BUSINESSES with something to shout about are invited to celebrate their success by entering the Hampshire Business Awards.
Entries for the awards opened on Monday, and will honour the top performers in the county in four categories.
Entries are open until June 20 and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner at Winchester Guildhall on Tuesday, September 30.
The awards are open to Hampshire businesses of all sizes and entries are assessed by a panel of independent judges.
To mark the launch, past award winners enjoyed a lunch at Blake Lapthorn’s offices in Southampton at which they discussed the benefits of having received their awards.
Chris Garrett, of Chandler’s Ford-based pump sales, manufacturing and hire company Selwood, which won KPMG Company of the Year in 2013, said: ‘It’s of great benefit internally. It validates what we do and gives a lift to the staff – people take a lot of pride from it and use the fact that we’ve won the award in correspondence and discussions. It left the staff all walking a little bit taller.’
Dan Salanson of The Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the Hampshire Business Awards sponsors, said: ‘We’re proud to honour the best businesses and organisations in the region and the standard of entries seems to get higher and higher each year.
‘We’re very excited to launch this year’s event and the judges are relishing the prospect of seeing what the regions businesses have to offer this time round.’
The awards open for nomination in this year are:
Blake Lapthorn Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Award;
KPMG Company of the Year;
RBS Management Team of the Year;
University of Southampton Technical Innovation Award.
To find out more about the awards and to apply, visit hampshirebusinessawards.co.uk.