Entries open tomorrow (Thursday, September 16) for the Somerset Business Awards 2022 and local BBC journalist and broadcaster Claire Carter has been confirmed as the host of the grand final.
Businesses have until December 3 to submit their entries via the Somerset Business Awards website at www.somersetbusinessawards.org.uk. There are two new categories – Employee of the Year and the Rebuild and Thrive Award – as well as awards for companies of all sizes and from all sectors.
The awards are the county’s biggest and most prestigious annual business awards which are organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the very best of the county’s businesses.
Claire (pictured), who has presented BBC Somerset’s Breakfast Show for the last four years, hosted the first virtual Somerset Business Awards final earlier this year and will be returning to host in-person on finals night at Weston-super-Mare’s Winter Pavilion on March 11 next year.
Now in their 17th year, the awards are free to enter and businesses do not need to be a member of Somerset Chamber to take part. There is also no limit on the number of categories businesses can enter.
Awards this year are:
- Small Business of the Year (1-5 employees)
- Medium Business of the Year (6-25 employees)
- Large Business of the Year (26+ employees)
- Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year Award
- Best Use of Technology Award
- Charity of the Year Award
- Employer of the Year
- Investing in Somerset Award
- Start-up of the Year Award
- Employee of the Year Award (new award)
- Environmental Achievement Award
- Service Excellence Award
- Somerset Manufacturer and Producer Award
- Rebuild and Thrive Award (new award)
Alistair Tudor, Operations Manager of Somerset Chamber, said he hoped firms would welcome the chance to celebrate their achievements: “I am grateful for the sponsorship of so many of Somerset’s leading businesses who, like me, are keen to celebrate everything that is great in the county, especially when so many have companies have worked so hard to rebuild and recover from the challenges of the last 18 months.
“The Somerset Business Awards covers all business sectors across a wide range of categories and I would encourage all local businesses to enter the awards to share their own success stories and celebrate their achievements.”
Sponsors confirmed for the 2022 awards include main sponsor Albert Goodman plus category sponsors Enterprise South West, Brook Financial, PKF Francis Clark, Porter Dodson, Hinkley Point C, Weston College, CETSAT, Garador, Gravity, Heart, Newsquest, Clarke Willmott, Elite Staffing Solutions, Teapot Creative and Barclays UK.
More information about the awards is available on the website www.somersetbusinessawards.org.uk, while updates will also be posted on the official business awards social media accounts.