The Post launches its annual business awards
The Post is proud and delighted to be once again launching its prestigious annual Business Awards. Business editor Michael Ribbeck reports
Now in its seventh year the awards night has become the best supported and most sought after event of its kind in the city. This year the annual event will be bigger and better than ever, with more awards along with high profile speakers at the event itself.
TV presenter Valerie Singleton, pictured, will host the event and key speakers from the business community will also be attending .
The event is aimed squarely at the business community. The competition honours the work of the men and women who do more than most to help to make Bristol such a great place to live and work.
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The awards will be handed out to the winners at a special gala dinner which is being held in June at Brunel’s Passenger shed in the heart of the emerging Enterprise Zone. Enterprise and recovery will be the theme of this year’s awards.
which celebrate the achievements of the business community in Bristol and the surrounding area.
Hundreds of people from every sector and profession are expected to attend the gala night.
From this week businesses and organisations trading in Bristol and the surrounding are can enter the awards through our special internet page.
Last year internet firm and app design specialist Mubaloo won the overall Business of the Year Award and developer turned Green campaigner John Pontin was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Each year the competition has grown in size and stature and 2013 is expected to be the biggest and best in the award’s seven year history.
Sarah Pullen, managing director for Bristol News and Media, the company which publishes The Post and its sister paper The Western Daily Press, will be chairing the panel of judges who will have the unenviable task of trying to choose the winners.
Ms Pullen said: “Having just arrived at Bristol News and Media this will be the first time I will be involved in The Post Business Awards and I cannot wait to get started. The aim this year is to celebrate every- thing that is best about the business community in this great city and we are going all out to make our awards bigger and better than ever.”
She added: “One of the great things about Bristol and the surrounding area is the strength and depth of its business sector. There are thousands of businesses out there of every shape and size and they are at the very core of what makes Bristol such a fantastic and thriving city.
“Bristol has a rich tradition of trade and commerce which has built up over many centuries and the entrepreneurial spirit is a major part of the city’s character and nature.”
Ms Pullen added: “Business is at the very heart of the city and without the efforts and hard work of the business community Bristol would be a much lesser place.
“I cannot wait to get involved in the judging process as it will give me a chance to meet some of the great characters and unsung heroes of the business community and learn about the work that they do.
“Everyone at The Post is incredibly proud of the achievements of the business community and it is right that they are publicly acknowledged and praised with our awards.
“There are some great stories to be told about the successes of the business community and our awards are a great chance to give these success stories some much deserved praise and recognition.”
People and organisations can enter in eight separate categories and a special lifetime achievement award will also be handed out on the evening to one of the city’s leading businessmen or women in recognition of their unique contribution to the city.
Previous winners of the prestigious honour have included architect and current mayor George Ferguson and bus operator and leading businessman Trevor Smallwood.
As well as entering your own organisation, people can nominate suitable winners by completing the online form and submitting it direct to us. The competition is now open to all entries and the closing date for entries will be the end of April. The panel of judges will meet throughout May and a shortlist will announced in the run up to the event.
A special 24-page supplement highlighting the achievements of the runners-up and the eventual winners will be published in The Post. Reports from the event itself along with pictures will also be published in the supplement and online.
Throughout the competition we will be publishing profiles of firms which have entered along with special reports on the sponsors of the various awards.
Mark Mason, chief executive and founder of Mubaloo, said winning the award gave his company a major boost and increased its profile.
He added: “We were absolutely thrilled to have won the award and it was great to get the recognition from our business peers in the city.
“It was a great feeling that all the hard work and effort that we have put in over the last three years was recognised in this way. We are proud of what we have achieved and we are proud that we are based in this great city. We have got plans to grow nationally and internationally but Bristol is where our heart is and Bristol is where we will stay.”