Thursday, March 17, 2016

News: Chamber's 2016 Business Awards announced

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Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has announced the details of one of the premier events in the local business calendar - the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards.

Last year's awards again revealed another sell out, with over 500 guests attending the ceremony, held for the second time in Barnsley. Palmer Construction, the civil engineering and building contractors based in Barnsley, took the top prize last year.

The Chamber has now announced that this year's awards we will return to Rotherham and the event will again be held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre on Friday, October 14 2016.

Last year saw over 120 entries in the ten categories and companies can this year enter the awards from June 6 2016. This year along with the ten awards from the previous year, a new category has been introduced for Tourism, Leisure or Hospitality, which will be awarded to a business that goes to extraordinary effort to provide more than is expected to their visitors.

Entry is open to all members of the Chamber and for the first time ever all businesses with an "S" postcode will be able to enter the awards.

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Andrew Denniff, chief executive at Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is our once a year opportunity to celebrate all that is best in Business Innovation, Enterprise and Growth across our region. I would encourage as many businesses and individuals as possible to consider putting their names forward and get yourselves recognised for your tremendous achievements over the past few months."

Once again the Chamber will award a member charity the status of Charity of the Year and will recognise five longstanding businesses during a Salute to Business at the start of the evening.

This year's categories are:

- Most Promising New Business
- Business Growth
- Business Community Impact
- Excellence in Manufacturing
- Design & Innovation in Business
- Business Person of the Year
- Skills Development
- Excellence in International Trade
- Digital & Creativity in Business
- Apprentice of the Year
- Tourism, Leisure or Hospitality

A dedicated website for the awards will be launched to provide all the information for entrants, attendees and sponsors.

This year's awards is in association with the RNN Group (Rotherham and North Notts Group), which includes the following organisations: Rotherham College, North Notts College, RNN Training, NFPC, Charnwood Training and Create Skills.

John Connolly, chief executive of RNN Group, said: "The RNN Group are proud to sponsor the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards as we feel it's important to recognise and celebrate local businesses and their achievements."

Sponsorship opportunities for the Business Awards are available from £1,500 (plus VAT).

BR Chamber website

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