The start of a new year — and the signal for new and exciting times for South Devon’s business community and market place.
And time, too, for the Herald Express South Devon Business Awards for 2018!
The awards are now seen as one of the highlights, if not the main highlight, of the local business calendar with entries coming in from across South Devon.
Headline sponsored once again this year by TDA, they aim to recognise and celebrate those who have gone that extra mile and shown true grit and determination to take their business to a different level.
They could be individuals just starting their careers or somebody excelling in customer care.
Herald Express editor Jim Parker presents the 2017 awards (Image: Andy Uglow Pyramid Photography)
Or they could be companies who have just started up or those who have become established but have had to find innovative ways to keep them at the top of the table.
Those award-winning characteristics are covered by some of our award categories this year.
And it’s fantastic to see that we already have three of the categories sponsored by South Devon College, Bishop Fleming and Pavey Group.
Herald Express editor Jim Parker said: “It truly is a privilege and honour for the Herald Express to be leading these awards. It is also brilliant to be working alongside and having on board TDA as our headline partners once again this year. The work they do in promoting and generating business and jobs is second to none and it is very befitting that they should be so closely associated with this initiative.
“Thanks as well to South Devon College, Bishop Fleming and Pavey Group to be among the first sponsors for some of our categories.”
Last year’s awards attracted a record number of entries and the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay was jam-packed for a sensational night of celebration for a glittering finals night.
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Jim Parker says: “Let’s see if we can make it even bigger and better this year.”
How the enter
Entries close on Friday February 9 with the awards night set for the RICC on Friday March 16.
All the details of how to enter etc can be found at www.devonlive.com/HEbusiness .
This year’s categories are:
Apprentice employer of the year (sponsored by South Devon College)
Excellence in customer service
Innovative business of the year
(sponsored by Bishop Fleming)
Leisure or tourism business of the year
Best new start up business
Young business person of the year
The business growth of the year 1-25 employees
(sponsored by Pavey group)
The business growth of the year 26+ employees
Independent business of the year
Corporate social or environmental responsibility
Employer of the year award
Exporter of the year
Digital business of the year
Source: Devon live