As we countdown to the inaugural East Lindsey Business Awards, we take a closer look at three of the honours set to be given out on the evening as well as the sponsors behind them.
The Excellence in Digital Innovation award gives recognition to businesses that have identified and developed digital solutions to aid business growth or competitiveness.
Digital innovation ranges from the development of a new website to e-commerce, utilising digital technologies (such as 3D printing or other prototyping/production technologies) to the use of IT to deliver products or services.
The award is being sponsored by the University of Lincoln which has experience in the field through the Innovation Programme it deliveries for Greater Lincolnshire.
This is designed to enable SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) to progress their innovation ambitions through a programme of grant funding, events, professional development and business support.
The New Business of the Year award spotlights the development made by a business less than three-years-old at the time of nomination.
Judges will be looking for newly-established companies which have prospered since their launch and are moving forwards in a structured way in order to overcome challenges and ensure continued success.
It is sponsored by Wilkin Chapman LLP, a full service law firm of 400 staff operating from seven offices throughout Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
The firm’s aim is to exceed clients’ expectations. This has seen it recommended by independent legal publications and ranked as a top-tier firm and ‘regional heavyweight’ in the Legal 500 law firm guide.
The Excellence in Manufacturing award will go to a business that has utilised efficient or innovative manufacturing processes to develop excellence in manufacturing, producing products that enjoy significant market share and developing new products that create opportunities in new markets.
Nominees will be expected to show how their business has attained sustainability or growth through the use of excellent business or manufacturing practices.
The award is sponsored by Duncan & Toplis, one of the largest firms of independent chartered accountants and business advisers in the East Midlands.
The business, which has 11 offices in the region, specialises in advising small to medium-sized owner-managed businesses in a wide range of sectors and through all stages of the business cycle.
l The East Lindsey Business Awards are being held by East Lindsey District Council (ELDC), with Johnston Press as the media partner.
There are nine categories to enter: Exporter of the Year, Excellence in Manufacturing, Excellence in Digital Innovation, Visitor Attraction of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year, Food Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, and Best Place to Eat.
There is no fee to enter.
All entries must be submitted by March 17, 2017.
Alongside the awards, ELDC is organising a Celebrating Business Excellence in East Lindsey Expo.
The expo aims to raise the profile of East Lindsey businesses and will provide a platform for the 27 finalists and all the sponsors to showcase their products/services and highlight possible employment and training opportunities.
It will take place at the Kenwick Park Hotel, in Louth, from 10am to 3pm on Friday, May 19, with the awards following at 7pm.
For more information visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ELBA or call 01507613110.