SMALL businesses can get some well-deserved recognition as an award scheme run by an MP returns for a second year.
Havant MP Alan Mak launched his second Havant Small Business Awards, backed by The News, earlier this week.
He is encouraging all residents and News readers to nominate their local favourites online.
Last year’s Café of the Year winner Fourteas Tea Room in Havant helped Mr Mak to launch the awards.
This year 12 different categories are open for nomination as well as the overall Havant Small Business of the Year – last year won by Emsworth-based family fishing business Fresh From The Boat. Whether it’s a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, a tradesman who has gone the extra mile, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, all nominations are welcome.
Mr Mak said that having worked in his own family’s small business he is keen to celebrate the thriving small businesses in the Havant constituency.
Last year’s inaugural awards were a huge success, with hundreds of nominations received and more than 200 people attending the ceremony at South Downs College. He said this year’s competition would be even better.
Mr Mak said: ‘Backing our economy and celebrating the hard work done by local business owners is a top priority for me as local MP.
‘Our small businesses create jobs and generate wealth for our area, and I’m delighted to organise the awards again for a second year to put them in the limelight.
‘I urge everyone to visit my website to nominate now.’
All nominations must be for businesses within the Havant parliamentary constituency, which covers Havant town, Emsworth, Hayling Island, Bedhampton, Langstone, Purbrook, Stakes, Widley and Leigh Park.
Everyone who nominates will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the summer awards evening at South Downs College and House of Commons Champagne.
Mr Mak will be joined on the judging panel by Gary Medlow, who is managing director of Fasset, the property and facilities management specialist which runs of Langstone Technology Park.
Nominations can be submitted via AlanMak.org.uk/Nominate