Entrepreneurs hoping to claim gold in one of the North-east’s most prestigious business awards have been given an extra week to perfect their entries following a 45 per cent rise in registrations.
The closing date for entries in the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence 2014 was initially set for March 7, but Enterprise North East Trust (Enterprise), whichruns the awards, and headline sponsors RBS – Ahead For Business, have made the decision to extend the closing date to Friday, March 14 after 181 businesses registered in one or more of the 10 high-profile award categories.
The prestigious awards, in their 15th year, aim to encourage enterprise by rewarding entrepreneurial companies and individuals that are capable of leading the future prosperity of Grampian.
Gary McEwan, chief executive of Enterprise, said: “The awards support and showcase the success of entrepreneurship in business and it is good to see such a variety of businesses getting involved in the competition.”
Mike Fergusson, RBS director of commercial banking, added: “The number of registrations for the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence has been impressive with an uplift of 45% on 2013 registrations. This only goes to show how important the awards are in recognising and celebrating business excellence in the North-east. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the entrants the very best for the application stage.”
As an additional benefit this year, a special finalists celebration event will beheld in April before the last stage of the race to claim gold in the awardsceremony in June.
The black tie awards ceremony will be held at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday, June 26.