The annual search to find, recognise and celebrate the region’s leading businesses – and the contribution they make across our thriving economy and communities – has begun.

The East Midlands Chamber* Business Awards are unique, proudly led by business from start to finish and recognised as a true badge of honour for finalists and winners.

What’s more, winning a Chamber Business Award is a gateway to both the regional and national British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Awards, meaning a single application could result in outstanding local, regional and national recognition.

Organisations can enter as many awards categories as they like, with the application process honed in recent years to become fully online for enhanced user experience and ease.

The award categories are varied and wide-ranging, ensuring inclusivity and opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Categories for 2020 include Apprentice of the year; Business Improvement Through Technology; Commitment to People Development; Community Impact; Education and Business Partnership; Entrepreneur of the Year; Excellence in Customer Service; Excellence in International Trade; Manufacturer of the Year; Outstanding Growth and Small Business of the Year.

There is also a new category for 2020, the Environmental Impact Award, while one of the category winners will scoop the Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Mazars, one of Europe’s largest accounting firms and headline sponsor of the Chamber’s awards programme.

Scott Knowles, the Chamber’s Chief Executive, said: “Every year there is a real buzz as we launch our Business Awards. Our businesses work incredibly hard and as the region’s leading business representation organisation it is only right that we acknowledge and reward their efforts.

“The benefits of entering awards are wide-ranging and profound; it’s win-win at every level. Our awards programme is among the most contested and prestigious around with all categories judged by business peers, ensuring a degree of validation and industry recognition difficult to find elsewhere.”

Jon Parker, Managing Director of ITP, a 2019 Business of the Year winner, added: “We entered the Chamber’s Business Awards because we’re proud of what we’re doing, and this was a great opportunity to showcase our work.

“It was incredible to win. Every day we aim to make the world around us a better place, so to gain recognition through such a prestigious award is fantastic.”

The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 15 May. For further details and to download county-specific application forms

The Chamber will host gala dinners in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire in the autumn at which the awards will be presented.

Winners of specific awards from each county will then go forward to the BCC regional awards for a chance to compete for a national accolade.

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