Let’s celebrate our award-winning businesses

Companies today are facing a multitude of challenges brought on by difficult economic conditions.

Despite this, firms in Northamptonshire have instigated or continued to launch initiatives that have helped them to grow and succeed, in turn create jobs and wealth.

Awards are vital in helping to bring recognition regionally and nationally to companies that make a significant contribution to the local economy and their industry.

Since the launch of the British Chamber Awards, which is marking its 10th anniversary this year, there has always been a member from Northamptonshire Chamber who has won the East Midlands round of the competition.

In fact Northamptonshire’s own DB Shoes, from Rushden, was crowned the national winner of the inaugural Chamber Awards in 2004.

The traditional shoe manufacturer was selected because of the way the business embraced its heritage and its modern and forward thinking ambitions.

For its owners Charles and David Denton, who are third generation family members of the original founders, it gave them the confidence that they were on the right path – consequently DB Shoes is still thriving today.

This year we proud to have Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa, near Towcester, shortlisted in two categories for the Chamber Awards 2013 finals: Marketing Campaign of the Year and Sustainability Award. The latter is for the second consecutive year.

The Chamber is excited to be joining them at a gala dinner in London, on 28 November, where they will find out if they have secured the national titles.

I am also delighted to be on the judging panel for the Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards which will be held on 12 December at the Daventry Court Hotel.

The two categories that I will be judging are the Online Business of the Year and International Trader of the Year.

To help me make my decision, I will be visiting the shortlisted companies to see the progress being made and to speak with the business directors.

These visits provide an enriching experience into how the firms operate behind the scenes and it always amazes me to hear how proudly employees talk about their achievements. Why shouldn’t they?

The Chamber is helping them to showcase their terrific work which are often the result of those who go the extra mile. They are also an inspiration to other businesses.

The awards are a great opportunity for companies to stand in the spotlight and to truly shine in front of others. I wish all of our shortlisted member companies every success in their individual categories.

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