BUSINESS is great!
Huddersfield companies have a deserved reputation for producing high quality and innovative products and services for customers at home and overseas.
Even in these straitened times, many of our companies are overcoming the obstacles to excel in their respective sectors.
So now it’s time to turn the spotlight on the best the town has to offer in the field of industry and commerce with the launch of the 2008 Examiner Business Awards.
The Examiner has been joined by event sponsor Chadwick Lawrence in the search for the outstanding businesses and individuals who provide the engine room of the economy in Huddersfield.
Last year’s competition attracted a crop of top-calibre entries and culminated with a glittering awards night at the Galpharm Stadium. Leading figures from the local business community joined category finalists, sponsors and their guests in the celebrations.
Entries are now invited for this year’s awards, which promise to be just as keenly contested as the 2007 event.
Organisers are seeking nominations for a host of categories which will recognise businesses of all types and sizes and reward excellence in a wide range of achievements.
The categories are: New Business of the Year, SME of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Award, International Business/Trader of the Year, Regeneration Award, Employer of the Year, Creative Enterprise Award, Green Award, Young Business Person of the Year and Business Person of the Year.
A panel of judges will select the category winners, who will be presented with trophies and certificates at the spectacular awards night on Thursday, November 13, at the Galpharm Stadium.
BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will again host the gala event.
The judging panel will include Jeremy Garside, managing partner of law firm Chadwick Lawrence, who encouraged businesses to step forward for consideration.
Jeremy Garside, managing partner at Chadwick Lawrence, said: “2006 saw the successful launch of the Huddersfield Business Awards, sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence.
“In 2007 the awards proved that the Kirklees area is thriving, which is why we are determined to continue to promote and support business success in the area.
“It is important to recognise the achievements of local businesses and their proprietors. For that reason Chadwick Lawrence is proud to be supporting the awards once again in 2008.”
Said Mr Garside: “The prosperity of everyone in the Huddersfield area depends upon the success of local business in both traditional and new industries.
“The Huddersfield Business Awards provide a focus on enterprise, the championing of best practice and demonstrate the contribution that business makes to the community.
“It is right that this contribution be acknowledged whatever the size of the business.
“Huddersfield and the wider Kirklees area as a place to do business, continues to thrive with a well deserved reputation for business excellence and enterprise. Long may this continue.
“I look forward to another successful Business Awards event and wish all nominees the best of luck.”
Roy Wright, editor of the Examiner, said: “The awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the success of companies and individuals who have contributed significantly to the good of their organisations and the local economy.
“Now’s the chance to get involved in the 2008 awards – to put your business in the spotlight with staff, customers and suppliers alike.
“It’s also a chance to shout about our achievements, celebrate business success and underline Huddersfield's reputation for enterprise and excellence.”
The judges will draw up a shortlist of three entries for each category, with the exception of Business Person of the Year where only one winner will be chosen.
Shortlisted entries will be featured in the Examiner and the winners will be announced at the not-to-be-missed awards night.
Tickets for the event, costing £50 plus VAT, are available by calling the events team on 01484 437702.
Information on the awards – including facts about previous winners and category sponsors – will appear in the Examiner over coming weeks.
Visit www.examiner.co.uk/businessawards or email business firstname.lastname@example.org