The wraps come off the 2013 Shropshire Business Awards today, as the annual showpiece event is launched.
Shropshire Chamber of Commerce has today revealed details of the awards, which will be held in Telford’s International Centre’s new Ludlow Suite on June 14 next year, and will be attended by as many as 750 people.
The event gives Shropshire companies the opportunity to show off all that sets them apart in business, that raises them above the norm, in the grand ceremony that comes with the presentation of the yearly awards.
Chamber managing director Richard Sheehan said: “The Shropshire Business Awards has become an integral part of the business calendar of the county.
“This is the single biggest business event held in Shropshire each year, where companies of all shapes and sizes come together in a joint celebration of all that is good for our county.”
A website will go online soon, detailing the categories open for entry at the awards, while the Chamber has also launched a drive to encourage companies to sponsor a section.
Mr Sheehan added: “The evening presents an opportunity to showcase our county, but also for businesses to directly support the event through sponsorship of awards and other means.
“Feedback from 2012 has been very positive, with sponsors seeing real value from the exposure given in return for their support, and with award winners and shortlisted companies reporting a significant boost in morale within their organisations.”
Last year’s awards saw hundreds of people come together to celebrate the best in Shropshire business.
Oswestry-based Natural Welsh Water scooped the top Company of the Year award, joining Lyreco, McConnell, SP Holding and McPhillips in the roster of previous winners.
Grocontinental won the awards for outstanding customer service and business in the community, Base Architects landed the prize for managing change, Fabweld won the training and development award, and Bronze Labs came out on top in the technology, enterprise and innovation category.
Mr Sheehan added: “Over the last 12 years of business awards ceremonies it has been very clear that this is not just about businesses being recognised as success stories – it’s about business owners recognising the success that their employees bring, and as such we would urge every Shropshire business to get involved.
“We are looking forward to a great event next June 14.”