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Make sure your company is in the running for a Chamber Business Award
Make sure your company is in the running for a Chamber Business Award

The 2016 Business Awards are back. And with two new categories including Small Business of the Year and Excellence in Customer Service, this year’s awards are set to be bigger and better than ever, writes George Archibald (Mid and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce).

The Chamber Business Awards recognise and reward business success across Midlothian and East Lothian with a range of specialist categories to meet the needs of any organisation. Entry to the awards is free and this year’s categories include: Business High Growth and Innovation, Best Family Business, Best Green Business, Best Company for Youth Engagement, Social Enterprise of the Year, Best Employer for Students and Graduate Recruitment, Small Business of the Year, and Excellence in Customer Service.

From raising your profile to boosting staff morale and from showcasing your successes to simply being heralded as the best in your county, there are many reasons why you may benefit from entering the awards.

2015 Business Awards included Icon Fabrications who design, fabricate and install steel and metalwork structures which won the Best Business High Growth and Innovation award, and the Best Company for Youth Engagement went to Dobbies Garden Centre whose Lasswade team was involved in a volunteer programme and work placements with local schools.

George Archibald, Chief Executive of Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, said: “We had an exciting response from Mid and East Lothian businesses for these awards last year, and reading some of the nominations, proves that there is an exceptionally strong spirit of enterprise within the region.

“There are some fascinating success stories to be told and, what is perhaps more surprising, is how committed many businesses are to making a positive impact on their communities.

The awards are open for entry until September 7 and winners will be announced at the Business Exhibition and Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 26 at the Brunton, Musselburgh. For more information visit www.melcc.org.uk