TODAY we launch the inaugural Bury Free Press Business Awards.
The 2012 awards will celebrate the very best in West Suffolk business and showcase the skills and entrepreneurs we have here.
Business in West Suffolk is thriving – and our awards will give you the chance to tell everyone what is great about the businesses you own, you work for or just simply love.
There will be awards for businesses who are contributing to the wider community, individual workers who are producing something special and for fledgling businesses. All the categories are detailed below.
The awards will culminate in a glitzy ceremony at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday, September 21, and will signal the culmination of the Bury St Edmunds Business Festival.
Launching the awards this week, Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters said: “I am delighted to be able to recognise the real excellence there is in business.
“Every week, the Bury Free Press spotlights stories of achievement and success in its business pages but these awards will bring together all the expertise and excellence and reward the trailblazers.”
Mark Stanford, events manager at the Bury Free Press – and organiser of the awards – said: “The Bury Free Press Business Awards will be a fitting tribute to the men and women who thrive in today’s hectic and pressured world of business.
“Winners on the night will know they have been given a real pat on the back by their peers and the award will be something to cherish for many years.”
Awards on the night will be presented by TV celebrity Paul Ross.
Details of how to enter the awards or nominate someone for one of the categories will appear in next week’s Bury Free Press along with a profile on the first two awards – Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year.
For updates on the awards, log on to our website www.buryfreepress.co.uk
The categories are:
Business of the Year – Sponsored by Suffolk Chamber
Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by Sicon
People Development – Sponsored by WS Training
Contribution to the Community – Sponsored by New Media Business Group
Independent Retailer – Sponsored by Bury Free Press
Best New Start-Up – Sponsored by Menta
Green / Environmental Award – Sponsored by West Suffolk College
Award for International Trade – Sponsored by St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Employee of the Year – Sponsor to be confirmed (please call Mark Stanford, events manager at the Bury Free Press, on 01284 757810 if you are interested in sponsoring this award)
The Bid4Bury - Customer Care – Sponsored by Bid4Bury/Our Bury St Edmunds
Business Innovation – Sponsored by Denny Bros Group