Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce is set to showcase local businesses once again in 2013 with the second Stars of Business awards. The awards recognise the huge commitment businesses have shown to the development and economy of the local area.
The “Stars of Business” awards ceremony, which is sponsored by Dodd and Co Chartered Accountants will take place at the Chamber’s annual dinner and will recognise the outstanding work done by all members of the business community. The awards are open to all businesses in the local area (within a 5 mile radius of Penrith) or those who operate a business in and around Penrith. Businesses do not need to be a member of the Chamber of Trade to enter the awards.
There are three categories in the “Stars of Business” awards open to the public, including Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year sponsored by Armstrong Watson and Business Person of the Year sponsored by Penrith Building Society. The Executive Committee of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce are encouraging all businesses to get involved…
“We want to acknowledge the hard work of people in our area in such a difficult economic climate. Penrith is full of thriving businesses old and new who deserve a bit of recognition and this is our way of getting the whole business community involved and celebrating what a rich and vibrant business landscape we live and work in” comments Richard Utting, President of Penrith Chamber of Trade
A fourth award has been introduced this year in association with the Pride in Penrith Lottery, which the Chamber was involved in setting up in 2010. All the projects and good causes which the Pride in Penrith Lottery has given grants to in 2012 will be automatically entered into the special ‘Community’ award. This award is to highlight that impact local community groups and projects can also have on the economy and development of an area.
The theme of the Annual Dinner is “Best of British” celebrating the excellent food, produce, manufacturing and culture of the area. Application forms for all awards can be downloaded from Penrith Chamber of Trade’s website, with the final entries due in by the 17th May. Judging will take place by an impartial panel of judges from out of the local area and will be announced at the Black tie dinner on 14th June.
Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce was started in 1903 and is one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the UK. The Chamber now provides more training and networking events, improved communications, member offers and acts as the voice of the business community in Penrith.
“We hope to see more businesses join the Chamber of Trade in the forthcoming year and really get involved with the awards. It is a great way to gain some publicity and marketing for your business, meet other like minded business people and promote Penrith as an excellent place in which to do business and for future investment. Now is the time to be part of the Chamber as we move forward in exciting times”