The area’s top companies do battle in Chad Business Awards 2012

Last year's Chad Business Awards' winners.
Last year's Chad Business Awards' winners.
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THE best of Mansfield and Ashfield will be showcased this evening (Thursday) when Chad hosts its annual Business Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the awards will see firms and organisations from across the area go head-to-head in 15 categories.

The prestigious black tie event will once again take place at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex at Sookholme, where guests will enjoy a champagne reception, four-course meal and the awards ceremony.

Said Chad editor, Tracy Powell: “We are really looking forward to our fourth annual Chad Business Awards celebrating the success of businesses within our community.

“It’s a fantastic event which showcases companies old and new, large and small, and proves that even in hugely challenging times our enterprise and hard-work in the Mansfield and Ashfield area shines through.

“Good luck to all our short-listed entrants and I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic evening.”

This year’s awards will be presented by Mark Dennison, of BBC Radio Nottingham.

Mark presents a show on the station each week day, between 9am-noon, and also broadcasts on Saturday mornings, from 6am-9am.

He is also a familiar face among Nottingham Forest Football Club supporters, as he is the club’s stadium announcer on matchdays at the City Ground.

HERE is the full list of awards sections, sponsors and nominees for this year’s Chad’s Business Awards, sponsored by The Mint Indian Restaurant.

l Community Contribution of the Year (Sponsored by The Brunts Academy) - PALS, Manor FC, Direct Services.

l Customer Service (Sponsored by Greene King) - Midlands Insurance, ETS Tyres.

l Lifetime Achievement (Sponsored by Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies) - Winner to be announced.

l Team of the Year (Sponsored by St Andrew’s Healthcare) - Purpose Media, Gzero.

l Business Idea of the Year - VDT Direct, Motorhome Depot.

l Entrepreneur of the Year (Sponsored by Mansfield Building Society) - Natalie Wood and Adam Reek, Malcolm Hall, Stavros Alambritis.

l Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Purpose Media) - Atmospheric Interiors, Laminate Master.

l Young Business Person of the Year (Sponsored by Vision West Notts College) - Stephen Brown, Natalie Wood and Adam Reek.

l Business Personality - Stephen Brown, Stavros Alambritis, Malcolm Hall.

l New Business of the Year (Sponsored by ETS Tyres) - With Woman, Morph Remap.

l Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Vision Apprentices) - David Lea, Simon Willey, Jamie Bourn (Purpose Media).

l Most Innovative Property/Building Development (Sponsored by Chad) - Winner to be announced.

l Disability Inclusion (Sponsored by Portland College) - Winner to be announced.

l Environment Award (Sponsored by Westville Insulations) - Winner tba.

l 2012 Overall Winner (Sponsored by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce) - Winner tba.

The drinks sponsor is Southwell Racecourse, the menu Mansfield 2020 and the winners’ champagne RBS.

l See next week’s Chad for a full round up of the winners. There will also be a video report at chad.co.uk. In addition, Twitter users can keep up-to-date with the awards via #chadbiz.