Two regional business awards in England are appealing for entrants ahead of approaching entry deadlines. In Luton, Bedfordshire, the 2005 Rising Stars Business Excellence Awards have announced that TV and radio broadcaster Angela Rippon will be guest speaker at their gala awards ceremony in November. The closing date for entries to these awards is September 30th. There are ten categories: Company of the Year; Business Training; Small to Medium Sized Business; Young Employee; Employee; Championing the Power of Learning; Sustainable Business; Best Use of E-Commerce; Business Personality; and New Business of the Year. Meanwhile in Peterborough the local Evening Telegraph newspaper is celebrating ten years of celebrating business success in the area. The Business Awards will be presented this year by television news presenter Dermot Murnaghan at a gala ceremony in November. The eight categories for the Peterborough Business Awards, with sponsors (in brackets), are: Business of the Year (Barclays); Small Business of the Year (Business Link); Business Person of the Year Award (Buckles); Customer Care Award (Norwich & Peterborough Building Society); Contribution to the Community Award (Peterborough City Council); Workforce Development Award (Rawlinsons); Environmental Business Award (Global Olivine); and a new award, the Retail Award, which is sponsored by Queensgate, the developers of the North Westgate retail, leisure and entertainment complex.
Both these regional business awards schemes share features that are common to many successful awards: they involve local, as well as national, sponsors; they involve local media - to the point of actually being produced by local newspapers; and they will both use media personalities as presenters, comperes or guest speakers at their gala awards ceremonies. In many ways, the use of media personalities is a no-brainer: they are professional presenters, and so are vastly experienced at performing to an audience. By selecting current and former newsreaders, the organisers have chosen to bring an element of credibility and gravitas to the event - a real bonus for any serious business awards. Visit our directory site for listings of speaker and presenter agencies.