One becomes two as our business awards blossom

John Penman from Cloybank accepts the Best Social Enterprise/Community Award from Falkirk Herald chief reporter Jill Buchanan''Picture: Michael Gillen
John Penman from Cloybank accepts the Best Social Enterprise/Community Award from Falkirk Herald chief reporter Jill Buchanan''Picture: Michael Gillen

Innovation is one of the main criteria for many categories in The Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2014.

The launch of this year’s accolades is already attracting interest, particularly given the changes made to the format.

For 2014 it has been 
decided to make a distinction from those companies or organisations which shine in social enterprise and those who work in the community.

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume said: “This has always been a category that attracted a high number of entries and, although all the judging is difficult given the standard entering, we felt that it was almost impossible to pick a winner when you were considering the different sectors.

“By making them two separate categories we hope it will encourage even more entries and allow us to judge them on their particular and distinctive merits.”

The Best Social Enterprise category is open to all those who can demonstrate “a significant commercial and social impact of their activities in the community in which they operate”.

Those entering Best Business in the Community must be able to show how they “work actively in the community to enhance education and skills development”.

Once again, the awards ceremony takes place at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa and on Thursday, November 20, around 300 people will gather to celebrate the business success stories of 2014.

Entries close on Friday, September 26, when initial judging will take place. For those businesses successful in making the shortlist, final judging will take place between October 27 and 
November 7.

To enter online or for more information, visit www.falkirkherald.co.uk and click on the business awards link or log on to www.jpsurveys.co.uk/businessawards.