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The closing date for the tenth Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards is fast approaching

The closing date for the 2020 Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, is now less than two weeks away!

Launched back in 2010, the award scheme was originally the brainchild of local businessman Garrey Haase, who owns and runs the Yorkshire Eyewear branches in Goole and Howden. For the last decade, the awards scheme and ceremony has been organised annually by a committee of volunteers from the local business community. As Chairman of the organising committee, Garrey is thrilled that the awards are still going strong ten years on.

He told Our Goole: “Since the Goole and Howdenshire Business Awards were first launched, more than 100 local businesses and organisations from a wide variety of different sectors have been recognised for their achievements. The awards are a fantastic celebration of everything that’s great about doing business in the Goole and Howdenshire area of East Yorkshire. They’re a way of shouting about our successes and achievements, and really helping to put our area on the map.”

“Last year we received a record number of entries and I hope that we can surpass that to mark our tenth anniversary by persuading even more businesses and organisations to be part of it.”

The categories for this year are as follows: 
• Innovative Business (sponsored by Press Association).
• New Business of the Year (sponsored by Danbrit Holdings Ltd.).
• Small Business of the Year (sponsored by MNA Group Ltd.).
• Large Business of the Year (sponsored by Chronicle Publications Ltd.)
• Contribution to the Community – Business (sponsored by H. Walton Ltd.)
• Contribution to the Community – Charity/Voluntary sector (sponsored by Business Enterprise Fund).
• Environmentally Friendly Business of the Year (sponsored by Siemens).
• Employee of the Year (sponsored by Goole College).
• Employer of the Year (sponsored by Townends Accountants LLP).
• Marketing Excellence (sponsored by Fil).

As in previous years, the independent judging panel will also be asked to select an Overall Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Link Agency) from the entrants, and the organising committee will nominate someone to receive the Tim Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Jos. Richardson & Son Ltd.)

Organisations entering the awards are encouraged to enter more than one category and ‘go all out’ to showcase their strengths and skills. The organisers are also urging those who have previously made it to the short list or won an award to enter the 2020 awards to demonstrate their ever-increasing skills, top-notch customer relations or their impact on the local community.

The black tie awards ceremony, which is organised in partnership with the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, will, once again, be held at Goole High School and hosted by the BBC’s Harry Gration, who has compered the event since it was first launched. The 2020 event will take place on Friday 21 February.

For more information and entry forms, visit the website at www.goolebusinessawards.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Monday 2 December.

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