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Businesses invited to ‘unmask their excellence’ at awards launch!

10 May 2016

Businesses in Bridgend County Borough are being given the opportunity to ‘unmask their excellence’ at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2016.

BBC TV presenter and journalist, Sian Lloyd, joined members of the local business community at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch recently, to launch the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2016, sponsored by Rockwool UK.

Organised by Bridgend Business Forum and supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, the launch event was well-attended by local businesses, sponsors and supporters of these prestigious business awards which have become a much anticipated event in the business calendar.

Businesses in Bridgend County Borough have the opportunity to enter the following eight categories:-

  • Business Student of the Year
  • Start-up Business of the Year - sponsored by Graham Paul Chartered Accountants
  • Service Business of the Year – sponsored by Handelsbanken
  • Manufacturing Business of the Year - sponsored by Berry Smith Lawyers
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Finance Wales
  • Bridgend Tourism Business of the Year
  • Creative Industries Award – sponsored by Bridgend College
  • Innovative Business of the Year

An overall winner will be drawn from the leader of each category and will receive the Bridgend Business of the Year 2016 award, sponsored by Rockwool UK.

A panel of judges will shortlist to three potential winners, with the overall winners announced at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards ceremony and gala dinner, which will be held at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch on Friday 23 September 2016.

All businesses based in Bridgend County Borough are eligible to enter and have until Friday 8 July 2016 to apply.

Ian Jessopp, Chair of Bridgend Business Forum said: “This is the fourth year the forum has organised this competition, and celebrating excellence remains at the heart of the Bridgend Business Forum Awards.

“Business owners and managers have to work hard to keep ahead of the competition, and the peer to peer endorsement that comes from winning one of these awards really can make the difference when it comes to securing new customers and winning new business.

“We strongly urge organisations of any size and stature to get involved in this year’s awards, either by submitting an application or sponsoring a category – many past winners and supporters have acknowledged the results as enormously beneficial.

Head of Public Affairs at ROCKWOOL UK, Ólöf Jónsdóttir, said: “ROCKWOOL UK is proud to sponsor this year’s Bridgend Business Forum Awards, which are a fantastic celebration of the inspiring individuals and businesses in our local community. We would like to wish all entrants the best of luck and look forward to meeting the winners at the ceremony in September.”

The 2016 award sponsors include, ROCKWOOL UK, Berry Smith Lawyers, Bridgend College, Finance Wales, Graham Paul Chartered Accountants, Handelsbanken, kksolutions and United Graphic Design.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Mel Nott OBE, added: “I’ve attended these awards for the past three years, and I can honestly say that each year the nominations and the calibre of businesses which enter never fail to impress.

“We should never underestimate the vital role that small and medium-sized businesses in Bridgend County Borough play in driving our local economy. These companies should be acknowledged and celebrated – this is why the council is proud to support these awards, which provide the perfect platform to do this.

“I would urge all businesses across the county borough to submit an application to gain the recognition you and your employees truly deserve.”

Details of the awards including application forms are available on the website: www.bridgendbusinessforum.co.uk

You can also keep up-to-date with awards by following the forum on Twitter @Bridgendforum  #BBFAwards and on their Facebook page.

Last Updated: 24/05/2016
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