13 February 2018

The Mendip Business Awards are now open to entries from all businesses with premises within the district. The awards are now in their 4th year and are set for success following the impressive standard of entries received last year.  The Awards are held to recognise and celebrate some of the 5,700 independent and vibrant businesses based in Mendip.  The real highlights for the judges and the rest of the team involved in the awards is the opportunity to read about and uncover the history of many of our local successes.

Winning an award not only offers a fantastic opportunity for extensive free marketing, but can be a real boost for the whole team, whilst offering reassurance to any potential customers that they’re using an award winning firm. 2017 Business of the Year was won by Westcombe based Wild Beer Co – an international brewery that prides itself on a deep seated passion for fermentation, flavour and creativity.  The business has also been recognised by the Bath Good Food Awards and the BBC Food and Farming Awards.  Wild Beer Co also achieved great phenomenal success with their recent crowd-funding campaign of £1.79million for a new, second brewery at the Bath & West Showground.

The 2017 New and International Business of the Year award was won by Frome based, Living DNA. Managing Director, Hannah Morden said that winning an award was “a great confirmation of the direction we are heading in. It also shows other businesses that no matter where you are located, it is possible to go global.”

This year’s awards have a category for every type of business, including a new category ‘Apprentice of the Year’, recognising the talented stars of tomorrow. Entries in this category come from the employer, making it a great way to recognise hard work and talent.

Entries close at noon on Friday 23rd March, with the final results announced at the Awards evening on Thursday 31st May.  The Awards will be hosted by ITV Somerset’s Ben McGrail and also offer a fantastic opportunity to network with Mendip’s finest.  Tickets go on sale on 5th March 2018 and are £30pp which includes entry to the evening, drinks reception and a delicious 3 course meal of locally sourced produce.

To submit an award entry, register your interest in tickets or for more information please visit: www.mendipbusinessawards.co.uk or email bizawards@mendip.gov.uk

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