Boston Business Awards 2011 launched: Get voting!

this year's Boston Business Awards are officially launched on the Boston Belle. Last year's winners are pictured with a couple of the members of the organising committee. Included in the picture are Stephen Stray, editor of the Boston Standard; John Marshall, from Centrepoint Outreach; Becky Duff, Joshua Grant and Jonathan Fovargue, from Supreme Inns; Paul and Tracey Topliss, from the Mill Inn, Michael and Karen Kettle, from Marshlands Veterinary Centre; Iona Lebiedowicz, from PAB Translation Centre; Peter Jullien, Boston Borough Council; and Sarah Sims, from Boston Belle.  DD 080611011
this year's Boston Business Awards are officially launched on the Boston Belle. Last year's winners are pictured with a couple of the members of the organising committee. Included in the picture are Stephen Stray, editor of the Boston Standard; John Marshall, from Centrepoint Outreach; Becky Duff, Joshua Grant and Jonathan Fovargue, from Supreme Inns; Paul and Tracey Topliss, from the Mill Inn, Michael and Karen Kettle, from Marshlands Veterinary Centre; Iona Lebiedowicz, from PAB Translation Centre; Peter Jullien, Boston Borough Council; and Sarah Sims, from Boston Belle. DD 080611011

BUSINESSES in Boston are being given a chance to shine as the Boston Business Awards 2011 has been officially launched and we are calling on the town’s business men and women to celebrate local success stories.

Awaiting the shortlisted few is a glitzy awards ceremony held at Boston College’s De Montfort Campus in November as part of Boston Enterprise Week, a series of events designed to support local businesses and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

This will be the third year of the awards and organisers are hoping to build on past successes.

Organising committee member Martin Wright, relationship director at Natwest, said: “The awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to profile the success they have been enjoying. Too many people, especially locally, hide their success stories – we want to change that.”

He added: “We were delighted with the number of nominations last year and we had outstanding winners. We hope to increase the amount of people who come forward this time around.”

And there are plenty of opportunities for you to enter. Indeed, if you think you qualify for more than one category then feel free to enter more than once.

The awards to be won are:

Contribution to Boston Award (last year won by PAB Translation Centre): This award will be presented to the business that can best demonstrate how over the last 12 months it has successfully contributed to Boston. The business will need to explain what it has done and the effect it has had on Boston and the local community and how this has been recognised within the community as well as the business.

Best use of Innovation and Technology (last year won by Sportsbikeshop): This award will be presented to the business which has brought in new technology, new or improved processes or design most effectively with significant positive impact on the business and clients/customers.

Best Business of the Year (last year won by The Mill Inn): This award will be presented to the business that can best demonstrate year on year profitability, investment in staff, industry and/or technology.

New Business of the Year (Supreme Inns) This award will be presented to the best new business that has been trading for two years prior to the awards (November 17, 2011). The business will need to explain the concept of the business, what new developments have been made during trading, how it has overcome the challenges which it has faced and what plans it has for the future.

Customer Services (last year won by Marshlands Veterinary Centre): This award will be presented to the business which has delivered an excellent level of customer services voted for by the general public. Nominees are voted for through the Boston Standard and the final decision will be made on the number of nominations received.

Social Enterprise (last year won by Centrepoint Outreach): This award recognises businesses or organisations that have achieved a social or environmental purposes and can show what impact this has had on their business and what impact this has had on the community.

The Green Award (last year won by The White Hart): This award recognises local businesses or organisations that have improved its own environmental performance and also helped customers by developing products and services with a lower ecological footprint. It is open to a wide range of sectors including services, manufacturing, tourism, transport and agriculture. Key issues that will be taken into account include practical measures like energy saving, waste reduction and recycling and wildlife conservation as well as evidence of passion, commitment, good communication skills and innovation.

For more information and voting forms, visit our {http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/business/boston-business-awards,Boston Business Awards,Visit the Boston Business Awards page}

Closing date for entries is noon on September 30.

To make nominations for the Best Customer Service Award write to Boston Standard, 5-6 Church Lane, Boston, PE21 6ND or email stephen.stray@jpress.co.uk. Please include a short explanation for the nomination. Entries should be in by noon on August 24.

A shortlist of potential winners will then appear in The Standard for rearders to vote on.

Is your business booming, or maybe you have just got started?

If so, then why not get involved with Enterprise Week, which this year runs from November November 14-18.

The national event aims to get the business community and young people together to clebrate success and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Boston Business Awards is just one of a numbers of events organised to conincide with the week.