Business Excellence Awards return

Business Excellence Awards return

FROM internationally-run businesses to up-and-coming companies who are set to make a big impact in the future, Essex has proven to be a hotbed of business success in recent years.

And in order to celebrate this success, the Business Excellence Awards Essex is set to return to the county later this year.

Taking place on Thursday 26 September, the awards brings together people from across the region for a night of celebration and recognition of their success during the past 12 months. People of all ages and from across a number of sectors have a spotlight shone on them at the awards with 14 categories up for grabs.

This includes the evening’s most sought-after award, Company of the Year. Awarded to that one business that stands out above all others, last year this award went the way of transport group, 24×7 Ltd. With a fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles, one area it specialises in is the transport of children. It often helps children who are vulnerable get to school with their energy-efficient vehicles and highly trained staff of drivers.

As well as being home to a whole host of large businesses, Essex also embraces SMEs and the SME Business of the Year celebrates one particular small or medium sized business which has a proven track record of success. In 2018, this category went the way of Imaginators. A print production company expert at delivering solutions for music events, festivals and sporting occasions, the business was acknowledged for its fantastic work in its sector which has seen it gain clients such as Wembley Stadium, Reading & Leeds festival and Tottenham Hotspur.

With new businesses opening their doors in the region on a regular basis, there is also an award that celebrates the impact these companies make to the regional business community. Nominees for this category will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of The Bottle Club which was victorious last year. An online drinks retailer delivering a range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks directly to clients, the business is dedicated to providing customers with the best quality of drink.

The black-tie event will take place at one of Essex’s most iconic venues, Essex County Cricket Club and, as well as rewarding business success, the night will also provide the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for charity.

All money raised on the night will go the way of the awards’ official charity partner, Lord’s Taverners. The UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity supports disadvantaged and disabled young children across the country and relies on charitable donations to fund its efforts. A game of stand-up bingo and silent auction will take place to raise money for the charity.

Nominations for this year’s awards will close on Friday 14 June and for more information on how to nominate, visit the dedicated website

The night will be hosted by TV comedian Mark Dolan and Denise van Outen. For more information get in touch with Shannon Taylor at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email