The News Business Excellence Awards are launched

The News launches the Business Awards on board the bridge of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. (l-r) Paul Bowsher, Queen Elizabeth class project leader, Mark Waldron, Editor of The News and Nigel Stewart, BAE Systems maritime commercial director, infront of the bridge of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth .  Picture: Sarah Standing (123196-4706)
The News launches the Business Awards on board the bridge of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. (l-r) Paul Bowsher, Queen Elizabeth class project leader, Mark Waldron, Editor of The News and Nigel Stewart, BAE Systems maritime commercial director, infront of the bridge of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth . Picture: Sarah Standing (123196-4706)
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SHE is a symbol of all that is great about businesses in the Portsmouth region, and this year The News Business Excellence Awards have been launched from the bridge of the navy’s newest aircraft carrier.

Still being built in a dry dock in the naval base, HMS Queen Elizabeth’s bridge is being made of components supplied by local firms large and small, assembled by our awards’ headline sponsor, BAE Systems.

So what better location to launch our awards, which honour all those companies which help make the region a success?

BAE Systems’ ships commercial director Nigel Stewart said: ‘Between 60 to 70 per cent of most of our projects come from our supply chain – other manufacturers in the area – and all we do is pull it all together.

‘So while there are 10,000 people working on this aircraft carrier, for every job here there are 2.5 people in the wider community working on it as well. And that’s why the aircraft carrier is a great project to launch the awards from.

‘We want all businesses to get in touch, enter the awards, and show us what they’re doing out there and let’s celebrate the successes and achievements in the Portsmouth area, and show everyone how strong we are.’

To enter The News Business Excellence Awards, email emma.judd@thenews.co.uk for an application form, which includes a list of all the categories and the entry criteria.

All entries need to be returned by December 17 for judging to take place.

The awards

Overall business of the Year, sponsored by Driver Hire

Large Business of the Year

Small/Medium Business, sponsored by Portsmouth City Council

Start-Up Business of the Year, sponsored by Shaping the Future of Portsmouth

Business Personality/Achievement of the Year

Community Contribution of the Year

Exporter of the Year

Innovation of the Year

Team of the Year

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure

Retailer of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Lifetime Achievement