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Hard work starts as judges set about shortlisting Mercury Business Awards finalists from record number of entries

The hard work starts now for our judges as the Mercury team celebrate another record year of entries into our annual Business Awards.

This year we mark our 13th annual event but it won’t be unlucky for our 10 winners who will find out at a glittering awards ceremony at Greetham Valley Hotel on Friday, September 21, if they’ve picked up a prize!

The closing date for entries was last Friday and we had received a whopping 175 nominations.

Now our team of judges, made up of business people from across the community, face the daunting task of sifting through the entries to select their final three in each of the 10 categories.

The successful finalists will be announced in the Mercury on Friday, July 13, and will be interviewed by judges in the four weeks following.

Sharron Marriott, events and sponsorship coordinator said “We’re thrilled to be reporting another record-breaking year.

“Although now in our 13th year, the Mercury Business Awards continue to grow and are better supported by local businesses every time. It just goes to show how well thought of and respected they are.

“With such a high volume of entries our judges have a particularly hard task ahead of them to whittle them down to three in each category. We’re looking forward to hearing who our finalists will be though!”

The 10 categories are: Best new start up (sponsored by Hegarty LLP); Employee/Team of the Year (sponsored by Landmark IFA); Business Innovation (Sponsored by Invest SK); Best Independent Retailer (Sponsored by Oldrids & Downtown); Businessperson of the Year (Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis); Customer Care (Sponsored by Bluebird Care); Best Social Enterprise or Not for Profit Organisation (Sponsored by Alltech); Great Taste Award (available for sponsorship); Business of the Year: Small (Sponsored by Greetham Valley Hotel) and Business of the Year: Large (Sponsored by Chattertons).

The three shortlisted businesses in each category will be invited to the award ceremony at Greetham on September 21, where there will be entertainment, a three-course meal and networking opportunities before Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani hosts the awards.

To find out more about the awards or for ticket inquiries, contact Sharron by e-mailing: sharron.marriott@iliffepublishing.co.uk or call

Find out more about the awards at www.mercurybusinessawards.co.uk

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