East Midlands Chamber Business Awards are back – New categories celebrating ground-breaking collabs

Get your entries in by May 7.

The past year has involved several great examples of businesses teaming up to prosper despite the pandemic – and such alliances will be recognised as well as praised at this year’s East Midlands Chamber Business Awards.


A brand-new category for the Collaboration Project of the Year has been introduced for the 2021 awards to celebrate success stories of pioneering partnerships within Chamber membership.


There’s also a new-look Excellence in Innovation award, this award replaces the Innovation in Manufacturing category as more ground-breaking firms are invited to present how they are pushing boundaries within their sectors.


Fresh off the back of virtual ceremonies being held for the first time across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire. Business Awards were held throughout the month of November and December 2020, entries have now opened for this year.


East Midlands Chamber Chief executive Scott Knowles mentioned: “Last year’s Business Awards provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing success stories witnessed in the East Midlands during what was one of the most challenging years in memory for the business.


“It was also a unique event in the history of the awards in that we held it online for the first time, but this in no way took anything away from three truly remarkable virtual ceremonies.


“While we don’t quite know what 2021 will bring, we’re braced for continued disruption followed by signs of recovery – and we can be certain that there will be many more examples of incredible innovation, growth, and resilience among our members.


“These awards are a great opportunity to shout about what our region has to offer and the Chamber – along with our sponsors, whose continued support enables us these celebrations to happen – can’t wait to read another set of high-quality entries.”


Alongside the new awards, there will also be a return for the Environmental Impact Award introduced last year, as well as some old returning favourites such as Apprentice of the Year, Community Impact, Excellence in International Trade, and lastly Small Business of the Year.


There will also be an overall Business of the Year for each county chosen by headline sponsor Mazars. Last year’s winners were PR Marriott Drilling (Derbyshire), Air IT (Nottinghamshire), db automation, and Premier Bowl Feeders (Leicestershire).


The deadline for entries this year is Friday, May 7, 2021 and finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 30.


The winners will be chosen by a panel including members of the Chamber’s leadership team and board, as well as sponsors. This will be announced at awards ceremonies for each county at the end of this year.


For more information and to enter the Chamber Business Awards, visit the website.


Enquiries about sponsorship opportunities can be sent to partnerships manager Sanjib Sahota on sanjib.sahota@emc-dnl.co.uk or call 07776 596889.

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