Shortlists revealed for Gainsborough Business Awards

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Judges have announced their final shortlist for this year’s Gainsborough Business Awards, highlighting success in the local economy.

The expert panel has narrowed down the applications with the winners to be revealed at the awards ceremony on Thursday, September 22.

Aleksandra Tusien, of event organiser Langleys Solicitors, said: “We are delighted to have received so many excellent entries from across all sectors and the judges have yet again had a difficult task of whittling down the entries in each category.

“We congratulate all those businesses and individuals who have been shortlisted and wish them every success on the night of the awards.”

Among the nominees for the business of the year title are: Lincs Electrical Wholesalers; packaging machinists AMP Rose; mobile leisure marketing specialists Kal Group; and Nationwide Traffic Solutions.

Andrew Johnson, of Lincs Electrical, is up for the business person of the year prize, alongside Richard Hill, of digital marketing specialists SEO Traffic Lab, and Andy Parkin, of Speed Screed.

Shortlisted in the best new business section are Blyton Dental on High Street, Corringham Road salon Sage Beauty, and drumBEAT Marketing UK.

Lincs Electrical are treble nominees, having also been shortlisted in the best customer service category, contending with permanent makeup artist Jody Knight and Emmalooos Coffee House, on Market Street.

Zara Burman, of Lea Wood Cattery, Rachael Lukey of legal firm Andrew Jay & Co, and Tanisha Walker, of Allsop Commercial Services, will be hoping to win apprentice of the year honour, while there are two double nominees for the best use of innovation/technology prize, with AMP Rose going head-to-head with agriculture firm Woldgrain Storage.

Woldgrain is also shortlisted for the small business of the year honour, alongside SEO Traffic Lab and Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop.

Uncle Henry’s is also in the running for the outstanding contribution to the community prize, but faces stiff competition from the Scotter Ward palliative care unit at John Coupland Hospital.

The black tie awards event, hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior at The White Heather, will include dinner and entertainment.

Last year’s event raised £600 for charity, and the organisers have chosen Scotter Ward to benefit in 2016.

n For ticket details, visit www.gainsboroughbusinessawards.com