Entries are now open for the Somerset Business Awards 2023 and those looking for some tips on how to clinch a top trophy are being encouraged to take part in an online ‘how to enter’ workshop next month.
Judges, sponsors and former winners will lead the workshop on October 19 to give would-be entrants an insight into what makes an entry potentially award-winning.
They will also be able to hear about a new award for 2023 – Apprentice of the Year – and the new criteria for the hotly-contested Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year Awards.
The awards are the county’s biggest and most prestigious annual business awards and are organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the very best of the county’s businesses.
They are free to enter and businesses do not need to be a member of the Chamber to take part. Once again, leading accountancy firm Albert Goodman will be the main sponsor, with the awards culminating in a gala final on March 24.
Michael Cahill, a Partner at Albert Goodman, said: “The Somerset Business Awards are a brilliant opportunity to showcase everything that is fantastic about your business.
“Over our many years as main sponsor, we’ve seen some excellent business enter the awards and then go on to even greater things. Entering the awards is a great chance to boost your profile, boost staff morale and ultimately boost your business.”
Businesses have until November 25 to submit their entries via the Somerset Business Awards website at www.somersetbusinessawards.org.uk. Full details of the ‘how to enter’ online workshop can be found on Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s website at https://www.somerset-chamber.co.uk/.
Emma Rawlings, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said: “I am grateful for the sponsorship of so many of Somerset’s leading businesses who, like me, are keen to celebrate Somerset’s incredible business community, especially when so many are working exceptionally hard to tackle today’s challenging business conditions.
“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.”
Awards this year are:
- Small Business of the Year (turnover up to £0.5 million) sponsored by Enterprise South West
- Medium Business of the Year (turnover up to £6 million) sponsored by Higos Insurance Services
- Large Business of the Year (turnover over £6 million) sponsored by Brook Financial
- Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year Award
- Best Use of Technology Award sponsored by Porter Dodson
- Charity of the Year Award sponsored by Clarke Willmott
- Employer of the Year sponsored by Elite Staffing Solutions
- Investing in Somerset Award sponsored by Hinkley Point C
- Start-up of the Year Award sponsored by Teapot Creative
- Apprentice of the Award (new award) sponsored by Weston College
- Environmental Achievement Award sponsored by Gravity
- Service Excellence Award sponsored by Stephens Scown
- Somerset Manufacturer and Producer Award sponsored by SRD Technology UK
- Rebuild and Thrive Award sponsored by Barclays UK
“We would also like to thank our media sponsors Newsquest and the Somerset County Gazette Series and Global,” added Mrs Rawlings.