The SME Bedfordshire Business Awards is coming to town again for its seventh year running – and this high-profile celebration of successful businesses in the local area now has a stronger connection to us here at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce than ever before.
Why? Because whilst we’ve sponsored the Awards many times in the past, this time we’re actually the organisers and they are now our Awards!
And we’ll be making sure you have every possible opportunity to benefit from the spotlight that this well established and respected event focuses on the great businesses that shine in our county.
Here’s a bit more about the Awards categories, our special launch event where you can get all the information you need, and how you can get your entry in early (and at lower cost!)
Over 20 categories to enter
The Awards are well known for their extensive category coverage, which is highly inclusive, meaning there’s potentially something for everyone.
From geographic categories (Business of the Year for Bedford, Luton, and Central Bedfordshire), to categories of age and size, to more specific awards (growth, innovation, sustainability, individuals, apprenticeships, not-for-profit, and many more), the emphasis is on enabling your business and its people to tell a knockout story to the world, no matter how general or particular the achievements.
To see all the categories available, you can visit the event website here.
Exceptional PR and marketing
Naturally, the Awards (and their winners) generate a hefty amount of local press coverage, which ultimately widens the audience your business can reach.
But we’ll also be working to ensure both pre- and post-event publicity is maximised through our own marketing channels. This will include social posts, website content, email campaigns, editorial in local business publications. and features in the Focus magazine that all our members receive.
Publicity on a national scale – plus sponsorship
And the benefits don’t stop at the county boundary, either. The Awards are part of a national range of events, and if you’re a winner in certain categories, you’ll automatically make it through to the SME National Business Awards Final, where you’ll be in the company of some of the best businesses in the UK.
In addition, there are sponsorship opportunities available that give you a great opportunity to raise your business’s profile, whether you win or not.
Where to get more info – and early bird discount
To find out more about the Awards and receive some handy tips to help you write a stronger entry, please register for our Awards launch event at Connect Over Coffee in the New Year.
Entry dates and award night dates are still to be confirmed, but pre-launch entries are now open at a discounted rate. You can enter any one of the many categories before 17th January 2024 to receive the special discounted entry price, by clicking on the appropriate Enter Here button here.
In the meantime, for more information on how to enter the Awards, find out about sponsorship opportunities, or become a Chamber member, visit www.chamber-business.com or call our friendly team on 01582 522448.