THE first Lyme Regis Business Awards were officially launched today (Friday).
The awards, which will celebrate the best of local business with 14 categories, were officially launched by Nigel Reeve from Marketing West in a special video today.
Mr Reeve introduced the idea behind the awards and then handed over to Philip Evans MBE, managing director of Lyme Regis Media Ltd – publishers of the LymeOnline website and newspaper – which has joined forces with Marketing West to organise the awards.
Mr Evans said: “Here’s a chance of the people of Lyme Regis to demonstrate their gratitude to the business owners and their staff for maintaining their service during these difficult times.”
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, also appeared on the video, saying he was delighted to support the awards scheme as there had “rarely been a more demanding time to run a business”.
He said he hoped the awards would add to the sustainability of local businesses and the employment they provide.
Business owners will be able to enter the awards free of charge and the public will also be encouraged put forward nominees in certain categories.
A panel of independent judges will be selected to choose the winners of each category and the overall Business of The Year which, as well as a trophy and certificate, will receive a free full-page advertisement (value £125) in LymeOnline for their own business or preferred charity.
The awards ceremony will take place in June at a date and venue to be announced, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at that time with winners and sponsors, in attendance. The ceremony will also be broadcast online and on the LymeOnline website.
Each of the categories (see below) will be sponsored and a number of sponsorship packages are available.
Each sponsor receives two places at the awards and between signing up and June they will receive 30 social media posts and a 30 second video saying why they are supporting the awards.
All sponsors will also have their logo on the awards website – www.lymebusinessawards.co.uk – plus a link to their own website.
The presentations will be streamed live on the awards website with sponsors included in a compilation video.
LYME REGIS BUSINESS AWARDS CATEGORIES
- Best Community Support
- Best Customer/Client Service
- Arts, Crafts & Artisans
- Mental Wellbeing & Awareness
- Best Use of Digital
- Green Business of The Year
- New Business of The Year
- Health, Beauty & Fitness
- Independent Business of The Year
- Retail Business of The Year
- Service Provider of The Year
- Cafe/Pub of The Year
- Restaurant of The Year
- Rising Star of The Year
- Overall Lyme Regis Business of The Year
If you would like to be one of the sponsors contact Nigel Reeve on 07872 019 522 or for more information visit www.lymebusinessawards.co.uk