Time added on for firms to enter awards

Branch manager Jacob Bell and director Harry Drury of We'll Let Your House, Spalding, named South Holland Business of the Year 2013.
Branch manager Jacob Bell and director Harry Drury of We'll Let Your House, Spalding, named South Holland Business of the Year 2013.
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To use a footballing term, 
officials refereeing this year’s South Holland Business Awards have added on some time for firms in the area to take part.

The deadline to enter one or more of the six categories to be judges, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Supporting the Community, Business Innovation of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Customer Care, has been extended by two weeks to Friday October 17.

It’s the second year of the awards, run by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, which will conclude with a gala, black-tie dinner at Springfields Events and Conference Centre on Thursday, November 20 at 7pm.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’ve had some excellent entries for the awards so far, but we know there are businesses in South Holland who should be entering and haven’t done so yet.

“That’s why we are extending the deadline to encourage them to enter.

“Entering the South Holland Business Awards costs nothing except some of your time, but the rewards for winning can be great and could make a significant difference to your business.

“Winning an award can differentiate you from the competition and generate media interest, but it can also help to boost staff morale and even recruitment.

“Most importantly of it, it positions you as the best in your field which is attractive to clients and customers.”

The main prize of Business of the Year was won by Spalding-based property business We’ll Let Your House whose director Harry 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 being said, I didn’t win this award myself but it was my dedicated, experienced team who did, led by branch manager Jacob Bell.

“Being nominated for this award recognises that you can’t just open the doors to an office and expect to make a profit.

“You need to invest blood, sweat and tears into building a business, growing a reputation, being an expert in your industry and embracing the bad days at the office with as much enthusiasm as you celebrate the good days.

“Winning a South Holland Business Award recognises that you have not only achieved all of the above, but excelled in doing so.”

Application forms are available by emailing enquiries@Lincs-Chamber.co.uk and businesses can enter up to three categories.

There are also opportunities to exhibit at the event and for more details, call Emily Foreman on 01522 523333.