, are bringing new jobs to West Suffolk. In short they will show how they have helped put West Suffolk on the international map.”

The Best New Start-Up award, sponsored by Suffolk enterprise agency Menta, is for large or small enterprises who can demonstrate they have a bright future and are geared up for the challenges ahead.

Open to those that began trading on or after April 2012, the award celebrates the highest performing new companies within 25 miles of Bury and recognises those that have exceeded initial targets for growth and financial performance, best demonstrated and understanding of their competitors, customers and markets they operate in.

Alex Till, chief executive of Menta, said: “Menta are excited to be sponsoring the new business award again this year.

“We are looking for new businesses who are already showing growth, who have a strong understanding of their financial performance and are showing energy, flare and entrepreneurship to meet the challenges faced when starting a new business.”

To enter, visit bit.ly/bfpawards where you can download an application form or submit online.