Bedfordshire’s newest tourist attraction Center Parcs Woburn Forest has a conference and events arm and a massive commitment to the county’s small business community.
Head of corporate sales Daniel Whittemore said: “SMEs play a vital role in the business community and it’s important that once a year time is taken out to recognise the achievements of members of the FSB.
“The new conference and events facilities at Center Parcs Woburn Forest will offer FSB members a truly unique experience and provide an inspirational setting for potential forthcoming meetings and events.
“Working with the FSB and its members will be important to raising awareness for the products and services offered by Center Parcs Conferences and Events and supporting the awards evening seemed like the perfect way to kick off what will hopefully be a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
The FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards were launched to an audience of sponsors and potential entrants on Wednesday at Basepoint, in Great Marlings, Luton.
Center Parcs is sponsoring the Overall County Winner and Community Business of the Year, joining a team of great sponsors:
Business Innovation award Sponsor, White Hart Press Employee of the Year Sponsor, Basepoint
Enterprising Business Sponsor, Luton Borough Council
Real Life Entrepreneur Sponsor, Alltech
Retailer of the Year Sponsor, Bedfordshire on Sunday
Best New Business Sponsor, Wenta
‘Olderpreneur’ Sponsor, George Hay & Co
Training and Development Sponsor, SEMLEP
Young Business Person of the Year Sponsor, Silvertoad
There are also awards for Service Excellence, Business Person of the Year and E-Business.
The contest puts the emphasis on success and growth.
Bedfordshire FSB branch chairman Ian Cording said: “It’s great to see Center Parcs show their commitment to the county’s small business community by getting behind these awards.
"Without a headline sponsor and all the other brilliant sponsors, these awards simply would not happen.”
Toma Habashi, managing director of Luton-based specialist media agency and new sponsor Silvertoad Ltd said winning a category at a previous FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards had helped the company win new business.
“The fact that a prestigious business organisation has judged us to be a winner has definitely given us an edge,” he said.
The free-to-enter awards are open to any sole trader or company employing up to 250 employees in Bedfordshire, not just members of the FSB. The entry process has been streamlined to include helpful hints to help busy entrepreneurs make the best entries possible.
Entrants can go for glory in up to three different categories. From all these award winners, chosen by an independent panel of judges, will emerge the Overall County Winner.
The 2013 overall winner was Leighton Buzzard law firm Osborne Morris & Morgan.