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.
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.