How to enter
EMAIL email@example.com stating which category or categories you wish to enter along with your name, business and telephone numbers.
Once your email has been received you will be sent an entry pack for the award/awards you wish to enter. Entries close on January 31.
Judges will then convene to make their decisions and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at the King's Hall, Stoke, in March, 2013.
Each entry will be featured in The Sentinel – promoting your business to tens of thousands of people across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
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Terms: With free entry just visit the show at the Moat House hotel Festival Park between 11am and 4pm and pick up a leaflet
Contact: 01782 342609
Valid until: Sunday, June 23 2013
Entries will feature in the paper every Monday and Wednesday.
Companies reaching the finals of the awards will be profiled in films – sponsored by Dains – to be shown at the awards presentation dinner.
Should you require more information, the key contacts at The Sentinel for the awards are: Mary-ann Astle (01782 602681, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Martin Tideswell (01782 602541, email@example.com).
Once you receive your entry pack you can get guidance on how to fill in the forms.
Businesses seeking help can contact one of Stoke-on-Trent's most well-known accountancy businesses – Dains, in Etruria.
Email Andrew Bentley at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01782 262121.
The Business Support Team at Keele University Science and Business Park are also happy to advise those businesses looking for some help completing their applications. Email: email@example.com or call 01782 734467.
The categories are:
Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent College);
Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Keele University Science and Business Park);
Young Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Beswicks Solicitors). Entrants must be aged 40 or under on January 1, 2012;
Training Excellence Award (sponsored by Ageas Insurance Solutions);
Business Innovation Award (sponsored by the Business Innovation Centre);
Environmental Business Award (sponsored by Lister Trade Frames);
Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council). Turnover should not exceed £5 million during an entrant's most recent full trading year;
Community Engagement Award (Sponsored by The Prince's Charities);
International Trade Award (sponsored by UK Trade and Investment);
Science in Business Award (sponsored by Staffordshire University);
Business of the Year (sponsored by Barclays). Open to companies with an annual turnover in excess of £5 million.