The search has started to discover the best companies and business leaders in the region with the launch of the South Holland Business Awards 2016.
The region’s top business awards are a showcase for the success stories in the area’s business community.
Applications are open for the South Holland Business Awards 2016, which is now in its fourth year.
And to support the launch, a new website has been created to make applying easier and to help attract new sponsors.
Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Area Chamber, said: “Last year’s awards were great, but this year we are planning further improvements.
“The biggest improvement is a new website www.shb-awards.co.uk, which has been built by this year’s headline sponsor PSP IT Design & Development, of Pinchbeck, Spalding.
“As well as insights into previous winners, it also offers downloadable application forms, hint and tips about what the judges are looking for, plus sponsorship opportunities for local firms and the chance to buy tickets to the ceremony on November 24.”
Joe Verde, chief executive of PSP IT, said: “We wanted to pledge our support to the South Holland Business Awards 2016. Not only do we want to help drive up the attendance and the number of award applications, but we also want to make it a memorable night.”
“As headline sponsor we are passionate about supporting our local business community and the Chamber of Commerce events team who are organising the awards.”
How to take part in the awards and the seven categories
It is easy to enter to take part in this year’s South Holland Business Awards - and it is free.
To apply visit the website at www.shb-awards.co.uk and follow the instructions.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Springfield Events Centre on November 24.
Businesses can only enter if they are based in the South Holland Area. One business can enter a maximum of three categories.
There are seven categories. They are Apprentice of the Year, Supporting the Community Award, Customer Care Award, Business Person of the Year Award, Business Innovation of the Year Award, Small Business of the Year and Business of the Year.
Joe Verde, chief executive of PSP IT Design and Development, said: “People can expect a great night which celebrates the success of South Holland businesses. I think many people will be surprised at just how many successful and diverse firms we have on our doorstep.
“There’s a selection of sponsorship opportunities available for the 2016 awards, and they offer extremely good value for money, given the exposure your company will get on the build up to the ceremony and on the night itself.”
Tickets to attend are £30+vat for Chamber members and £40 +vat for non-members. Tickets include a drinks reception and a three course dinner before the award ceremony starts. Tables of 10 are available at a discounted rate of £275+vat for members and £375+vat for non-members. Tickets can be booked via www.shb-awards.co.uk
Entering can make difference to a firm
It is generally agreed companies winning the South Holland Business Awards find it makes a difference.
The process generates much free publicity which helps raise the profile of the business.
Simon Beardsley, chief executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce said: “Entering and winning awards can make a significant difference to a business.
“It helps differentiate you from the competition as well as generate media interest. It can also help boost staff moral and even recruitment.
“But most importantly it positions you as the best in your field, which is attractive to customers.
“South Holland’s business community has a lot to celebrate, so it’s only right that a recognised awards ceremony is returning for a fourth year.
“I’d also like to thank all the local sponsors who have helped make it possible, including our headline sponsor PSP IT Design & Development”.
Joe Verde, chief executive of PSP IT, said: “As a sponsor I think it’s really important to champion local success stories, and support the business community you are part of.
“For PSP IT Design & Development, it’s a way of giving something back.”
The awards are open to members and non-members of the chamber of commerce.