Entries sought for awards

Entries for the 2012 Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise have opened.

The awards, now in their 13th year, are established as one of the leading business accolades in the North-east.

Gary McEwan, from event organisers Enterprise North East Trust (Enterprise) and Mike Fergusson, from headline sponsors RBS, launched the awards at Main of Drum garden centre, which was the recipient of the business success (under three years) award in 2011.

The awards celebrate ‘seedling’ business, businesses which can demonstrate significant growth and entrepreneurs who help other businesses and organisations to bloom.

Businesses can enter one or more of eight categories, including promising new business, business success, emerging entrepreneur of the year and employer of the year.

Applications are open to enterprises of all sizes in Aberdeen City and Shire. Registration for nomination can be made at www.grampianawards.com by April 25. All final applications must be submitted by May 4.

Gary McEwan, chief executive of Enterprise said: “The Mains of Drum garden centre epitomises what the Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise are about; growing business from small seeds and the external factors required to do so.

“Our judges look for a combination of hard work, enthusiasm, understanding of products and financials and especially an understanding of a business’s client base. We also look for how a business is planning for its future development and growth. The awards ceremony in June is an opportunity for enterprises to showcase and celebrate their achievements and further raise their profile.”

Shortlisted entries will be notified on May 8 and invited to attend the awards ceremony on June 21.