Business awards deadline extended

THE deadline for companies entering the Scottish Borders Council Business Excellence Awards has been extended by a week until February 17.

There are eight categories in the contest which is open to Borders-based firms

Potential entrants are being urged to visit www.ourscottishborders.com/awards to review the criteria for each category.

Linda and Derek Chapman, of Maplehurst Boutique Guest House in Galashiels, won the creative marketing award last year.

Mrs Chapman said: “Winning the award has given us greater exposure through being able to advertise our success. This is especially relevant on our website and guests often comment on the award and how it encouraged them to visit the Borders.”

award categories

z Start-up/new business (sponsored by Purves CA) – for any businesses or enterprise trading since October 1, 2009, which can demonstrate significant business success in its first two years.

z Technology and innovation (ProStrakan) – for any business, regardless of sector or size, which has introduced a new product, process, innovation, idea or design making a contribution to the business in the last 12 months.

z International business (Smart Exporter) – for both novice and established exporters who can exhibit excellence in driving forward export-led initiatives and orders.

z Marketing campaign (South of Scotland Creative Clusters project) – for any business or enterprise, regardless of sector or size, which can demonstrate improved branding, design or marketing during the last 12 months.

z Tourism (Visit Scotland) – for any business or enterprise, new or established, operating within the tourism sector.

z Retail and town centre business (Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce) – for any independent retailers who operate traditional retail outlets and/or sell to the consumer through any other direct method.

z Employer of the year (Federation of Small Businesses) – for any business which has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the development and welfare of its workforce.

z Green business (Green Business Partnership) – for any business which has addressed an environmental or ecological concern within its operations.

The shortlist will be announced in TheSouthern on February 23.