Time to enter business awards

2014 Business of the Year  PSP IT
2014 Business of the Year PSP IT

CHAMBER CHATTER: BY Spalding and District Area Chamber of Trade president Phil Scarlett

During the next two months we are involved in two prime business events.

This year’s South Holland Business Awards takes place on the evening of Thursday, November 19, at the Springfields Event Centre, Spalding.

Last November 200 of South Holland’s key business leaders gathered to celebrate the best in innovation, hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and customer care within South Holland and this year we again expect a full house.

Entries are now open for the awards – contact Alison Macfall for the category criteria and the application procedure at alison.mackfall@lincs-chamber.co.uk Details are also on the home page of our website: www.spaldingareachamber.co.uk

The Award categories are the same as last year:

lBusiness of the Year – sponsored by the Butters Group;

lSmall Business of the Year – sponsored by Chattertons Solicitors;

lSupporting the Community – sponsored by Definitions Health & Fitness;

l Business Innovation of the Year – sponsored by Duncan & Toplis;

lApprentice of the Year – sponsored by Holbeach Academy;

lCustomer Care – sponsored by Ringrose Law;

lBusiness Person of the Year – sponsored by South Holland District Council;

This year we are delighted to have a drinks reception which is sponsored by Candour Associates and to have the programmes sponsored by Newton Press. We are extremely grateful to last year’s Business of the Year winners PSP IT, who are our headline sponsor.

Please watch out for announcements on the categories and how to enter, these will be in the Spalding Guardian.

Transport Conference

This is taking place on Friday, October 16, at the Springfield’s Event Centre in Spalding from 10am to 4pm. The event is organised by The Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum and the Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.

The conference will be opened by her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire Toby Dennis; followed by a full day of activity finishing at 4pm.

This year’s theme is “Connecting South Lincolnshire” with guest speakers from rail, freight and bus operators. We have got a first class team of speakers and I would encourage anyone interested in any form of transport to attend.

We are trying to understand our transport challenges and by bringing everyone together under one roof it is a rare opportunity for delegates to speak out and be listened to.

Speakers for the event include: Nigel Jenner (chief executive, Fresh Produce Consortium), Guy Dangerfield (director, Transport Focus), Ashley Holland and Lee Juniper (directors, FreshLinc), Neil Micklethwaite (commercial director, East Midland Trains).

Also Ed Dunn (NetworkRail), Malcolm Wheatley (operations director, Brylaine), Richard Wills (executive director, Lincolnshire County Council).

Delegates will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, sharing and learning from each other’s experience.

To book your place at £15, which includes lunch, contact Emily Foreman on 01522 523333 or e-mail: emily.foreman@lincs-chamber.co.uk