Nominations open for the Bury Free Press Business Awards

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WE are looking for the very best in business to take a bow.

The inaugural Bury Free Press Business Awards were launched last week.

These awards will celebrate the very best in West Suffolk business and showcase the skills and entrepreneurs we have here.

Today, we begin to profile each of the 11 categories and give you the chance to nominate businesses and individuals for those awards.

Anyone can nominate using the online form - you can nominate someone or a business who has performed well, you can nominate someone you work alongside or you can nominate yourself or your own business.

Once we have all the nominations in - closing date is August 1 - we will approach everyone who has been nominated to find out more details about them or their business. This information will then be used by judges to determine the three finalists who will be invited to the glitzy awards ceremony at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday, September 21.

This week’s featured categories are Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year.

The Business of the Year category, sponsored by Suffolk Chamber, will be a hard-fought category.

Barry Peters, editor of the Bury Free Press, said: “Whoever wins this category will have demonstrated vision, ability and something unique which sets them apart.

“We are looking for excellence, pure and simple.”

Sicon is sponsoring the Business Person of the Year award and business director Jane Youngman said: “Sicon is proud to be part of the Bury Free Press Business Awards, and we see the winner of this category being someone who has made an outstanding contribution to their company or organisation, who has been able to demonstrate commitment, having had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to a high degree, has vision and is instrumental in the company’s future.”

Two more categories - People Development and Contribution to the Community - will be featured in next week’s Bury Free Press.

Remaining categories are the BID4Bury Award, Business Innovation, International Trade, Best New Start-up, Green Award, Employee of the Year and Independent Trader award.

The Bury Free Press Business Awards signal the culmination of the Bury St Edmunds Business Festival.

Send in your nominations for Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year by emailing barry.peters@buryfreepress.co.uk or click here to make your nominations for the Bury Free Press Business Awards online