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READY TO GO Editor of The News, Mark Waldron, and head of communications for BAE Systems, Cat Thurogood,  at the launch of The News' Business Excellence Awards last night. Picture: Mick Young (132821-07)
READY TO GO Editor of The News, Mark Waldron, and head of communications for BAE Systems, Cat Thurogood, at the launch of The News' Business Excellence Awards last night. Picture: Mick Young (132821-07)
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SOME of the main movers and shakers of the business world gathered in Portsmouth last night for the launch of The News’ Business Excellence Awards 2013.

For more than a decade, the awards have been helping companies from Petersfield to Park Gate, and from Emsworth to Eastney, celebrate their triumphs.

The News’ editor, Mark Waldron, launched the awards at the paper’s new home at the Lakeside 1000 business park, North Harbour.

He said: ‘The News sets its stall out to be fully immersed in the communities we cover.

‘It is not simply about providing readers with the news and information they need but also about rolling our sleeves up – standing up for our readers and giving them a voice.

‘And it is vital we shout about the great things that are happening in our area and make people proud about where they live.

‘We champion many areas of local life – and one of those is through our Business Excellence Awards.’

The awards’ main sponsor, for the fourth year, is BAE Systems Maritime Services.

The firm’s head of communications, Cat Thurogood, said: ‘The event is one of the highlights of the business calendar in the region as it is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to come together and celebrate success.

‘BAE Systems prides itself on playing an active role in the local communities in which we operate, and being part of the business community here in Portsmouth is something that is really important to us.

‘In recent years, the quality of nominations as well as award winners has been tremendous and I’m sure this trend will definitely continue to shine through at the 2014 awards.

‘I wish all entrants the very best of luck.’

To get a nomination form, e-mail businessawards@thenews.co.uk and send it back by November 29.