Time is running out to nominate local firms for the TENDRING4GROWTH Business Awards.
Launched this year by Tendring District Council (TDC), the awards are aligned to the TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight taking place at the beginning of October.
Designed to celebrate some of the best businesses in the district, award categories include Creativity and Culture, Women in Business, and Friend to the Environment.
There are also awards to recognise companies who have worked to recruit reservists or military veterans, or such staff who have made positive contributions in their workplace; businesses which have taken steps to recruit, retain and develop disabled people; and also a category for young entrepreneurs.
Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, urged people to put their nominations forward.
“We’ve already had a number of nominations, which is great, but we can only recognise the people or businesses you put forward – we need your help to celebrate those success stories,” Councillor Newton said.
“In particular we’re keen to see entries in the Disability Confident, Military, and Future Generations categories; so don’t delay, and make your nomination now.”
The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday, 31 August, with nominations made on the TDC website at www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business/tendring4growth-business-awards.
Entries will then be shortlisted by a judging panel, with those in the running invited to the TENDRING4GROWTH Business Awards event on Friday, 14 October, to receive their award or commendation.
The awards gala evening will celebrate all that is great about Tendring business and wrap up the fortnight of TENDRING4GROWTH events.
In total eight public events will be held across 11 days, with full details available at www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business. Events are free, but attendees are asked to book in advance; while some events can be joined virtually.
Launching on Monday, 3 October with the Tendring Means Business breakfast event, the fortnight continues the next day with a session on the Tourism, Cultural and Creative sectors, while on Wednesday a seminar on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme – which TDC has just achieved a Gold Award in – takes place.
The ever-popular skills fair returns to the Princes Theatre on Thursday, 6 October, with residents invited to try their hand at various jobs and careers within key sectors across Tendring.
Week two begins with a Women in Business event, followed by a workshop on Reducing Your Carbon Footprint to encourage local firms to get green. There are also events on green energy and Freeport East, and a Field to Fork drop-in for businesses.
Councillor Newton added: “If you’ve not already signed-up then I’d really encourage you to see what might be relevant to your business and book your place.”