Fenland Enterprise Business Awards: College of West Anglia pledges its support to awards as entry deadline looms

All the winners from the 2014 Fenland Enterprise Business Awards.

All the winners from the 2014 Fenland Enterprise Business Awards. - Credit: Archant

There is only one week left to submit your entry for the 2015 Fenland Enterprise Business Awards.

The awards night is on October 9 at the Braza Club, in March.

The awards night is on October 9 at the Braza Club, in March. - Credit: Archant

And, as next Friday’s entry deadline looms, we are delighted to announce that the College of West Anglia has joined the awards’ growing list of supporters.

The college, which has campuses in King’s Lynn, Wisbech and Cambridge, is supporting the Employer of the Year Award.

There 13 awards up for grabs, 10 of which are open for entries.

But there are only seven days left to enter – and it couldn’t be more simple. Visit www.fenlandbusinessawards.co.uk and follow the links to the relevant categories.

The awards will identify Fenland’s best small and medium businesses, environmentally-friendly initiatives and star employees.

The Apprentice Award – set up in memory of teenager Craig Bird who died in a car crash in 2010 – also returns. Craig, 18, of March, was an apprentice at the Fenland Engineering Skills Centre, at Metalcraft in Chatteris.

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One new category this year is the Food Producer of the Year Award, to recognise the many Fenland companies involved in food production – either as part of a supply chain or direct sale to the public.

A ‘winner of winners’ will be chosen from the 11 category winners for the grand title of Business of the Year.

The award was won in 2009 by Fenland Leisure Products of Christchurch, in 2010 by Chatteris-based independent retailer James Graven & Sons, in 2012 by Foster Property Maintenance, in 2011 and 2013 by Delamore Young Plants of Wisbech St Mary and last year by ALS Food and Pharmaceutical of Chatteris.

A Judges’ Award will also be presented to a business or individual who did not win a category, but the judges feel deserves recognition.

Fenland’s four market towns will also go head-to-head to decide which is the Pride of Fenland.

It is the fifth year we are running the Pride of Fenland award – and the current champion is Wisbech, after it ended Whittlesey’s stranglehold of the award last year.

A judging panel headed by editor John Elworthy will decide this year’s winner, drawing on evidence of how each town has developed in the past year.

In particular, they will consider any achievements, efforts to keep each town attractive, initiatives to encourage new businesses and how public activities helped to maintain a strong community base.

Also under consideration will be comments on social media pages from shoppers, residents and employers demonstrating pride in their town.

The awards are being run in association with Fenland District Council, a supporter of the awards since they were launched. The council also sponsors the Apprentice of the Year award.

Other category sponsors include Local Generation and Whiting & Partners, both of which have also supported the awards since 2009, Larkfleet Group, Leeds Day Solicitors and NWES.

Businesses and individuals shortlisted in the categories will be invited to attend the awards dinner, which will take place on Friday, October 9, at the Braza, in March.