Roll up! It’s your last chance to enter the 2011 business awards

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FREE Press readers are busy nominating caring business people who go the extra mile to deliver service with a smile.

We are also receiving stacks of nominations for other categories in our Business Awards – but please keep them coming as Friday is the last day for entries.

If you know a business that deserves recognition – or perhaps a helpful and cheery shop assistant – just snip out the form and send it in. It could be your corner shopkeeper or someone on a supermarket check-out. The choice is yours but please let us know as soon as you can.

We welcome entries from across our circulation area, which includes Bourne, The Deepings, Crowland, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Wyberton, Donington, Gosberton and Folkingham.

And please enter your own business if you know it’s going places and you want to get noticed out there in the market place. There’s a category for business start-ups, one for growing businesses and then there’s the big one – business of the year.

We also aim to recognise the efforts of our great business people, including individuals with the drive and energy to set up brand new businesses or steer existing enterprises to even bigger successes.

Happy hairdressers are so far heading up our smiling-service entries with more than half-a-dozen nominations.

Spalding snippers in with a chance of winning honours include Andrea and Paul Sharrock, of Hedonism, Hayley Durrant, of Hers n Sirs, Gemma Louth and Katy Rodgers, of Renaissance, and Lara Vickers, of Gregory’s Girl.

Service with a smile contenders from other walks of life include Busy B’s Catering pair Susan Dunn and Becky Nicholson from Lodge Farm Cafe, Fleet, Elaine Robinson, of Marco’s ice-cream parlour, in Red Lion Street, Spalding, and Phillip Lindsay, from Pro Bodies Health and Fitness, of High Street, Spalding.

The gym is also a contender for our main award – business of the year – and boss Pete Lindsay is nominated for business person of the year.

Everybody’s Gym, of Bedford Place, Spalding, is also vying for the top title and its boss, Simon Harvey, is nominated for business person of the year.

Hills Furnishings, in Bridge Street, Spalding, has been nominated for business of the year and its boss, Edward Hall, is a contender for business person of the year.

Among others competing for business of the year are Sunseeker UK, of Pinchbeck, Flamecraft UK, of Weston, and Rooke’s Pet Products, of High Street, Spalding.

The pet food firm’s boss, Jason Rooke, has been nominated in the business person of the year category. Fellow contenders include Jan Whitbourn, from Tulip Radio, in The Crescent, Spalding, and Andrew Chapman, of All Aspects Car Care at Pode Hole.

For the three finalists in each category, a judge from out of the area will do an in-depth assessment of the qualities of products and services offered by each business.

Judges are carefully chosen by the sponsors who have made this event happen.

They are:

nBrown and Co

nDuncan and Toplis

nLincolnshire Free Press and

nSpalding Guardian

nNatWest

nRoythornes

All three finalists receive tickets to our gala dinner at the South Holland Centre on Thursday, October 13 when there will be short video presentations on what they have to offer.

Winners will receive glittering trophies and there will be framed certificates for the two equal runners-up.