6th October 2015
The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Surrey County Councillor Alan Young, have launched the first Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards.
These awards will highlight, recognise and celebrate the area’s entrepreneurial businesses, from micro businesses to large, from newly set up to well established.
The Cranleigh & District BIG Awards were formally launched and open for entries on Monday 5th October, with a closing date for entries of 20th November.
The winner of the inaugural Cranleigh BIG Award will be presented with a £3,500 cash prize and trophy at a sparkling awards evening on 11th January 2016 at the Cranleigh Arts Centre. In addition, a Highly Commended entry will receive a £500 cash prize and trophy.
Businesses can submit their own entry or be nominated to win an award. Entrants can be at any stage in a business lifecycle but should demonstrate innovation, commitment to growth and employee best practice. It is not necessary to be a Chamber member to enter the BIG Awards.
Alan Young, Surrey County Councillor for Cranleigh and Ewhurst, is sponsoring the awards alongside One Forty, Informed Choice and Cranleigh Arts Centre. This generous sponsorship has enabled Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce to deliver an entirely free competition.
Richard Graham of One Forty, President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, commented:
“Cranleigh and surrounding villages hold a vibrant business community, often hidden from public view. Alan Young and the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce want to celebrate their achievements and the Cranleigh BIG Awards represent the perfect opportunity to do so.
“We look forward to receiving entries from a variety of business types across all sectors, ranging from start-ups to established firms, from home based ventures to internationally trading companies.”
Shortlisted entries will be judged by an expert business panel including Alan Young, Rosemary French OBE and Nick Bamford.
The Cranleigh & District BIG Awards are open to any business, social enterprise or not for profit organisation located within Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Albury, Shere, Gomshall, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary, Forest Green, Ockley, Walliswood, Rudgwick, Alfold, Dunsfold, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Blackheath, Loxwood and all areas in between.
To find out more, businesses should visit www.cranleighbiz.co.uk/bigawards.