Lincolnshire Live Business Awards Launches

Lincolnshire Live Business Awards Launches

We are launching the 17th annual Lincolnshire Live Business Awards in conjunction with Lincolnshire Live.

The awards are set to support, recognise and celebrate the brilliance shown by companies and individuals who have kept the economy going during this pandemic.

Now more than ever we need to recognise our business champions.

A total of 15 awards will be handed out on the evening, including our brand new category, Business in the Face of Adversity Special Award which reflects those businesses who have gone the extra mile during the agonising months of lockdown.

The Business in the Face of Adversity Special Award is one of 15 on offer to companies in our region in this year’s awards. The other categories cover areas ranging from apprentices and employees, to the businesses themselves including smaller operations and larger companies that trade around the world.

All the winners are then put forward for the prestigious Business of the Year Overall Winner award, which is given to the business that our team of dedicated judges are most involved in.

The awards are brought to you by a number of high profile sponsors including Streets Chartered Accountants and Siemens.

Click here to enter the awards.

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce said the awards would be a good way to show businesses in the county how appreciated they are.

“Representing our members and businesses across the county, we are delighted to once again be supporting the Lincolnshire Business Awards for 2020,” he said.

“There is no denying that we are all going through a period of dramatic change, however, it is important now more than ever before that we celebrate, encourage and support Lincolnshire businesses and the awards play a vital part in doing that.”

"It is important now more than ever before that we celebrate, encourage and support Lincolnshire businesses."

James Pinchbeck, marketing partner at Streets Chartered Accountants, said they were proud to be sponsoring the awards again.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Lincolnshire Live Business Awards for our seventh year and not least the International Business category. Certainly, amongst our own client base and the wider business community we have and continue to see an increased interest and appetite for business to engage in overseas trade and investment.

“The ability to export and operate overseas is also no longer an activity for the more established larger businesses; no today’s exporters include a growing number of small and startup enterprises.

“This award not only celebrates our county’s businesses operating across the globe, but also helps to promote what can be achieved by those looking to export or to develop their overseas markets.

“Sponsoring the Award seems highly appropriate for our firm as we too develop our services and access to business advice internationally.

“Having our own association means that we are able to provide in country advice to individuals, businesses and organisations.

“The association, which continues to expand its geographical cover, is able to provide advice across Asia, America, Europe and the Far East.”

“The business awards highlight, reward and recognise not only the achievements and innovations of organisations, but the people who work tirelessly for their customers at a local, regional, national and international level, as well as providing fantastic local exposure, all of which couldn’t be more appropriate at such times.

“We know challenges will continue for businesses of all sizes, but the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are still receiving stories of innovation, success and diversification and we should use these stories to help inspire and enthuse others for the future, as we have most certainly learnt over this period of uncertainty, we are indeed #StrongerTogether,”

Neil Corner, managing director at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, said the company knew from experience the importance of being environmentally aware.

“We are proud to sponsor the Environment & Sustainability Award,” he said.

“Sustainability is a serious topic globally, nationally and locally for our small industrial gas turbine business here in Lincoln.

“Earlier this year, we, along with other gas and power businesses in Siemens, separated from Siemens to form a new independent organisation called Siemens Energy.

“This is an exciting time for us, as we work together on the de-carbonisation challenge and how we can reach net zero into the UK as well as helping our industrial customers across the world navigate this energy transition.

“Everyone has a responsibility to review how we do everything here, and how we can be more sustainable at work and in our community.

“We’ve launched a ‘Do More Good’ ideas, initiatives and innovations campaign which focuses on this very important topic of sustainability, with an invitation to get our families involved at home!

“With a collective focus on continuing to integrate sustainability into all areas of our business, we can help to protect and improve society for the future, as well as make our business stronger.”

"We've launched a 'Do More Good' ideas, initiatives and innovations campaign which focuses on the very important topic of sustainability."

The awards open for nominations on May 21 and the closing date for entries is Sunday August 30, with the shortlist being released on Thursday, September 10.

The shortlisted businesses will then undergo interviews by the judging panel on Thursday, September 17, before being invited to the black tie awards ceremony.

This event, once again hosted by magician Ben Hanlin, is set to take place at the EPIC Centre in Lincolnshire Showground on Thursday, October 15.

To enter or for more information about the categories, please visit www.lincsbusinessawards.co.uk.

The full list of categories is as follows:

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

This award sponsored by Elligia is open to an apprentice who has shown outstanding progress and commitment to their own personal development.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

This award, sponsored by Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors, will go to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision. They will be an employed or self-employed person working at any level within a public or private sector organisation.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND SKILLS AWARD

This award recognises organisations within the private or public sector. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate how providing opportunities for staff to develop and enhance their skills has delivered measurable productivity benefits.

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

This award will recognise achievements of an employee who has made a significant contribution to the success of the company they are employed by and who have exceeded expectations within their organisation.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

This category, sponsored by Siemens, recognises organisations that put the environment and sustainability at the forefront of their thinking. We want to know what companies are doing to grow sustainably, what obstacles they’ve had to face in the process and how they’ve kept going towards more environmentally-conscious operations and ethics.

FAMILY BUSINESS AWARD

This accolade, sponsored by Micronclean, seeks to recognise a stand-out family firm irrespective of their size, businesses that use their family nature and values to build a successful company.

FOOD, FARMING AND EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award, sponsored by L J Fairburn & Son, seeks to recognise the work undertaken by the businesses who are successfully innovating in this crucial sector of the economy, from those engaged in growing food on farms across the county to the globally important work being carried out by many companies.

BUSINESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY SPECIAL AWARD

This award, sponsored by Business Live, has been a tough couple of months which has brought the best out of businesses across the county. We want to hear from businesses which have truly made an impact not only on their customers, but the community around them.

INNOVATION AWARD

This award, sponsored by the Productivity Programme for Greater Lincolnshire, provides recognition to those businesses that have found and developed new solutions to business growth or competitiveness.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD

Sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants, this award is aimed at companies for which the world has no boundaries. Judges will be looking for businesses that can demonstrate business success outside the country, providing services on a global scale and sustainable growth.

LARGE LINCOLNSHIRE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the progress in terms of business growth and development made by a business over three years old (on 3 September, 2020) in Lincolnshire with an annual turnover of more than £10m.

SMALL/MEDIUM LINCOLNSHIRE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award, sponsored by Bright Media, recognises the progress in terms of business growth and development made by a small business over three years old (on 3 September, 2020) in Lincolnshire with an annual turnover of less than £10m.

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award, sponsored by Bishop Grosseteste University, recognises the progress in terms of business growth and development made by a start-up business under three years old (on 3 September, 2020) in Lincolnshire.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR OVERALL WINNER

This award, sponsored by NatWest, will go to the business which has not only increased its own profitability and potential, but also has had a positive impact on the economy of the region as a whole.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This accolade will be given to a business person from Lincolnshire who we believe has gone above and beyond to serve their county and the communities around them. This award will be chosen by Lincolnshire Live and the University of Lincoln.

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