Time to get involved in the Business Excellence Awards 2015

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Mick Williams, founder of Williams & Co, with his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 ceremony
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DOES your business stand out from the rest? If so, we want you to enter The News Business Excellence Awards 2015?

The awards give businesses and staff the chance to be recognised for the hard work they have done and any achievements over the past year that they are particularly proud of.

And there is still time for people to nominate themselves or their firms.

With 15 categories ranging from Apprentice of the Year to Start-up Business of the Year, there is plenty of opportunities to highlight the good work of many different businesses.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has supported The News Business Excellence Awards since they began.

They provide the ideal platform to showcase the businesses that are the heart of the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire economy.

Deputy chief executive Maureen Frost said: ‘With bad news often hitting the headlines we believe these awards provide the opportunity to focus on all the positives that our businesses and those who run them can bring to Portsmouth.

‘They give us the opportunity to celebrate success and highlight many success stories that otherwise would remain a well-kept secret.

‘Sharing what the winners have achieved can inspire others to succeed and will also prove to be a catalyst for sharing ideas and best practice.

‘For the businesses entering, the benefits include an excellent profile-raising opportunity, a reason to focus on how the business is performing and can also be a real morale boost for employees who like to know they are involved with a successful company.

‘We are pleased to be working with The News to continue to improve and enhance the Business Excellence Awards.’

The closing for the awards is at midnight on November 21 after which all entries will be judged by a panel of judges.

A shortlist for the 15 categories will then be announced by The News and on our website.

To enter this years awards, go to jpsouthevents.co.uk where a nomination form, the rules and criteria can be downloaded.

Alternatively, send a brief e-mail to businessawards@thenews.co.uk and we will send a pack to you.

You can also request one to be posted by calling (023) 9262 2206 or (023) 9262 2202.

The awards night is on March 6, 2015 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

The categories

Overall Business of the Year – sponsored by Verisona Law

Large Business of the Year – sponsored by Coffin Mew Solicitors

Small/Medium Business of the Year – sponsored by The Car Finance Company

Start-Up Business of the Year – sponsored by Gemma Lighting Ltd

Business Personality/Achievement of the Year – sponsored by Menzies LLP

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Team of the Year

International Development of the Year

Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Snows BMW & Mini

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Douglas Stafford

Innovation of the Year – sponsored by Innovation Space, University of Portsmouth

Community Contribution – sponsored by JSPC Computer Services

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure – Barrakav Properties

Customer Service Award – Dynamite Recruitment

Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by BAE Systems