Short list to be unveiled this week

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THE short-listed firms for this year’s Business Excellence Awards, run by The News, will be revealed on Thursday.

Our eight-page supplement will show off the best and the brightest of the businesses in our area.

This year the awards feature Apprentice of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Start-up of the year and we have a category for Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure.

We have also combined our previous categories of Business Personality and Achiever of the Year into one.

Our Community Contribution category has expanded to include firms which have been dedicated to improving their green credentials.

And for the first time, each of the winners in our 12 categories will go head to head for the chance to be crowned overall Business of the Year.

Each winner will also be entered into the Southern Business Awards.