Search is on to find Skegness’ top businesses

Cheeky 'onlooker'  at last year's overall winner Natureland gives the seal of approval to the  launch of the Skegness Business Awards 2016. ANL-161207-103447001
Cheeky 'onlooker' at last year's overall winner Natureland gives the seal of approval to the launch of the Skegness Business Awards 2016. ANL-161207-103447001

The search has begun to find the best businesses in Skegness – and this year organisers need your help.

Members of Skegness Partnership and sponsors gatherered at Natureland – last year’s Best Attraction and Overall Winner – on Friday for a bucks fizz launch of the Skegness Business Awards 2016.

The local ‘residents’ were excited by the early morning visitors, with a seal popping his head up from his pool to see if there was any breakfast for him too.

What was on the table was an exciting start for what is only the second business awards, with new sponsors and categories and Skegness Standard encouraging readers to nominate the busineses they think deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the town.

Judy Chapman, secretary to Skegness Partnership and lead organiser, said: “Our first awards night last year was really successful and this year there has been a lot of interest from businesses wanting to sponsor categories. We look forward to residents nominating who they think are the businesses which contribute to the success of the town.”

The event promotes business co-operation and this year’s main sponsor is the Coastal Community Fund, which has endorsed the Partnership’s economic plan to make Skegness a better place to visitors, residents and businesses.

The awards cover 10 categories – including Accommodation, Best New Business, Customer Care and Retailer of the Year – and two new ones, Café/Restaurant of the Year Award and a Community Award. Each award is sponsored by a Skegness business who will be involved in the judging of their category together with a Chief Judge Trevor Clingan, who oversees all the categories.

Natureland director Duncan Yeadon said: “We were surprised and delighted to win last year. It was especially nice to be recognised with it being our 50th year. We used the logo in our advertising and it’s helped up reinforce that we are still one of the best attractions in Skegness.”

Judging takes place in the autumn and the awards will be presented at a grand awards dinner to be held at Southview on Friday, November 18.

IT’S REALLY EASY TO NOMINATE

Nominating a business for an award couldn’t be easier.

The categories are:

l Accommodation Award (sponsored by SECHWHA Rest Assured Accreditation)

l Best Attraction 2016 (Royal Hotel)

l Best New Business (Hodgkinsons Solicitors)

l Business Person of the Year (Skegness Chamber of Commerce)

l Café or Restaurant of the Year (Licensed Victuallers Association)

l Care Provider of the Year (Duncan and Toplis)

l Community Award (Hildreds Centre)

l Customer Care Award (Kirks Quality Foods)

l Retailer of the Year (MKM Building Supplied)

l Young Employee of the Year (Fix Auto Skegness)

Simply state which category you are nominating for and the name of business/person you are nominating. Give their business address and telephone number and state in no more than 100 words why you are nominating them.

Send to Skegness Partnership Secretary, The Bodyshop, Grantham Drive, Skegness, PE25 3RN by the closing date of September 25, 2016. Alternatively visit here