Just over two weeks left to nominate in our Bury Free Press business awards

Jane Vincent
Jane Vincent
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Have you been nominated yet in our Bury Free Press business awards? If not hurry up because time will soon be running out.

The Bury Free Press business awards will be hosted by TV newsreader Nicholas Owen and will take place at a black tie ceremony at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on September 20.

Tim Meadows-Smith

Tim Meadows-Smith

The closing date for entries is July 31.

This week we are profiling the last two of our award categories – starting with apprentice/ trainee of the year, sponsored by WS Training in Great Barton.

Jane Vincent, chief executive of WS Training said: “As a company that is such a significant provider of aprenticeships in the area we understand the benefits of companies having well trained staff.

“Apprentices/trainees unlock talent ensuring companies have a workforce equipped with the skills it needs for today and tomorrow.

“We therefore want employers to recognise these people by nominating them for this award giving the nominees recognition for the valuable contribution they have made to the workplace.”

The contribution to the community award meanwhile is sponsored by New Media Business Group.

Founder Tim Meadows-Smith, said: “New Media Business Group is pleased to sponsor the BFP ‘Business in 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.

“Our own on-going contribution to the community is a time and money contribution to StartUp Suffolk offering assistance to the 4,000 people each year living in Suffolk who are brave enough to try starting a new business.

“This award was won by a charity last year.

“However, the judges are looking for businesses that go out of their way to contribute something back to the community in addition to, and not just as, their main purpose.

“Please apply if you; are a large organisation who spend 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.”

Next week will give a brief run through of the various award categories ahead of the deadline for nominations.

More details on all of the awards can be found by visiting angliaevents.wordpress.com where you can also download nomination forms.