Business Awards celebrate entrepreneurial success in Worcestershire

The Business Awards have been established as part of the Enterprising Worcestershire Business Support Programme and is an entirely free event for local businesses.  The event not only recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment of individual entrepreneurs but it also provides local businesses with the chance to showcase their success.

Over the last three weeks businesses have been nominated in six award categories ahead of last September’s deadline.

A panel of judges will now carefully assess and score all the nominations announcing the shortlist of finalists in each Award category on 26 October.  The public will then be asked to vote for the winner with voting open until 9am on Monday 2 November.

The Award Ceremony announcing the winners will take place at the Sixways Stadium, Warrior’s Way in Worcester on Wednesday 18 November between 5pm and 9pm.

David Smith, Enterprising Worcestershire programme manager, said: “We are delighted to be launching these business awards in partnership with Blue Orchid.  Not only will they give us the opportunity to celebrate the success of local new businesses, but will also give them the chance to showcase their products or services, network with other companies and build customer trust in their organisation.”

Each winner will be presented with a trophy at the Award Ceremony and there are a total of six categories.  These are:

New Start Up:                        Aimed at businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months and demonstrate a unique selling point

High Street:                           Aimed at celebrating independent retailers contribution to the High Street

Growth Business:                 Aimed at businesses that have been trading between 12-24 months and have demonstrated the best levels of growth for its size and sector.

Most innovative:                   Aimed at businesses with a unique business concept or idea

Creative business:                Aimed at businesses that fall into creative industries including photographers, graphic designers, writers

Ethical business:                  Aimed at organisations across all sectors with responsible business practices that have a positive impact and benefit on the community and environment

In addition, up to 25 businesses can take up the free offer of taking a stand within the ‘Business Marketplace’ area on the night of the Awards.

Catherine Bray, Area Manager, said: “We have already supported over 2000 individuals and new businesses in the Worcestershire area and these Awards will provide the perfect opportunity for these businesses to showcase their success.  We hope the Awards will encourage and inspire those who may be thinking of starting a new businesses or becoming self-employed to seek the free expert knowledge, support and advice available through the Enterprising Worcestershire programme.”

Keynote speaker at the Worcestershire Business Awards will be Stefan Thomas, author of Amazon bestseller Business Networking for Dummies.  Stefan speaks all over the UK on the subject of networking, as well as working with companies to ensure their networking strategy brings a solid return on investment. Stefan will explain why the skills you can perfect at networking are vital to your business success and how you can master them quickly and simply to ensure the creation of prospects, leads and sales from networking activity.

The event is sponsored by HSBC Bank and Basepoint Business Centres.

Judges for the Worcestershire Business Awards will be:

David Smith, Enterprising Worcestershire Programme Manager, Worcestershire County Council

Paul Ward, Director, Blue Orchid

Steve Williams, Impetus

David Ledbury, Growth Manager, Growth Accelerator

HSBC, Worcester

Hosting the evening event will be Free Radio breakfast show DJs Hursty and Helen who said “We’re absolutely delighted to be back hosting the Enterprising Worcestershire awards for 2015. It’ll be great to see more new businesses from round our way doing well plus we’re looking forward to seeing how last year’s winners have been doing since we presented them with their awards”.

To find out more and to book tickets for the event please visit the Blue Orchid website.