Winners won’t miss this chance of glory

THERE are just days left for businesses across Bedfordshire and Luton to enter a major county-wide business awards scheme.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 2nd October 2012, 6:00 pm

This year’s Rising Stars Bedfordshire and Luton Business Excellence Awards has 10 categories to go for but the closing date is Friday, October 5.

Awards sponsors are urging local companies to enter.

The awards, organised for the last 19 years by Premier Newspapers, are being held in association with Barclays.

Martin Bonner, regional business director, for Business Banking at Barclays, said: “2012 will go down in history as a year that saw the streets crowded for The Queen’s Silver Jubilee and our sporting heroes striving hard to make us all proud. Spirit, determination and hard work is also what makes a good business person and the Rising Stars Business Awards play an important part in making sure the entrepreneurial spirit is recognised. We have already seen some exciting entries, but there is still time to put your business forward to showcase your achievements.

Charles Little of sponsors Keens Shay Keens, which is behind the customer service award, urges those considering entering to give it that extra time to turn it into a quality award winning entry.

Guy Moliterno, from Mayfair, said: “Mayfair is looking for the best businesses of the year with under 50 employees because they share our energy and drive. The Bedfordshire economy depends on brilliant small companies and we are looking forward to sharing in this celebration of their success.”

Kishor Patel, of Nisa Local in Houghton Regis and Toddington said: “As a business that takes pride in our community involvement, we are looking forward to seeing other examples of such devotion to the community.”

And Gary Dunger of SA Law, sponsoring Business of the Year over 50 employees, said: “Its wonderful to be a part of an awards ceremony with a strong reputation which rewards and recognises local business excellence at all levels and demonstrates pride in the hard work of Bedfordshire businesses. Entering your company is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your success and gain maximum exposure for your business which has never been more important given today’s economy. So what are you waiting for?”

There will be an awards presentation evening on Thursday, November 8 at the Bedford Corn Exchange with a celebrity host ‘Show Me the Funny’ winner Patrick 

For details of all the 10 awards categories, guidelines and how to enter, visit and look for Rising Stars business awards.

A special award will also be given on the night.