“It’s just my job” or “I’ve never really thought about it.”
Those are the two phrases I come across most when asking businesses and individuals why they don’t enter awards.
Whether they’re a one-man band whose launched a new venture after being made a redundant, an entrepreneur who has created an innovative new product or the managing director of a multi-million pound business, they always try to convince me that what they are doing isn’t a big deal.
And while last year may have been difficult, to say the least, it doesn’t mean we still can’t shine a spotlight on companies and individuals who are making waves in their industry.
Since the start of the pandemic, I have come across some amazing businesses who have adapted to new ways of working, entered new markets and are generally thriving.
Of course there has been casualties along the way, but that should be one of the reasons why companies who have survived these unprecedented times should be celebrating.
Every single one of the businesses I deal with day-to-day – and those I come across less regularly – deserves recognition.
They are all playing a part in putting Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and the Midlands on the map as THE place to do business.
So now is the time to shout about it and show people the many, many reasons why the region is so great.
BusinessLive’s sister site, StokeonTrentLive – and its newspaper counterpart The Sentinel – has been has been celebrating the success of the local businesses community in Staffordshire and South Cheshire for more than 25 years.
The StokeonTrentLive Business Awards is the largest annual event of its kind in Staffordshire and aims to champion the innovators, wealth-creators and businesses that are achieving great things.
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Businesses and individuals have until Tuesday, March 2 to apply across 13 categories which recognise Growth, International Trade, Innovation and more.
The awards – which are being supported by headline sponsor and Science and Technology category sponsor Staffordshire University – are the perfect opportunity for local businesses to showcase their successes among the best in the business.
Will you be entering any awards this year? Let us know in the comments section below
So if you’re an entrepreneur who is looking to make their mark on the industry, have recently started exporting or have a revolutionary new product in the pipeline – visit the website to enter.
This year’s event will take place virtually – given the current Covid-19 restrictions – on Thursday, April 22.