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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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