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Awards will celebrate best in business in the district

A RECORD number of businesses from around Bognor Regis will be gathering for an evening of celebration and recognition next week.


The better than ever representation from the town at the 2016 Arun Business of The Year Awards shows its thriving commercial sector. They hope to receive awards for their achievements and follow last year’s winners such as overall business title-holders Regis Removals, pictured above. This sizeable contingent will ensure the 2016 Arun Business of the Year Awards next Friday will be the biggest ceremony so far.


Held at Butlin’s, this will be the 19th year of the event and already all 240 tickets are taken. There is also a large waiting list of those who hope to attend. Miriam Nicholls, the business development manager at Arun District Council, expressed her pride in this wholesale support for firms in the area. She said: “The awards ceremony is a chance to celebrate what’s amazing about these small businesses.”


There were also more entries overall than in previous years which provided the judging panel with a difficult time choosing the finalists. Last Friday saw the judges meet to select the best businesses in Arun. Sponsors of the awards’ categories were asked to make up the judging panel providing their own expert knowledge of business management and the local area. It took them three and a half hours assessing the strong points of each entrant before they created a shortlist for each category and then individually voted for their favourites in secret. None of the judges yet know what the final results are and therefore the winners will be a surprise to them as well as the nominees and public.


Miriam also explained the opportunities these awards provided to everyone involved to further boost awareness of their products and services. “Local businesses need promoting and this is a great way to do that,” she said.


Past winner The Beachcroft Hotel in Felpham has built on this opportunity to create a new category to encourage young people to become involved in business. as a tribute to former owner Robert Warham, who tragically passed away earlier this year at the age of 54, The Robert Warham Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year was created to celebrate the contribution Mr Warham made to the local business community throughout his career. The award’s aim is to recognise young individuals who share the spirit of entrepreneurship held by Mr Warham.


An exciting evening for those involved, the ceremony will also be an inspiration to residents interested in their local area.

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