Friday, July 8, 2011

Knowsley to Celebrate its Business and Regeneration Successes

Knowsley Council’s highly acclaimed Business Awards are this year to be rebranded Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards with the inclusion of a number of categories celebrating successes in the built environment as well as economic prosperity.

We therefore want to know your success stories. Does your business or an employee deserve to be recognised for their achievements? Have you been impressed by someone else’s performance and feel they deserve wider recognition? Tell us about your accomplishments, have you or your organisation won or been shortlisted for any other local or national awards in the last 12 months?

Nominations are now invited and welcomed from individuals and businesses based within Knowsley. Entering these awards can offer many benefits for your business, as well as opening doors to new opportunities and with 12 Awards on offer there are plenty of categories to choose from. Whatever the size of your business we have awards for you. Applicants can self nominate or nominate others and winners will be presented at a dinner and awards ceremony to be held on 7th October 2011. Last year’s ceremony was oversubscribed and attracted over 240 guests including industry figureheads and members of parliament.

Categories this year include;

SME of the Year
Low Carbon Economy Award
Corporate Social Responsibility
Excellence in Customer Service
Employer of the Year
Business Person of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Knowledge Economy Award
Best Housing Scheme of the Year
Regeneration Award
Visitor Economy Award

This year we also have a Judges Choice Award for Knowsley Business of the Year where the judges will award a business or organisation considered to have demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the Borough.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th August and you can find details of all the categories and nomination form here.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills commented “We want to celebrate our success stories, with the recent news on the regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre, Stockbridge Village redevelopment and the review undertaken on Knowsley Industrial Park, exciting times lie ahead”.

"The last few years have been challenging for businesses but the resilience of the businesses in Knowsley has shone through and we are proud of our business community. These awards are our way of recognising their achievements. The awards also give companies the chance to showcase themselves to customers and suppliers”.

Winners last year included Helen Gillbanks of Vertex, Cybertill, DHL Knowsley, Chill Out Spa, Acorn Farm, Alison Storer of National Wildflower Centre, QVC, Knowsley Housing Trust, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood and Colormatrix.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Would you like to sponsor a Knowsley Business and Regeneration Award? Sponsors receive wide recognition and will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the prestigious dinner and awards ceremony. They also present the award to the winner, as well as receive publicity through our marketing and promotional material. Contact Irene Johnson on 0151 443 2262 for further details.

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