Monday, June 6, 2016

News: Chamber business awards open for entries

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Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has announced that entries can now be submitted for 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 recently confirmed 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.

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."

John Silker, chief executive of Magna, said: "As members of the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, it's our pleasure to host these awards at Magna. We're proud of our event facilities here and are really looking forward to welcoming the South Yorkshire business community to celebrate their achievements."

Last year saw over 120 entries in the ten categories and companies can this year enter the awards from today until September. 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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Once again, Chamber charity members will have the opportunity to be recognised as the “Secure Power Charity of the Year” and will receive a prize donation towards their chosen project or initiative of need and become the Chamber’s Charity of the Year.

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.

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

Awards website

Images: BR Chamber

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