Panel deliberates Western Morning News business awards
Judges have met to consider more than 160 entries received for the Western Morning News business awards with the shortlist set to be revealed in next Thursday's WMN business section.
A seven-strong judging panel entered the WMN's boardroom yesterday morning – emerging only after they had sifted through a strong field of entries representative of the Westcountry's diverse business base.
Judges were: Prydis chairman Bruce Priday; Simon Chamberlain, chairman of the Tamar Science Park; John Hutchings, from Plymouth University; Nigel Warren, of accountants Bishop Fleming; Tim Jones, chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; Carleen Kelemen, chairman of the Institute of Directors in Devon and Cornwall; Liz Parks WMN business editor and Monica Read, from South West Water.
WMN business editor Liz Parks said: "Going through the awards entries prompted some moments of genuine amazement about the nature and scale of business activities that place in the Westcountry. Many of the categories, such as best Hospitality and Tourism Business, were incredibly difficult to judge because there were so many entries from such diverse companies.
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"There were no easy decisions and I'd like to thank our judges for their expertise, time and input."
Tickets will shortly go on sale for the black tie dinner, to be held at the Holiday Inn, in Plymouth, on November 21 where Business Minister Lord Younger will give the keynote speech.
A total of 15 awards will be handed out on the night including the prestigious Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.
The overall event sponsor is South West Water's Source for Business. Other sponsors include: Brittany Ferries; Bishop Fleming, City College Plymouth, Plymouth University and First Great Western.