The Awards clock is ticking...

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There are just 10 days left to make nominations for this year’s Ackrill Media Group Business Awards.

Dozens of entries have already been received and scores more are expected to come in thick and fast prior to the deadline at noon on Monday, March 4.

If you’d like to enter, just click here

Last year, well over 100 nominations were received across the 13 categories.

The awards, which are sponsored by Verity Frearson estate agents, are open to businesses in the circulation area of the Harrogate Advertiser, Knaresborough Post, Wetherby News, Nidderdale Herald and Ripon Gazette – a vast area covering hundreds of square miles, stretching from Northallerton and Bedale in the north to north Leeds and Sherburn-in-Elmet in the south.

Reasons for entering can be varied, but for many business owners, it’s about raising their company’s profile among their potential customers.

Earthmill is a Wetherby company supplies wind turbines, mostly to the agricultural sector across the North and southern Scotland.

Managing director Steve Milner said: “We’re a local business, we employ local people and this is a great opportunity to win some local recognition.”

Ian Walker, on the other hand, sees several advantages to entering the awards.

He’s a partner in his family’s business, Studfold – The Nidderdale Experience, which last year won the Green Award.

“Not many people from Harrogate and beyond come all the way up here to Lofthouse – they stop at Pateley Bridge – so one reason we wanted to enter is so that this place becomes better known,” he said.

“Another reason is to publicise the green side of our business.

“But overall, it’s about recognition in other peoples’ eyes that you’re doing quite a good job.”

For other entrants, the recession is just one more reason to enter. Chris Jeffrey entered his Thirsk-based company, Green’s Farm Supplies, into the Best Rural Business category two years ago and won.

He said: “To be recognised by the Business Awards, especially in these uncertain economic times, would be a marvellous achievement.”

There are 13 awards in all:

Young Entrepreneur

Best Rural Business

Tourism Award

Green Award

Employee of the Year

Employer of the Year

Best Small Company

Best Medium Company

Best Large Company

Best Company Website

Harrogate Borough

Council Award

Business Personality of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

The awards as a whole are sponsored by estate agent Verity Frearson, and each individual award is sponsored by a local business name, such as Leeds Bradford Airport, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Berwins Solicitors, HACS, Covance and McCormicks Solicitors – as well as Harrogate Chamber of Commerce and Harrogate Borough Council.

Entering online is easy – just click here

The site lists all the criteria for each category, and businesses may enter as many categories as they wish.

Entry is free. The closing date is noon on Monday, March 4, and judging will take place in mid-March.

The awards dinner, which is the highlight of the district’s annual business calendar, will be held at Harrogate International Centre on Thursday, April 25.

Questions and queries about the Awards should be directed to Ginny Long on 01423 707 402.