Nominations now open for Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards 2013
NOMINATIONS are open for the biggest local business prizes.
The Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards 2013 take place on Friday, May 17, with a Seventies-themed gala dinner.
But the hard work starts now for those hoping to be bathed in glory come the big night at Scunthorpe's The Baths Hall, as the criteria for the dozen awards has now been published.
Organised by the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Telegraph publisher Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group, the highlight of the local business calendar provides a host of reasons for companies large and small to put themselves forward.
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Urging firms to enter, Anne Tate, the Chamber's northern Lincolnshire manager, said: "The awards are the premier recognition platform for business and offer unique public relations and marketing collateral. They represent an opportunity for companies to benchmark themselves, not only in their own sectors, but among peers in the business community at large.
"Recognition is a huge morale booster for staff and an opportunity to recognise and reward their talents."
Hard copies of the brochure are being distributed, and it is also available – together with application form – online at www.northernlincolnshirebusinessawards.co.uk.
Looking ahead, Ms Tate said: "We chose our theme of the 1970s as it offered us a chance for a glimpse back at Scunthorpe 40 years ago when The Anchor Steelworks first opened in May 1973. Working on the awards with partners GSMG, we have had access to the news and picture archives and it is a fascinating glimpse back into our political, transport and steel heritage.
"Not forgetting of course that the Seventies was such a fun era in terms of its music and culture. So even for those who didn't experience it first time round we can offer you a glittering gala dinner and presentation night!"
The Seventies was also an extremely tough time for business, with post-war prosperity that pushed Britain on in the Fifties and Sixties dissipating, major energy issues and labour disruption. However, on the South Bank, the oil refineries were taking hold of the local economy, with the emerging contracting sector.
Malcolm Joslin, president of Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, said: "Trading conditions remain challenging, even if we are not ham- pered by power cuts and a three- day working week, so anything we can do to work together has to be worthwhile. Celebrating some fantastic people and organisations at the awards is a great place to start."
To find out more and enter, click here.