BRADFORD Means Business Awards, the city’s premier business showcase, is now in its 10th year and once again we are inviting high-flying firms, new start-ups, upwardly mobile companies with vision and eager apprentices to come forward and be saluted.

The Telegraph & Argus Bradford Means Business Awards is one of the most eagerly-anticipated events in the corporate calendar in the region.

The aim is to highlight achievements, recognise innovation to industry and celebrate positive performance.

Nigel Burton, editor of the Telegraph & Argus, said: “Since our last Bradford Means Business Awards evening, one fundamental change has come about - Brexit.

“The country left the EU on January 31. And while the government thrashes out the finer details of the divorce - future trade deals being just one important element - life has to carry on. We cannot rest on our laurels but maximize our efficiencies, productivity and exposure to be in with a chance of flourishing as an independent nation.

“The way we trade will change as we seek to do business with countries far beyond our former European partners, but change brings opportunity and Bradford, with its rich mix of cultures, is in a unique position to take advantage of all opportunities.

“These awards help highlight what you are about, show the hard work you have put in and shine a spotlight on staff who help make a good business a great business.

“Nominate yourself, your boss, colleague, company, fledgling business, a hard working apprentice and get your name out there.

“If you are successful you will take away a fabulous marketing message, that of Bradford Means Business Award Winner 2020.”

The awards final will take place in the city on Thursday, July 9 and will be attended by hundreds of Bradford district business elite. It will be a celebration of the region’s best companies.

You can look for the nomination form on our website and nominate yourself or the business you think deserves one of these awards.

The first category we are featuring is New Business of the Year, sponsored by Bradford Bid.

The first few years of trading are always tricky, but exciting, with something that began with an idea, taking off and making money and creating jobs.

This award is for companies which have been operating for less than one year and can show imagination, sound planning, exceptional marketing and great flair and delivery.

We want to hear about the concept for the business, how it was devised, and what market research was undertaken.

How was the business plan put together? What are the main objectives? What advisers were recruited to help with budgeting and professional matters?

Your submission might also include your sales and marketing plans and how IT has been embraced.

We would like to know what the management structure of the company is and what projections there are for growth and employment opportunities.

If you are a new business owner, then put yourself forward. The deadline for entries is April 10

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