Awards deadline extended by a week

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The deadline for entries to the Ackrill Media Group Business Awards has been extended by a week to help broaden the field of entrants.

Businesses and individuals now have until noon on Monday, March 11 to submit their nominations.

Dozens of entries have already been received, and scores more are expected to come in over the remaining 11 days.

Last year, well over 100 nominations were received across the 13 categories.

The awards are open to businesses in the circulation area of the Harrogate Advertiser, Wetherby News, Knaresborough Post, Ripon Gazette and Nidderdale Herald – a huge area embracing communities as diverse as Masham, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Lofthouse, Thirsk, Aberford and Boroughbridge.

This year, the awards have a new overall sponsor in Verity Freason, the respected estate agency with offices in Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

Partner Steve Archer said: “We’re really happy to be sponsoring the awards this year. It’s a great, high-profile event and we know it’s well supported.

“We’re really looking forward to hearing good news from some of the nominated companies.”

He said that entering the awards could provide business with several benefits.

“It gives companies the recognition they want,” he said. “It’s good for staff morale and could even help increase turnover.

“Ultimately, it improves the net worth of the firm, so it could be the perfect platform for expanding the business.”

Fellow partner Matthew Stamford agreed: “It’s also about brand awareness – it’s great to get that success story out there, isn’t it?”

There are 13 awards in all:

Young Entrepreneur

Best Rural Business

Tourism Award

Green Award

Employee of the Year

Employer of the Year

Best Small Company

Best Medium Company

Best Large Company

Best Company Website

Harrogate Borough Council Award

Business Personality of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Each award is sponsored by a local business name, such as Leeds Bradford Airport, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Berwins Solicitors, HACS, Covance and McCormicks Solicitors – as well as Harrogate Chamber of Commerce and Harrogate Borough Council.

Entering online is easy – just scroll down and click on the Business Awards link on the right-hand side of this screen.

The site lists all the criteria for each category, and businesses may enter as many categories as they wish.

Entry is free. The closing date is noon on Monday, March 11, and judging will take place in mid-March.

The awards dinner, which is the highlight of the district’s annual business calendar, will be held at Harrogate International Centre on Thursday, April 25.

*Questions and queries about the Awards should be directed to Ginny Long on 01423 707 402.