Why we want to celebrate the Derbyshire Times Business Awards

The winners and highly commended for the Apprentice of the Year presented by Julie Richards, principal and CEO of the Chesterfield College Group.
The winners and highly commended for the Apprentice of the Year presented by Julie Richards, principal and CEO of the Chesterfield College Group.

Chesterfield College prides itself in working in partnership with thousands of businesses and organisations across the area to develop the skills they need.

This gives us a unique insight into the successes of the local business community and is the reason we were keen to get involved to celebrate the Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

There is a lot for businesses and organisations to shout about and the awards are a great way to celebrate the contribution they are making to the town.

Chesterfield is home to a wide variety of businesses and organisations which help to put the town on the map. From large household names to smaller niche start-up businesses and service organisations, employers are helping to make a huge impact in the town, across the county and on our economy.

Businesses in Chesterfield provide employment for 48,000 people and attract 20,000 commuters to the area.

Some key national brands have chosen to base their headquarters in Chesterfield and there is a strong engineering sector operating in and around the area.

According to the latest Derbyshire quarterly economic review the levels of entrepreneurship in our area are on the rise and that is evident in some of the exciting new businesses that we have seen open up on the high street and beyond.

Chesterfield is well placed for making the most of the rise in visitors to the area and has seen a thriving food and drink scene develop over recent years.

New developments in the town mean that this is a trend that looks set to continue.

I have seen the difference employers make to their local communities, their staff, apprentices and students, which is why we wanted to help the wider local business community celebrate their achievements later this year.

Chesterfield College is hosting the awards ceremony on 15th November 2018 and we are looking forward to welcoming the shortlisted nominees.

I would urge businesses with great examples of best practice to make sure they submit an entry before the deadline so that they can shine a spotlight on the work that they do and get the recognition they deserve from their employees, customers and the wider business community.

- You can enter our 10th annual business awards; register your intention to enter with a chance to WIN a FREE Critique Plus by expert awards writer Lucinda White.

Winning a Derbyshire Times Business Award will help your organisation to stand out from the crowd, send a positive message to your existing customers and attract new business.

You can submit your entry at any time, but before the entry deadline of 5pm on Thursday September 20 - so you have plenty of time to prepare your submission.

The awards ceremony takes place at Chesterfield College on Thursday November 15.

Visit our awards website for more details, to register and to submit your entries via www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/businessawards