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Time is running out for entries to the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2010-11. The Awards will celebrate the best of Borders businesses, and Scottish Borders Council is urging businesses and social economy organisations to send in their applications. Applications to the Awards close on Friday 4th February.

Vicky Davidson, SBC Executive Member for Economic Development said “These Awards give business owners the opportunity to showcase their successes and gain the recognition they deserve. There is a great range and variety of businesses in the Borders, and the Council, together with public and private sector partners, is running these Awards to highlight business achievements and promote entrepreneurship. We are delighted with the response so far, and look forward to receiving even more applications over the next two weeks.” Three businesses in each category will be short listed as finalists, and representatives from the companies will be invited to an awards lunch on Friday 18th March at the Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels, where presentations will be made to the finalists and the category winners will be announced.

The Business Excellence Awards will recognise the achievement of businesses across seven categories:

New business of the year, sponsored by Business Gateway, and open to any business or enterprise that has started trading since October 2008.

Innovation of the year, sponsored by ProStrakan, open to any enterprise that has introduced a new product, process, design or idea in the last 12 months.

Employer of the year, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, and open to employers who can show how their business has benefited from their commitment to training and developing their workforce.

Growth business of the year, sponsored by Purves Chartered Accountants, open to any business in the Borders that can show outstanding growth in sales and/or profitability.

International trader of the year, sponsored by Scottish Chambers International. This award is open to new and established exporters and will recognise businesses that show success in driving forward their export strategies.

Independent retailer of the year, in association with the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, open to traditional and online retailers of all types, and showcasing the quality of independent retailers in the Borders.

Creative Marketing award, sponsored by the South of Scotland Creative Clusters project. This is a new award this year, and will recognise the achievements of any business that can show how they have improved their branding, design or marketing through the use of professional creative services.

Application forms are available to download from www.ourscottishborders.com or by emailing business@scotborders.gov.uk For more information phone Lesley Kelso on 01835 826727.

Entries close on Friday 4th February.