Regional awards seek supermen and wonderwomen of business to knock out recession

Host Stephen Rhodes chats to last year's finalists
Host Stephen Rhodes chats to last year's finalists

If you leap over business obstacles in a single bound or can spot an opportunity from miles away you could be just the type to enter a regional business awards scheme.

Launched today (Thursday, July 11) the East of England Business Champions is looking for role models in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire as well as other eastern counties to boost confidence and give recession a kicking.

Organiser Damian Cummins said: “All the evidence is pointing to a slow, sure return to growth.

“Now is the time when we need positive role models in business to help give everyone that extra bit of confidence and deal a decisive blow to lingering fears of recession.”

Businesses with a turnover between £25,000 and £5million per annum can enter across eight categories including Business Person of the Year, Employee of the Year, Enterprising Business of the Year, Networking Group of the Year, Training and Development Organisation of the Year, Green Business of the Year, New Business of the Year and the Service Excellence Award.

Each category will be examined by at least four independent judges who will look for clear evidence of success.

Charles Smith, regional chairman with sponsors the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “The judging process ensures fairness, so we can truly say on the basis of the application form that we select the very best.” Hertfordshire solicitors Crane & Staples are headline sponsors.

Entries close in September and there will be an awards ceremony in October.

To enter visit www.eofebusinesschampions.co.uk

For further details contact organiser Damian Cummins at Events and PR. Email damian@eventsandpr.co.uk

> Businesses in the Bedfordshire part of the region can also enter the Bedfordshire Business Excellence Awards, organised by Premier Newspapers. For details of those awards visit www2.bedfordtoday.co.uk/businessawards2013