The corporate event organiser, Great British Expos, has opened nominations for the 2019 South West Business and Community Awards in recognition of “the most ambitious, inspirational and exciting businesses, charities and individuals from across the South West Region.”
The award categories are: Business of the Year, Charity of the Year, SME of the Year, New Start-up of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Male Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime of Achievement Award, Leisure & Tourism Award, Contribution to the Community, Networker of the year, Achievement in the Community, Courage Award.
According to Great British Expos, the 2018 awards had over 300 nominations and 14 winners who have “gone onto greater successes” as a result of winning. The winners included Purpol Marketing (Business of the Year), Stuart Pearce (Male Entrepreneur of the Year) and Systemagic Ltd (SME of The Year)
It is free to nominate and judging the nominations is an independent panel made up of some of the “UK’s biggest business leaders and entrepreneurs.” All profits from the awards are donated to selected charities (the 2018 awards raised and donated over £11,000).
Alec Jones-Hall, director of Great British Expos, said that the awards are in “true recognition” of excellence and achievement.
He explained: “When you work and contribute to business or charity we believe you should be applauded and recognised, hard work takes commitment and the candidates nominated and awarded have done just that.”
Alec added: “Great British Expos wants businesses in the South West to help in identifying those businesses, charities, and individuals within their business or the region that have made an exceptional contribution over the past 12 months and could potentially be nominated for these awards. You are the ones on the ground and see the achievement as it is happening.”
Anyone can submit nominations online and entrants can either be nominated or self-nominate.
To submit a nomination go to www.southwestbusinessawards.co.uk The winners will be announced at a dinner awards evening ceremony at Doubletree Hilton, Swindon on 24 January 2019.
The closing date for nominations is 1 December 2018.