For the third year, the Telegraph & Argus are holding our Bradford Means Business Awards... and we need you to help us find winners in two categories.

The Bradford Means Business Awards are about honouring those who have pulled through some of the worst economic times in recent memory – those who have survived, those who have thrived and those who have set up shop.

While most of our categories are aimed at companies nominating themselves, we also want to hear about the best employers and those who provide the best public services or customer satisfaction. And those nominations are better coming from the people who know best.

The first category in which we’ll be seeking public nominations is the Retail, Leisure or Hospitality Business of the Year, sponsored by Westfield.

We want to hear about the highest standards of customer service from our readers’ favourite businesses.

It might be a hotel, pub, restaurant, shop or any business that has day-to-day contact with the public. Fill in the form here to make your nomination in the Retail, Leisure or Hospitality Business of the Year category.

Last year’s winner was Summers Butchers. John Summers, who has run the business on Druids Lane in Clayton for the past two decades, said he wanted to thank members of the community for supporting their local butcher.

Speaking after collecting his award, he said: “It was great to be nominated by our customers and to receive that recognition. We’re so grateful to everyone who voted for us. They’re the ones who’ve put us here and we can’t thank them enough.”

When it comes to the category of Employer of the Year, sponsored by Gordons solicitors, we know the only people who can truly nominate for this are those who work for the business.

We want to know about the working environment, people development, training and a commitment to the general well-being of the workforce. You can nominate for this category on the form or online.

The 2012 winner in this category was Clough and Co accountants, which has offices in Cleckheaton and Keighley.

Roger Thompson of the company said: “It’s fabulous. We spend an awful lot of time training young people, and the number of people who stay with us once they qualify and go on to have a career with us is fantastic.”

Clough and Co received plaudits including: “The working environment is good, my fellow staff are motivated and hard-working, and there is a certain satisfaction in seeing the company succeed.”

Is your boss worthy of a gong? Is your local retailer in need of a boost? Get your nominations to us by the first-stage deadline of FRIDAY, MARCH 29.

Click here to make your nominations for the Bradford Means Business Awards 2013