Business showcase wins strong backing

Paul Collins of Boston Collage presents Demi Blackbourn with the 2013 South Holland Apprentice of the Year Award.

Paul Collins of Boston Collage presents Demi Blackbourn with the 2013 South Holland Apprentice of the Year Award.

About 120 people from the business community attended the first South Holland Business Awards last year where the success of industry and commerce in the area was celebrated.

Held at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding, in November 2013, the awards were recognised to have been an overwhelming success, not least by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce which is organising this year’s event.

Chamber chief executive Simon Beardsley said: “The business community in South Holland has a lot to celebrate, so it is only right that a recognised awards ceremony is returning for a second year.

“Entering and winning awards can make a significant difference to a business as it helps to differentiate them from the competition, as well as helping to generate media interest.

“It can also help to boost staff moral and even recruitment but, most importantly of all, it positions you as the best in your field which is attractive to customers.”

Among the winners last year were West Elloe Pharmacy, Spalding, which took the Business Innovation Award, Bakkavor Group which lifted the Support in the Community Award and Demi Blackbourn of Drive by Websites, Spalding, who was named Apprentice of the Year.

After receiving her award, Demi said: “It was a bit of a shock but I’m really excited to have won and it proves that hard work pays off.”

Leading South Holland businesses, including Boston College, Spalding, Duncan and Toplis Accountants, Pinchbeck, and South Holland District Council, gave their support to the awards by sponsoring one of the categories.

In sponsoring the Business Innovation category last year, a Duncan and Toplis spokesman said: “We believe in a strong local business community where firms support each other and thrive on each other’s success.

“Successful innovation is the lifeblood of future business success individually, locally and nationally, so those businesses that are succeeding deserve to be recognised and celebrated.

“Our sponsorship of the Business Innovation Award is a way of demonstrating our support of this community and rewarding those who are pushing the boundaries to come up with new ideas and products to meet demand.”

But the main businesses can show their support for the awards is to simply come along, with tickets priced £22 for chamber members and £27 for non-members.

Tickets include a three-course dinner before the awards ceremony.

This year’s awards have already been backed by Lincolnshire County Council whose executive member for economic development, Coun Colin Davie, said: “There is a lot to shout about at the moment in terms of business success.

“By highlighting these achievements at the South Holland Business Awards, we can hopefully inspire others.”




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