Rutland Radio's Rob Persani returns as host for our 14th Mercury Business Awards
Nominations are still coming in for our 14th Mercury Business Awards, which will be hosted for the third time by Rutland Radio’s breakfast presenter Rob Persani.
The Mercury Business Awards are the biggest of their kind in the Stamford, Bourne and Rutland area and for the last two years, under the ownership of Iliffe Media, have grown substantially. This year we have InvestSK as our headline sponsor and we are also delighted to be announcing the return of Rob Persani as the host of the event.
Rob has hosted the event for the last two years and said he was "privileged" to be returning, adding: "It feels like coming home."
There will be 10 awards up for grabs so there’s really something for every business across the area to get their teeth into.
The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony and we are delighted to annouce that this ceremony will once again be held at Greetham Valley - our long-standing event partners.
On our dedicated award website, readers and businesses can fill out a simple nomination form. From there, a comprehensive nomination pack will be sent to the nominated businesses and these must be filled out and returned to our events and sponsorship coordinator Sharron Marriott before the businesses are eligible for the next stage in the process.
A panel of judges will consider all the applications and draw up a shortlist of three in each category.
Each of these three businesses will then be invited to the ceremony on Friday, September 20, which will include a three-course meal and promises to be a fantastic night.
Kerry Coupe, editor of the Mercury, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back Rob Persani as host of the Mercury Business Awards as we know he’s as passionate about shining the spotlight on successful local businesses as we are.
“We’re really excited to see what businesses come forward this year so keep those nominations flooding in.”
Tickets to the Mercury Business Awards 2019 will soon be on sale and if you want to find out more about ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities, or more details on how to enter, just e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARDS CATEGORIES AND SPONSORSHIP
Best New Start-Up (sponsored by Hegarty Solicitors LLP)
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. This award is open to companies in business for up to three years from the date of the launch (Friday, April 5, 2019).
Employee/Team of the Year
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 to the company they work for.
Best Independent Retailer (sponsored by Oldrids & Downtown)
This award celebrates the shops which truly make the Mercury area special and will be judged on financial performance, product and store innovation as well as excellent customer service.
Business Innovation (sponsored by Alltech)
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 the prospects of the company.
Businessperson of the Year (Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis)
The winner will be an individual who stands out from the crowd, has an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them. The winner of this award will have been instrumental to the success of their business, growing the reputation of both their business and the area in which they operate.
Customer Care (Sponsored by Bluebird Care)
This award will recognise the firm, irrespective of size or sector, 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? The organisation must have objectives for high quality customer service and clear methods of monitoring and evaluating standards.
Best Social Enterprise
This award is open to charities and social enterprises which can demonstrate significant commercial and social impact of their activities.
Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organisation.
Great Taste Award
This award is for a local hotel, restaurant, cafe, takeaway or pub that can demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining and food in the Rutland and Stamford Mercury readership area.
Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by Greetham Valley Hotel)
This award is open to a business trading for more than three years with up to 20 employees and which is able to demonstrate excellence and innovation in its field, management with the ability to drive the business forward and funding arrangements and investment plans for the future of the business. It must show it understands its market, has arrangements to respond to change and can demonstrate why the business should win.
Large Business of the Year (Sponsored by Chattertons)
This award is open to a business trading for more than three years with more than 20 employees that can show evidence of business growth, a commitment to the local community, a business strategy and vision for the next three to five years, proven success and achievement during the past two years, management with the ability to drive the business forward and a genuine commitment to its staff.
The event is also supported by our associate sponsors: Viking Signs, Greensleaves Florist, Moore Thompson and Welland Vale
HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION
Any business within the Mercury’s news coverage area - which includes Stamford and the Deepings, Bourne, Rutland and surrounding villages - can enter from now until the deadline of 5pm on Friday, June 21, 2019. Complete nomination packs must be returned by Friday, June 28, 2019.
Businesses can enter a maximum of three categories and readers can also put forward businesses, giving as much information as possible.
The entry form is at www.mercurybusinessawards.co.uk
After the closing date, the judging panel will shortlist three finalists in each category. The three finalists will be visited by the judges before the winner is revealed at the awards on September 20.
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