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Chamber launches its quest for the best

Flashback: The celebrations begin for the winners of the Northamptonshire Business Awards last year

Search is on for the 2022 business awards winners

The Northamptonshire Business Awards 2022 have opened for entries.

Organised by Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, the awards aim to recognise the work being done by organisations across the county.

There are 13 awards to be presented this year including three new awards.

North Northamptonshire Business of the Year and West Northamptonshire Business of the Year are being supported by North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council to recognise the stand-out business success story in their respective geographical areas. For the first time, there will also be a President’s Award, with the winner chosen by Chamber of Commerce president Robyn Allen and headline sponsor Wilson Browne Solicitors.

The award will recognise ‘an awesome human being in our local area that has done something exemplary in the last 12 months’.

“I genuinely cannot wait for this year’s Northamptonshire Business Awards,” said Ms Allen. “It is always inspiring to see businesses celebrating their successes and I would encourage every business owner in the county to seriously consider entering.”

Other award categories include: Business Person of the Year, Young Business Person of the Year, Best New Business of the Year, Workplace Wellbeing Award, International Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, High Growth Business of the Year, Customer Commitment Award, Employer of the Year and Charity of the Year.

Business Times, the awards’ official media partner, is to sponsor the Charity of the Year award. Other sponsors include Learning & Skills Academy CIC, The University of Northampton, The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire, Commsave Credit Union, RS Components, Global Health Tests, Azets, qoob and HR Solutions.

Wilson Browne Solicitors business development and marketing director Wayne Jenkins said: “Just when we thought we were out of the woods with the pandemic, along come more challenges in the form of global supply chain issues, labour shortages, and now inflation. With such a great business community in Northamptonshire showing such resilience, these issues may knock us off balance but they never knock us down. This just goes to show how strong and adaptable local business is, and these awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise that, to celebrate success and to pay tribute to the best in the county.”

Northamptonshire Chamber’s interim chief executive Louise Wall said the county’s businesses had risen to the challenges of Covid and the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Despite these challenges, our local business community has continued to thrive, creating jobs for the county and providing much needed products and services.”

The finalists will be announced at the Northamptonshire Chamber Business Expo at Franklin’s Gardens on September 14 and the winners will be revealed at the awards evening on November 3 at The Park Inn, Northampton.

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