Headline speakers named for business awards

South Holland Business Awards 2014 host Melvyn Prior.
South Holland Business Awards 2014 host Melvyn Prior.

An ex-farmer now promoting economic growth in Lincolnshire and the head of a body representing UK food producers are coming to this year’s South Holland Business Awards.

Mark Tinsley of Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) and Jim Rogers, president of the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), will be speaking at the awards taking place at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding, next Thursday at 7pm.

Mark Tinsley of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partenership.

Mark Tinsley of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partenership.

The awards will be hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior and winners from South Holland’s business sector will be named in six categories, including Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

Awards will also be presented for Supporting the Community, Business Innovation of the Year and Customer Care.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce which is co-hosting the awards with Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark Tinsley and Jim Rogers as our speakers this year.

“Each of them brings a wealth of experience and have been carefully selected to share industry insights with those at the awards.

“We are also very lucky to have BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Melvyn Prior with us for the evening as event compere, introducing the categories and inviting the winners to the stage to collect their awards.

As well as his work with GLLEP, Mr Tinsley is also a director of Nene Potatoes Ltd, Long Sutton, and a board member of NFU Mutual.

Mr Rogers became FBC president in 2008 after starting up Spalding-based fruit and vegetable importer Fesa Ltd in 1985.

Awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2010, Mr Rogers will be speaking current legislation and new regulations concerning food production, distribution and retail.
The awards will also include a speech by Harry Drury, director of Spalding property firm We’ll Let Your House which was named South Holland Business of the Year in 2013.

Mr Drury said: “The accolade of being named South Holland Business of the Year has to be one of the highlights of my career to date.

“That said, I didn’t win this award but my dedicated and experienced team led by branch manager Jacob Bell did.

“These awards are an opportunity to business people, their teams and their businesses for the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm they show to their customers and the wider community.”