Enter the South West Business & Community Awards

By Anita Jaynes on 29 August, 2019

Nominations are now officially open for the South West Business & Community Awards 2020.

Now in its third year, the annual award scheme celebrates the achievements of the most ambitious, inspirational and exciting businesses, charities and individuals who continually strive for greatness in the region.

The 2019 awards attracted over 360 nominations from across the South West with several winners from Swindon and Wiltshire.

Alec Jones-Hall, Director and Co-Founder of the awards is “delighted” to be opening nominations again. He said, “Now more than ever there is a need to reward and celebrate the amazing achievements of the region’s brightest talent.

“Winning an award can make a substantial positive impact. Darren Clark, a co-founder of the Spotless Group, was named Male Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019. Since winning the award, Darren has been invited to the House of Lords, Kenya, India and Malawi to work on various projects.”

There are 13 award categories including:

  • Business of the Year
  • SME of the Year
  • New Start-Up of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Contribution to the Community Award
  • Lifetime of Achievement of the Year
  • Charity of the Year
  • Leisure & Tourism of The Year
  • Networker of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Male Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Employer of the Year

It is free to enter and nominations can be made by organisations themselves, or individuals who believe a business, charity or individual deserves to be recognised.

The awards are judged by an independent panel made up of some of the UK’s most significant business leaders, entrepreneurs, charity ambassadors and regional influencers. Local judges include, James Phipps, Chairman of Excalibur and Anita Jaynes, Publisher of The Business Exchange.

Entries close on Sunday 15th December 2019 and can be submitted by visiting: www.southwestbusinessawards.co.uk/nominate/

The shortlisted nominees will be announced on 17th December 2019, and the winners will be announced at a glittering black-tie award ceremony on 23rd January 2020 at The Doubletree by Hilton Swindon. Unique to the South West Business & Community Awards, all profits generated from the award scheme and evening ceremony are donated to selected charities, this year organisers raised and donated over £10,000.

British Olympian, Derek Redmond, will be the after dinner speaker at the 2020 award ceremony. Derek broke the the British 400m record twice. He is best remembered for the 1992 Olympics 400m semi-final which in 2012 was voted the 3rd greatest Olympic moment in history. President Barack Obama referred to Derek’s perseverance as a prime example of the Olympic ideal.

Watch the 2019 South West Business & Community Awards highlights video below and find out more about the awards by visiting: www.southwestbusinessawards.co.uk

Pictured above: Chippenham charity Waste Not Want not, winner of the Charity of the Year Award 2019.