Enter Mercury Business Awards 2013 online

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You can now enter the Mercury Business Awards online.

There are seven categories to choose from thanks to our sponsors; Hegarty LLP Solicitors; Duncan and Toplis; Viking Signs, South Kesteven District Council, and Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre.

Note: Nominations for the 2013 awards are now closed.

The business awards gala dinner will be on Thursday May 23, 2013, at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre. The closing deadline for entries is April 5.

The competition is open to companies based within the circulation area of the Mercury which covers Stamford, the Deepings, Rutland and Bourne and their surroundings.

You can also enter by filling in a coupon in the newspaper or by e-mailing the newsdesk. Please indicate which categories you wish to enter and we will send you an application form which you will then need to fill in.

Best New Start-up

Sponsored by Hegarty LLP Solicitors. Has your business been a roaring success in its infancy? Has it exceeded all your expectations or is it exactly on the right track, looking strong and with excellent prospects for the future? You may be a one-man band already looking to expand, or you may have started at a larger scale and already proved your ideas would work. Open to companies in business for up to three years from the date of the launch of the competition. (March 1,2013)

Customer Care Award

This award will recognise the firm that can prove the customer really does come first. Has your business excelled itself to help one customer in particular or have you introduced new ways of working to help every customer who comes through the door?

Employee or Team of the Year

This award is to celebrate dedication and commitment to business. The title will go to the employee or team who always go the extra mile and exceed expectations within their company. The judges will be looking for an employee or team who can demonstrate how their attitude, commitment and dedication to their job has delivered significant benefits to their organisation.

Business of the Year

Sponsored by Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, the Business of the Year will have to demonstrate it has had a year to celebrate. The winning business will be able to show excellence in operations and performance, continuous improvement and have a clear vision for the years ahead. The winner will obviously have to be able to demonstrate good profit and good policies towards its people and customers.

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis, this award is in recognition of an exceptional individual whose effort and determination over time has made an exceptional contribution to not just a business, but the wider community. We are looking for someone who has set and maintained high standards throughout their working life and can be held up as an example for the younger generation.

Business Innovation

Sponsored by South Kesteven District Council, this award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate an ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the company.

Best Independent Retailer

This category is open to all independent shops with fewer than three branches and at least one must be within the Mercury circulation area. Our judges will only travel to to a branch within the Mercury circulation area as part of the judging process. Entrants must not be part of a larger group or chain.

Community Champions

This category has been withdrawn.