Planning starts for Ribble Valley Business Awards

Small Business Winner Dugdale Connected SMART Home. (s)

Small Business Winner Dugdale Connected SMART Home. (s)

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Ribble Valley Business Awards have been given a triple thumbs up with three of last year’s winners sponsoring their category this year.

Organisers have also been thrilled at the news 13 of last year’s sponsors are coming back to support the event for a second year running.

The event is organised by Enterprising People in conjunction with Ribble Valley volunteer enterprise members. This ensures it is not only intrinsically local, but also independent. The aim of the game is to celebrate all that is wonderful about business and enterprise in the area.

Organiser Rob Carder said: “The biggest compliment we could get was for previous winners to sponsor awards and for people to come forward as sponsors for the second year running.

“Both of these things have happened and so we are over the moon.”

There are 16 categories ranging from Large Business with over 50 employees to Micro Businesses with up to four people, and an award for an Enterprising Person.

The biggest compliment we could get was for previous winners to sponsor awards and for people to come forward as sponsors for the second year running

Organiser Rob Carder

The way it works is that when nominations open on July 1st, people can visit the website and fill in a simple form nominating a Ribble Valley business for the Beacon Award.

The company is then contacted and invited to fill in an entry form. They can also put themselves forward for other categories they wish to enter, stating why they have what it takes to win.

The judging panel, made up of members of the volunteer mentoring scheme, consider all the entries in September.

Last year Dugdales Connected Smart Homes won the Small Business Award and are back to sponsor the category this year.

Jonathan Dugdale said: “We were honoured to be awarded Ribble Valley Small Business of the Year. We are an innovative technology company based in the Ribble Valley and want to shout about it.

“We wanted to sponsor the awards to help promote other innovative or enterprising SME’s in the Ribble Valley.”

Mytton Fold will host this year’s award ceremony on October 15th when winners will receive a framed certificate and a trophy designed and made by Ribblesdale High School.

So, as we countdown to the nominations why not have a think about a business you think deserves special recognition?