STARS of local business and television are to come together for evening of celebrating the area’s entrepreneurs as The Gainsborough Business Awards return for a second year.
Last year’s awards were a huge success, with the Gainsborough Standard sponsoring the Best Customer Service Award - won by Trent Valley Academy.
Other big winners on the night were Freewatt Renewable Energy, Burton and Dyson Solicitors, Eminox Ltd, and Smiffy’s.
But this year’s awards are set to be bigger and better than ever, featuring a special appearance from Stuart Bagg’s - star of last year’s The Apprentice on BBC1.
“Over 188 people attended last year’s awards, which is very impressive for a first-time event,” said Kelly Taylor from Langley’s Solicitors who are organising the awards. “We received some great feedback and we’re hoping that this year’s awards will be bigger and better than ever.”
“In 2010 the awards raised £1,700 for the charity Young Enterprise who are now going into local schools and teaching business skills. This year, proceeds will be going to College House.”
Kelly continued: “I think that’s it’s really important to celebrate Gainsborough businesses because it’s quite a small town and the strength and breadth of businesses based there is often overlooked.”
She added: “Stuart Baggs will be our guest speaker, which should be entertaining if nothing else!”
Standard editor Chris Burton said it was both a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in recognising Gainsborough’s talented business people.
“We at the Gainsborough Standard are proud to be a paper at the heart of the community that serves the local readership by tending to the issues that matter to you,” he said.
“Therefore, we couldn’t be more delighted to be involved in celebrating the passion, dedication, skills and success of business men and women from in and around the area.”
He continued: “Each and every day, your Standard report on the latest developments and achievements of local businesses, and it is no secret that Gainsborough is an area brimming with entrepreneurial talent.”
“To be sponsoring the Best Customer Service Award once again means everything. We understand the importance of good customer care and this award seemed the natural choice for us.”
He added: “Now, we need readers and local businesses to take this golden opportunity to tell us all about the good work they are doing each and every day.”
Others sponsors include Langley’s Solicitors, Idea Fuel Creative, Gainsborough College, West Lindsey District Council, White and Co and Connell’s Florists.
To nominate a business in the Best Customer Service Award Category just fill out the coupon INSIDE THIS WEEK’S GAINSBOROUGH STANDARD and drop it into our offices at 5-7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP.
For more information and how to nominate for all other categories, visit www.gainsboroughbusinessawards.com .