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We have launched the 11th annual Mercury Business Awards to give firms across the area the chance to shout about their successes.

The awards are all about celebrating success, whether yours is a one-man company or a mammoth in the business world.

There are 10 categories to enter this year, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors Hegarty LLP, South Kesteven District Council, Larkfleet Group of Companies, Bulley Davey, Duncan and Toplis, Greetham Valley and Viking Signs.

New for this year is the Great Taste Award, which will recognise a local hotel, restaurant, cafe or pub that can demonstrate a top quality dining experience and outstanding 
customer service.

The awards will be given out at a glittering gala dinner to be held at the Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre in Wood Lane, Greetham, on Friday, May 20.

They will once again be hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire host Melvyn Prior.

Mercury editor Mark Edwards said: “It’s our great pleasure and privilege to reflect some of the many outstanding success stories achieved by businesses in Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings.

“The Mercury Business Awards are designed to celebrate the hard work, professionalism and achievement of the area’s businesses and the people who work for them, so it is well worth taking the time to put your company forward for one of our accolades.

“And the awards evening is always a fantastic night to remember and to celebrate your achievements with your team. We are really excited to unveil a new category this year in the Great Taste Award. We know there are fantastic places to eat across Stamford, Bourne, Rutland and the Deepings and it’s time they were celebrated at our Mercury Business Awards.”

To enter or nominate click here

Here it will give you all the details on how you can download an application pack if you are entering or make a nomination if you are, well, nominating!

A judging panel will consider all applications and select three finalists per category.

Shortlisted entrants will receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner and awards, where the winners and runners-up will be unveiled.

You can also get involved in the Mercury Business Awards by sponsoring one of our fantastic categories. To find out more, speak to our events manager Linda Pritchard on 01664 412526 or e-mail her.

The categories

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 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 (Friday, February 12,

2016).

Best Independent Retailer

Available for sponsorship

This award celebrates the shops which make the Mercury area special and will be judged on financial performance, product and store innovation as well as proven customer service.

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 improve commercial performance or prospects of the company.

Green Achievement

Sponsored by Larkfleet Group of Companies

This award, which was launched last year and was a huge success, will go to the organisation which has demonstrated the greatest commitment to improving its carbon footprint. The judges will be looking at waste reduction or recycling, alternative fuels, energy conservation and resource management.

Great Taste Award

Available for sponsorship

This award is for a local hotel, restaurant, café or pub that can demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining/food in the Mercury area.

Employee/Team of the Year

Sponsored by Bulley Davey

This award is to celebrate dedication and commitment to the 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.

Customer Care Available for sponsorship

This award will recognise the firm that can prove it really does put the customer first. Has your business excelled to help one customer in particular or perhaps you have introduced new ways of working to help every customer?

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis

This award is to recognise an exceptional individual whose effort and determination over time has made an exceptional contribution not just to the business but to the wider community.

Small Business of the Year

Sponsored jointly by Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre and by Viking Signs

This will go to a small business trading for more than three years that employs between one and 25 people and which is able to demonstrate excellence and innovation in its field, management with the ability to

drive the business forward, funding arrangements and investment plans for the business. It must show it understands its market, has arrangements to respond to change and can demonstrate and quantify why the business should win.

Established Business of the Year

Sponsored jointly by Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre and by Viking Signs

This will be a business trading for more than three years with more than 25 employees that can show evidence of business growth, a commitment to the local community including job creation, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement during the past two years and management with the ability to drive the business forward.