It’s the final countdown for the East Dunbartonshire Business Awards.
All nominations must be received by close of play this Friday (11 April).
Nominations have been pouring in for the awards and after Friday the judging process - involving a panel of experts from a range of disciplines - will begin.
There are 10 categories for budding businesses and enterprising entrepreneurs:
*Start-up Business - for firms which have started trading in the past 12 months that show outstanding ambition and commitment to growing their business
*Best use of E-Commerce - for businesses using e-commerce to increase sales and brand awareness
*Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Business -for firms which have shown growth, excellence in customer service, innovation or community engagement
*Social Enterprise - for social enterprises which demonstrate excellence in terms of business activities and community impact
*People Development - for a business which has shown outstanding commitment to employee development and training
*Growth Business - for a firm which has shown outstanding commitment to grow its business idea
*Independent Retailer - for a local business which has shown excellence in providing high-quality retailing and customer service
*Large Employer - for a business which employs more than 50 people and has shown outstanding investment in people, equipment, property or processes
*Young Business Person - for an individual aged under 30 who has shown outstanding achievement in developing his or her business idea
*Business of the Year - for the best overall business from the winners of the other nine awards
The awards will be handed out on May 9 at a special evening event in The Eagle Lodge, Bishopbriggs.
The sponsors include Exchange Communications, Aldermore Bank, 365 Recovery, Business Gateway and East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Development and Regeneration Committee, said, “Time is running out for you to nominate a local business, service, social enterprise or entrepreneur who you feel deserves recognition.
“I would urge companies, large and small, to put themselves forward for an award and would also ask local people to nominate those businesses which deliver great services or products.
“The business awards will be a terrific showcase of good practice and innovative working locally - rewarding forward-thinking firms and providing inspiration.
“Don’t miss out on the chance to secure a local business awards ‘Oscar’ and put the spotlight on the driving forces helping to power the economy in East Dunbartonshire.”
The closing date for nominations is this Friday, April 11. Forms are available via the Council website - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/businessawards. Call 0141 578 8530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awards evening will also include a charity fundraiser in aid of a number of local organisations, reflecting the continuing support from businesses for good causes across the area.
Nominations for charities and organisations to benefit are being sought. You can e-mail your suggestions to email@example.com
The aim is to find a variety of good causes which work in East Dunbartonshire to help, for example, community initiatives, children, the elderly, people with additional support needs, the environment, young enterprise and more.