THE BOROUGH'S biggest business awards have been scrapped over coronavirus concerns.
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber has pulled the plug on this year's business awards night in October for the first time since it was launched in 2009.
The Chamver said the decision had been taken in a bid to help safeguard and protect members of staff employed by the Chamber and Magna, as well as minimising risk to the local business community.
Andrew Denniff, the Chamber’s chief executive, said: “At a time when many businesses are facing some of the most difficult trading conditions in a generation, our priority is continue to support our local business community by helping them access the vital support needed to help them navigate their way through the Coronavirus pandemic
“We have taken steps to share new guidelines with our members, as well as introducing a number of new measures including moving our popular events and training programme online.
“We have been closely monitoring the Government’s advice and explored possible contingency plans to enable this year’s event to go ahead.
“However, after consulting our board, our sponsors and the venue, we feel the most sensible course action to take in the current circumstances is to cancel the 2020 Business Awards.”