IT’S the biggest night of the year for Huddersfield’s vibrant business community.

Leading figures from trade and industry in the region will join the winners to celebrate their successes at the 2012 Examiner Business Awards tomorrow at the John Smith’s Stadium..

The winners have been chosen by a panel of judges from scores of high-quality entries – with trophies being awarded for outstanding achievements in 11 categories covering areas such as international trade, the environment, innovation and enterprise.

There are also categories for new businesses, established firms, SMEs, employers, companies doing sterling things in their communities, up-and-coming young business people and businesses making a special effort to back their home town.

The awards are sponsored by law firm Chadwick Lawrence, which also sponsors the night’s top prize, the Chadwick Lawrence Business Person of the Year Award.

That award goes to a figure in the local business community who combines outstanding skills as an entrepreneur and innovator with sterling work to benefit the local community.

The identity of the recipient will be a closely guarded secret – until the envelope is opened!

Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “The award nominees range from small start-ups and medium-sized companies to large organisations with national and international reputations.

“They also come from a wide variety of sectors, including manufacturing, property, retailing, transport, leisure and hospitality, business services, design and food production.

“The judges were unanimous in their appreciation of the quality of entries. In choosing the winners, they have considered the contenders against key criteria, including the contribution they are making to their local communities, environmental performance, their financial performance, their commitment to the workforce and their track record on job creation and growth.”

The awards night – hosted by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration – has again proved popular, with all tables sold out several weeks ago.

A capacity audience will also hear from keynote speaker Gerald Ratner.

Event programme sponsor Pearson Funeral Service also added its congratulations to the nominated companies and individuals.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Pearson Funeral Service is a local family run business now in its 92nd year.

“Owned by Clive and Leanne Pearson, our business success relies on our highly trained and committed staff who are ambassadors for our company.

“We are proud to support the Examiner Business Awards and wish everyone the best of luck.”