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Date published: 22nd October 2018

The second North Norfolk Business Awards are now open for entries – and businesses across the district are being encouraged to put themselves forward to win one of the prestigious titles.

The 2019 awards (#NNBA19) are being organised and hosted by North Norfolk District Council. The 2018 awards, which were held back in February, saw scores of entries, and it is expected that the competition will be even stronger this time.

Following feedback, the number of categories has been increased to eight with the introduction of a Small Business award. It means that businesses of all sizes and in all sectors should be able to find a suitable category to enter. The awards are free to enter.

Sponsors of the awards include Eastlaw, the Fakenham & Wells Times, Menta, New Anglia LEP, the North Norfolk News and Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Judging will take place early in 2019. Once the shortlists have been drawn up, the awards night will be held at Gresham’s School, Holt, in February, where the eight winners will be unveiled.

The awards night will again be hosted by Chris Sargisson, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

Cllr John Lee, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Leader of the Conservative Group at NNDC, said: “Our inaugural Business Awards were a huge success and they were greatly appreciated by the local business community.

“It gives us the opportunity to reward local businesses for the hard work that they put into making North Norfolk a thriving, diverse and great place to do business.”

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of the Lib Dem Group at NNDC, said: “Local businesses and entrepreneurs contribute significantly to the vitality and viability of the communities we serve, bringing both economic benefits and employment to the area.

“I am delighted we are able to recognise these contributions with these awards.”

Cllr John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group at NNDC, said: “This event is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurial skills of traders in this district and to reward them for the very valuable contribution that they make to the community and tourism.”

The full list of categories is Agriculture, Horticulture & Countryside; Business Growth; Environment; Innovation; New Business; Small Business; Tourism & Hospitality; and Young People & Skills.

To enter, please visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/nnba

Last updated: 22nd October 2018