HUDDERSFIELD businesses will put concerns about the recession behind them tomorrow night – to celebrate success at the 2009 Examiner Business Awards.
Hundreds of guests and VIPs will attend the region’s premier business event at the Galpharm Stadium to recognise the achievements of some of the town’s top companies and entrepreneurs.
The awards – now in their fourth year – drew a record number of entries this time. Businesses across the town have been keen to demonstrate how they have battled successfully against the tough economic climate to boost trade, invest in their operations and prepare for the future.
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “The award nominees range from small start-up companies to large organisations with national and international reputations.
“They are drawn from many sectors, including manufacturing, food and drink, construction, training, business consultancy and the creative industries.
“Our judging panel was delighted to report a 30% increase in entries for 2009. They were also impressed by the quality of the applications, which made it a difficult task to draw up their shortlist of nominees.
“In choosing the winners, they weighed up the contenders against a wide range of criteria including contribution to local communities, efforts on environmental improvement, financial performance, commitment to employees and their track record on job creation and growth.”
The awards will be hosted by BBC TV presenter Harry Gration.
The guest speaker is broadcaster Declan Curry, whose credits include presenting programmes on financial matters on TV and radio in the UK and the USA.
For many years, he broadcast live from the London Stock Exchange – giving up-to-the-minute shares news and interviewing captains of industry.
Declan has also written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and industry publications in the UK, the Irish Republic and the USA – including the highly-respected Investors People.
Mr Wright said: “The Examiner Business Awards were launched to reward the enterprises which make up the engine room of the local economy.
“The award night promises to be a sparkling celebration of the contribution made by Huddersfield’s many high-calibre companies to the wealth and well-being of the town.”