Last chance to enter the Reporter Series Business Awards

Don’t miss out – the closing date for entries for the Reporter Series Business Awards is near.

Entries are rolling in for the black tie event of the season – and the closing date is Friday September 13.

Sponsored once again by opticians chain Specsavers, our awards celebrate the best in local business and entrepreneurship.

This year’s glitzy awards ceremony will take place on October 24 at Dewsbury Town Hall, presented by Look North host Claire Frisby.

The evening is an excellent opportunity to network with other businesses from across the district.

We are looking for businesses of all shapes and sizes, as long as they have been trading since at least April 2012.

We will feature as many entries as possible in our papers and winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges.

If you want to enter the awards, visit and fill in the online application form, or you can download it and post the completed form to Kate Wobschall at the Reporter, 17 Wellington Road, Dewsbury WF13 1HQ.

The categories are:

Entrepreneur of the Year

We are looking to celebrate the achievements of an individual who has made a big impact with a concept or an idea.

New Business of the Year

The winner will be an organisation that began trading after April 2012.

SME of the Year

The small and medium-sized enterprise award will go to a company employing fewer than 25 people.

Larger Business of the Year

The winner will employ more than 25 people and will have displayed excellent performance or leadership.

Retailer of the Year

Successful nominations may come from independent retailers or from a local branch of a national chain.

Business for the Digital Age

We want fresh ideas for enhancing business through new technology or businesses emerging out of the latest technological advances.

Innovation Award

Have you had a great idea which you have turned into a business or an idea which has helped an existing company to stay afloat or even to expand? 
Investing in the Future

The winner of this award has to show its commitment to getting the best out of its workforce and investing in their futures.

Business or Business Person of the Year

This award recognises someone who has made a big impact in the business world.