AWARDS to celebrate the best in business have been launched ahead of a glittering ceremony later this year.
The 2017 Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards are being run by the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
There are 12 different awards on offer including three new categories which will recognise excellence in customer services, commitment to the environment, and a new Chamber lifetime achievement honour.
The Business of the Year award will recognise one business which has demonstrated outstanding achievements and is regarded as one of the region’s most highly sought after prizes.
The Chamber has teamed up with RNN Group — which operates Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College.
The awards ceremony will take place at Magna in Rotherham on Friday, October 13.
The Chamber is also calling on member businesses to get in touch to receive a Salute to Business on the evening.
All businesses with an S postcode, as well as members of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, are eligible to enter the awards.
This year’s award categories are Most Promising New Business; Business Growth; Business Community Impact; Manufacturing Excellence; Excellence in Customer Service; Environmental Commitment; Business Person of the Year; Skills Development; Digital and Creative; Apprentice of the Year; Tourism, Leisure or Hospitality; and The Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s sponsors include ASD Lighting, Brook Corporate Developments, Enzygo, Fortem, Magna, Rotherham College, RUFC, SOTpay, SteelPhalt Harsco, The Source, XPO Logistics, and Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber.
The awards will be open to enter on Monday, June 6, and sponsorship packages are available.
Lisa Pogson, president of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: “The business awards ceremony is one of the highlights of our year and we’re calling on companies from across South Yorkshire to celebrate their success with us.
“This year there are a number of new awards which have been launched, meaning there’s never been a better chance to get involved, whether your business has success to shout about or celebrating a memorable milestone in 2017.
“There are many ways for businesses to get involved with this year’s event and a range of sponsorship packages are currently available. Our headline sponsor this year is the RNN group, and through the generous support they have provided, this year’s event promises to an unmissable event which recognises the vital contribution businesses make to the local economy.”
Phil Sayles, deputy principal of the RNN Group, said: “There is some truly remarkable and inspirational work which is taking place across South Yorkshire and the Business Awards provides a chance to showcase the innovative work which is being undertaken in the region. RNN Group and our colleges are proud to be associated with this year’s event, which not only celebrates the success enjoyed by businesses in South Yorkshire, but perhaps equally importantly the people behind them.”