Dead­line nears for busi­ness awards

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

COM­PA­NIES which are con­sid­er­ing en­ter­ing The Evening Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards 2012 have lit­tle more than two months to ap­ply.

The search is on to re­ward top Peter­bor­ough busi­nesses – but to be in the run­ning, en­tries must be re­ceived by Fri­day, July 27.

The an­nual black-tie cer­e­mony and din­ner, to be held at the Peter­bor­ough Arena, East of Eng­land Show­ground on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, 2012, will be hosted by gold medal win­ning Olympic rower Tim Foster.

Tim said: “It is al­ways sat­is­fy­ing to see peo­ple be­ing re­warded for their suc­cesses, par­tic­u­larly in these tough times, and to share in their ex­pe­ri­ence.

“While some busi­nesses may have fallen away in re­cent times, it is clear that many have also pros­pered – this is their time to cel­e­brate.

“I would like to pass on my best wishes to the or­gan­is­ers and all con­cerned for a great oc­ca­sion.”

Evening Tele­graph ed­i­tor Mark Ed­wards said: “Our awards night puts the spot­light on the cream of the crop of our busi­nesses and sends out a mes­sage to the rest of the coun­try that even in these con­tin­u­ing dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times, Peter­bor­ough is a cen­tre of busi­ness ex­cel­lence.”


The 2012 cat­e­gories are Small Busi­ness of the Year, Medium Busi­ness of the Year, Large Busi­ness of the Year, Best Not for Profit En­ter­prise, Cus­tomer Ser­vice Award, Busi­ness Per­son of the Year, En­vi­ron­men­tal Achieve­ment Award, Con­tri­bu­tion to the Com­mu­nity Award and Peo­ple De­vel­op­ment Award.

This is the big­gest event in Peter­bor­ough’s busi­ness cal­en­dar, with more than 300 guests in at­ten­dance, and of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to raise the pro­file of your busi­ness or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Richard Astle, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Athene Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, re­flect- ed on his com­pany’s win in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Achieve­ment cat­e­gory in last year’s awards when he said: “Here at Athene Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, we feel it’s im­por­tant to con­duct our busi­ness in man­ner that’s ben­e­fi­cial to the en­vi­ron­ment and the wider com­mu­nity.

“That’s part of the way we do busi­ness. Win­ning the en­vi­ron­men­tal award last was bril­liant be­cause of the recog­ni­tion of our ef­forts in this field, the award has spurred us on to de­velop even greener work­ing prac­tices and we’ll def­i­nitely be en­ter­ing this cat­e­gory again in 2012.”

On win­ning the Con­tri­bu­tion to the Com­mu­nity award, Melinda Fair­fax, head of mar­ket­ing at March-based CUB, said: “It has given staff a great deal of con­fi­dence know­ing that they have made a real dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity. It has set an ex­am­ple to other busi­nesses.”

Tracy Ven­ner, op­er­a­tions man­ager John Lewis Peter­bor­ough, on win­ning the Cus­tomer Care Plus award, said: “As part­ners in a coowned busi­ness, high stan­dards of cus­tomer ser­vice are at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do.

“Tak­ing time to make sure we de­liver the right shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence to cus­tomers is key to en­sur­ing we main­tain our cus­tomers’ trust and loy­alty.

“Our part­ners were very proud to re­ceive this level of recog­ni­tion in the year that John Lewis Peter­bor­ough cel­e­brates its 30th birth­day.”

Of this year’s awards, Bill Agnew will chair the judg­ing panel, which will also in­clude Chris Col­lier, Colleen Go­stick, Anne Corder, Peter Jack­son, Tony Barker, Iain Crighton and Rachel Hux­ley.

In ad­di­tion, the awards or­gan­is­ers are keen to at­tract spon­sors for the event, in ad­di­tion to the head­line spon­sor, Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege, and cat­e­gory spon­sors Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege, CIPD and Bul­ley Davey.

En­try forms are avail­able by con­tact­ing Linda Pritchard or Sarah Beal on 01733 588789 or or Sarah.beal@

For spon­sor­ship of cat­e­gories, con­tact Linda or Sarah as above.

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