This year's Local Business Awards will be held at Mercedes Benz World.
It is a chance to celebrate Surrey and Hampshire's finest so make sure you nominate your local business for one of our various categories, from Best New Business to the Green Award.
You could be invited to join us for an afternoon of live entertainment and inspirational talks, including our keynote speaker, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE (founder of parkrun).
You can nominate a local business today. The deadline for entries is Friday April 7th.
The awards are being held on Thursday May 4th.
Today there are parkruns in over 1,000 locations around the world with over 600 in the UK. parkruns operate in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, Singapore and France.
Over a 2 million people take part in this uniquely accessible and social run, which has opened the possibility of wellbeing and social cohesion to all people regardless of ability or age.
Having already been declared by Runners World magazine to be one of their ‘Heroes of Running’, Paul was awarded the CBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to grassroots sports participation in 2014.
The Awards and what they mean...
New Business/Start Up of the year (less than 18 months)
This award recognises a new business that has shown significant growth in its first 18 months and potential for sustained growth.
Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognises a person who has demonstrated great ability in starting, growing and sustaining a successful business.
Sponsored by: Countrywide Telecoms
Employee of the Year
This award recognises an employee who continually goes ‘above and beyond’ with their job role making exceptional contributions to the business.
This award recognises an organization that seeks to engage customers and deliver exceptional standards of service.
Business of the Year
This award recognises a company leading the way in business excellence.
This award recognises a company that has demonstrated outstanding environmental and sustainability practice.
Sponsored by: Project Solutions Design and Build Limited
This award recognises a company’s efforts in the local community.
This award recognises organisations who have demonstrated innovative use of digital technology to improve their business.
Charity/Social Enterprise of the Year
This award recognises a charity or non-profit making organisation that has demonstrated exceptional work.
This award recognises an employer/leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.
What could you be winning?
The main Business Award's Winner will win an eagle360 multi-platform advertising campaign which may include radio airtime, sponsorship, promotions, digital/social-media & video to value of £22,000.
Each of the nine category winners will each win an eagle360 digital marketing campaign to value of £2,000...
A souvenir trophy
A framed certificate
An electronic media press kit to help promote their award
Included on the Biz Award winners section of our website for 6 months
Editorial feature and audio podcast on the Biz Award winner pages
One year on the Eagle Business Directory
Included in congratulatory social media coverage following the Awards ceremony
All finalists get 3 tickets to attend our gala celebration 3-course lunch to be held on 4th May with special guests, live entertainment and a chance to network with the other locally celebrated businesses.
Tracy Jarvis is an award winning social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Raised in North Town in Aldershot.
Tracy is the founding Director of the highly innovative social enterprise, The Community Matters Partnership Project: a concept that brings together companies and communities to work in collaboration for social, economic and sustainable good. She now works as a consultant helping local authorities to set-up similar projects in other areas of the country.
Penny Power OBE
Penny joined the Technology Sector in 1983 and built many sales channels and help people that find technology challenging.
Now the published author of "“Know Me, Like Me Follow Me”, Power is one of the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs.
In the 2014 New Years Honours List Power was been awarded an OBE for her commitment to ‘Entrepreneurship and Social Digital Development’ and now manages The Business Café® which trains young adults digital and business skills.
In 2013 Nick succeeded in an MBO and in the three years since he has employed 60 people, tripled turnover to almost £3M and also more than doubled the company’s profit. He has also span-off various new companies through partnerships and joint ventures.
Managing Director DCSL software (Last year’s Business Of The Year winners).
Lester started her own business aged just 20. She’s an entrepreneur who loves to work on turn-around projects, accelerated growth or start-ups of small to medium size enterprises.
Kate is the CEO of Guildford-based, Diamond Logistics, which celebrates it's 25th Anniversary this year.
Dr James Aitken
At twenty-three, Aitken was placed in charge of a new manufacturing facility by Philips Electronics employing 120 people. and has worked in industry for over 25 years.
Currently, Aitken is the Head of Department for Business Transformation & Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Surrey. The research group works closely with private and public sectors organisations. His research has gained awards and his work is published in several internationally rated journals.
We were joined by a huge selection of successful local businesses from across Surrey and Hampshire as well as the incredible rock band, Travis, who performed for us live.
Hear from the winners at last year's awards: