The long silence is over. Ribble Valley Business Awards 2018 is here!
·Nominations: open at 9am on Thursday July 19th and close at 9am Thursday August 23rd. You can nominate your own business or as many other local businesses as you like for the Beacon Award by visiting the Nominations page of theRibble Valley Business Awards website, which will magically become visible and usable next Thursday.
·How to enter: every business that is nominated will be contacted and sent an entry form. You complete that, choose which categories you want to enter and send it back to us.
·Entry Deadline: midnight on Thursday August 30th.
·Finalists: announced on Thursday September 13th.
·Ceremony: the evening of Thursday October 11th at Stirk House Gisburn.
Here is a summary of the categories you can enter this year. You can only nominate a business for the Beacon Award, the Customer Friendly Business Award (if you are a customer of the business you are nominating) – the nominated business then decides which categories they wish to enter when completing the entry form. There is a separate nomination for Pride of Ribble Valley, as businesses are not eligible for it.
·Beacon Award: this is the award for the overall winner of Ribble Valley Business Awards 2018 – it will be awarded to the most inspirational entry we receive.
·Medium to Large Business (sponsored by Forbes Solicitors): for businesses with more than 20 employees.
·Small Business (sponsored by Harrison Drury): for businesses with between 6 and 19 employees.
·MicroBusiness (sponsored by Evans Accountants): for businesses with between 2 and 5 employees.
·Sole Trader (sponsored by Boundless Communications): for businesses with 1 employee, the owner!
·New Business (sponsored by Silverwoods Waste Management): for businesses that have started trading since April 1st 2017.
·Made in Ribble Valley (sponsored by Houldsworth’s Solicitors): for businesses with a unique product, service or process that has given them a ‘wow’ factor that has ensured success.
·Customer Friendly Business (sponsored by Clitheroe Chamber): we will only accept customer nominations for this category, as it celebrates businesses with the best customer service.
·Independent Retailer (sponsored by FS Accountants): this is for physical and/or online independently owned retail businesses.
·Not for Profit Award (sponsored by Community Futures):this is for not for profit businesses, social enterprises and charities.
·Pride of Ribble Valley (sponsored by Enterprising People):this is for individuals, clubs, associations etc that do something special for Ribble Valley.
·Creative Business (sponsored by The Grand Clitheroe):this is for businesses that use their creative skills and talents to build sustainable success.
·Innovation Award (sponsored by DSM Chartered Accountants):this is for businesses that have turned their ideas into sustainable success.
·B2B Business (sponsored by Lancashire Business View):this is for businesses that mainly trade with other businesses.
·Artisan Business (sponsored by lovelocalnetworking):this is for businesses that make by hand or by traditional means.
·Food Business (sponsored by Napthens Solicitors):this is for businesses that make and/or serve food and/or drink.
The Tourism Business and Rural Business Awards have been rested this year.
You will have noticed that this year’s ceremony has moved from Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Club to Stirk House. We are extremely grateful to Mytton Fold, who hosted the ceremony for three years and did a wonderful job – we wholehearted recommend them to anyone looking for a venue in Ribble Valley. It was always our intention to move the Ceremony around Ribble Valley, to showcase different towns and places, so this year we have moved to Stirk House.
It is still possible to sponsor this year’s ceremony – prices start at £250. Please contact me if you are interested.