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Just two weeks left to make sure you're in running for Mercury Business Awards

Mercury Business Awards winners (2446710)
Mercury Business Awards winners (2446710)

There are just two weeks left to make sure you’re in the running for this year’s Mercury Business Awards.

All nominations must be received by the Mercury’s events and sponsorship coordinator Sharron Marriott by 5pm on Friday, June 22 - two weeks today.

You can enter at www.mercurybusinessawards.co.uk.

Sharron said: “When we launched our search for the Mercury Business Awards winners 2018 a couple of months ago, I was determined to better last year’s fantastic success.

“Already, we’ve had an amazing response but we know of dozens of businesses across the Mercury area that have not yet entered - and you’ve still got time.

“The Mercury Business Awards is the most well-established event of its kind in the area and just to be in the running for an award is a huge honour and brings many benefits in the run-up to the event, not just the night


“It’s a great chance to recognise your hard working staff and raise the profile of your company in the local area, so make sure you’re involved by entering


It’s not just businesses that can put themselves forward. Readers that have had an outstanding experience with a local business can also put them forward for the recognition they


After the closing date, the judging panel - which is made up of professionals from across our category sponsor businesses - will shortlist three businesses in each category.

The shortlist will be revealed by the Mercury in July - so keep an eye on the paper if you’ve put yourself forward!

Those three shortlisted businesses will then be visited by the judges before the winner is revealed during the glittering award ceremony at Greetham Valley on September 21, where there will be entertainment, a three-course meal and networking opportunities before Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani hosts the awards.

Sharron said: “We are particularly seeking entrants in the large business of the year category; great taste and business innovation.

“In past years, we’ve had some amazing businesses win in these categories so why not add your firm’s name to the roll of honour?”

Anyone that’s unsure about entering and would like some more guidance is welcome to contact Sharron by e-mailing: sharron.marriott@iliffepublishing.co.uk or calling 07393754539.

n This year’s awards ceremony will take place at a gala dinner at Greetham Valley Hotel on September 21 - our long standing event


Find out more and put yourself forward today at www.mercurybusinessawards.co.uk.


Best new start up (sponsored by Hegarty 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 6, 2018).

Employee/Team of the Year (sponsored by Landmark IFA)

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


Business Innovation (Sponsored by Invest SK)

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.

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


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.

Custo-mer 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 or Not for Profit Organisation (Sponsored by Alltech)

New for last year, this was an extremely popular award so makes its return for 2018. It is open to charities and social enterprises which can demonstrate significant commercial and social impact of their


Judges will want to see clear evidence of commercial awareness and innovative strategies that complement the altruistic aims of the organisation.

Great Taste Award (Sponsored by Normanton Park Hotel)

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.

Business of the Year: Small (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.

Business of the Year: Large (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.


Any business within the Mercury’s news coverage area can enter until the deadline of 5pm on June 22, 2018.

Businesses can enter a maximum of three categories and readers can also put forward businesses.

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