Details of an award ceremony, which will honour the achievements of South Yorkshire businesses, have been announced.
The Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards will take place at the Magna Science & Adventure Centre on Friday 21 October.
It has been organised by the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, which helps to support entrepreneurship and inter-trading.
“The Chamber holds the awards because our knowledge of the Barnsley and Rotherham business communities means we are in an ideal position to run an event, which truly celebrates the achievements of businesses on our patch,” said Francis Hall, the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s PR and Communications Executive.
“The Chamber has held a business awards ceremony for over 20 years, during which time our local firms have produced some fantastic examples of business success throughout the various challenges that different economic climates have provided.
“It is always fantastic to see these companies, and the people driving their success, rewarded for their superb accomplishments.”
The deadline approaches
The awards are expected to attract hundreds of guests who are keen to acknowledge South Yorkshire’s business scene and entries are now being accepted in ten categories, which include the Most Promising New Business Award and the Green Business Award.
Other awards are focused at specific industries such as the Excellent in Manufacturing Award, Excellence in Customer Service Award and Innovation & Technology in Business Award.
Mr Hall said that, even though the deadline for entries is Friday 23 September, there has already been a healthy amount of submissions, which are expected to gather pace once the summer holiday season is over.
He added: “From early September onwards, there is a whirlwind of activity as the entry deadline approaches.
“There is around a week for all the categories to be judged and for the shortlisted companies to be finalised, then it’s all about guessing who will win on the big night.
“There seems to be a tendency for South Yorkshire people and businesses to be rather coy about the great things they are doing.
“When you find out exactly what our businesses are doing, you realise how proud we should be of their achievements.
“Over the last three years, we have heard so much negativity with regard to the state of the economy and, while there is no doubt companies have faced serious challenges in that time, there are local businesses who have responded admirably and are thriving.
“The awards ceremony sends out the message that there are companies in our area who are shining examples of how businesses should operate, and that it isn’t all doom and gloom when it comes to our economy.”
Tickets for the award ceremony are priced at £60 plus VAT or £550 plus VAT for a table of ten to Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce members, and those who are not members can purchase tickets for £70 plus VAT or £650 plus VAT for a table of ten.
To purchase tickets for the ceremony or to download an entry form for the awards, please visit the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce website.
This news story was self-published in August 2011.