University of Portsmouth backs positivity of The News Business Excellence Awards

THE University of Portsmouth is once more playing a leading role in shining a light on the ‘excellent’ businesses and businesses people across the region.
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With the launch of The News Business Excellence Awards 2023 last week, it is the university’s Business School which has returned as headline sponsor for the glittering event. The school’s backing is instrumental in making the awards an outstanding success – and it also provides an exciting opportunity for its own mission to encourage enterprise and innovation, according to Professor Jeremy Howells.

The deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation & external relations said: ‘I know the positive impact the Business School has had on our city, educating many of our local business leaders, engaging with businesses of all sizes and sectors, offering support with government grants and training initiatives, providing access to experts and our talented students, as well as hosting networking events and open days. It feels only right to continue this positivity by sponsoring these awards, which shines a light on our excellent businesses and business people, and to share their success stories.’

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The awards are a highlight of the south coast’s business calendar and, after a couple of years of pandemic disruption, are back in their traditional February date at The Guildhall in Portsmouth. Businesses of all sizes and sectors - along with the individuals who make them a success - are invited to send in their nominations in what is our 21st year of recognising, rewarding and celebrating success in Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

Professor Jeremy Howells, far left,  from the University of Portsmouth, at last year's The News Business Excellence Awards presenting the Sustainable Business of the Year Award to Sam Woodman, David Williams, Kirstie Higgins-Day, and Sara Howden from Wightlink.

Picture: Sarah StandingProfessor Jeremy Howells, far left,  from the University of Portsmouth, at last year's The News Business Excellence Awards presenting the Sustainable Business of the Year Award to Sam Woodman, David Williams, Kirstie Higgins-Day, and Sara Howden from Wightlink.

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Professor Jeremy Howells, far left, from the University of Portsmouth, at last year's The News Business Excellence Awards presenting the Sustainable Business of the Year Award to Sam Woodman, David Williams, Kirstie Higgins-Day, and Sara Howden from Wightlink. Picture: Sarah Standing

Alongside the University of Portsmouth Business School as headline sponsor, The News is also looking for backers for each of the categories. Already signed up and showing their own support as category sponsors are Nexus Independent Financial Advisors and Havant and South Downs College.

Categories for the awards include start-up, small, medium and large businesses of the year. Judges will also be welcoming entries for the businesses doing most to be sustainable and those supporting their local communities along with global, retail, manufacturing/engineering leisure/culture, visitor attraction/event.

The awards will also celebrate the best company to work for through Employer of the Year, along with individual categories of entrepreneur, young entrepreneur and trainee/apprentice.

For more information go to portsmouthbusinessexcellence.co.uk.