SMALL and medium-sized enterprises are the bedrock of the local economy.
Collectively, they are the biggest private sector employers and are often among the most resourceful and innovative businesses.
Now the Examiner Business Awards 2012 is set to recognise the contribution made by these dynamic companies.
Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd is sponsoring the category for SME of the Year, which is open to businesses employing up to 50 people.
Entrants should be able to demonstrate their achievements in their market with evidence of an excellent business strategy, good financial performance and potential for the future.
A family business that rose from the ashes to regain its hard-won status as one of the town’s most successful traders was last year’s winner.
Hinchliffe’s, which became one of the first ever farm shops in 1974, has won numerous awards for its home-cooked pies, pasties and sausages.
The company was recognised for recovering from a devastating firm, which tore through its Netherton premises destroying decades of endeavour. Within months of the blaze, the business was back on its feet.
Gareth Davies, managing director of Kirklees Stadium Development, said: “We at KSDL are delighted to sponsor the Examiner SME of the Year Award. We are also proud, once again, to have the opportunity to host these awards.
“Every category winner deserves congratulation for their success. However, we are particularly pleased to be associated with this award, as we ourselves, with less than 50 full time staff, are an SME.
“SME’s are the engine room of our economy and their importance cannot be overestimated. As has always been the case in the UK, their endeavour and vision will be essential to return us to sustained growth.”