If you’re a business owner in the Mendip area then maybe it’s time you got some recognition for all your hard work…

It’s that time of the year again when local business owners have the opportunity to enter their business into one of 11 categories for the annual Mendip Business Awards. The winners will be announced during the evening celebrations at the Royal Bath & West Showground on Thursday, May 30.

The awards are held to recognise and celebrate some of the 5,755 independent and vibrant businesses based in the Mendip area.

Cllr Tom Killen, Deputy Leader of Mendip District Council, said: “It’s great to see organisations of all sizes enter the awards, but in particular we are always keen to hear from smaller businesses who often do not get the recognition which they deserve.”

Categories range from Apprentice of the Year to Taste of Mendip, Family Business of the Year and, new for 2019, Market Trader of the Year.

Categories open for Mendip businesses to enter include:

Community Enterprise of the Year – Sponsored by Aster Group
Retail/Hospitality Business of the Year – Sponsored by Kilver Court Designer Village
Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Strode College
Customer Services Excellence – Sponsored by 3 Solutions Ltd
Taste of Mendip – Sponsored by Old Mill
Family Business of the Year – Wainwrights
International Business of the Year – Sponsored by Swan Hotel, Wells
New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Killens
Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Burton Sweet
Business of the Year – Sponsored by NFU Mutual, Wells
Market Trader of the Year – Mendip District Council

Last year, Walton Press Ltd won ‘Small Business’ and ‘Family Business’ of the Year. Managing Director, Sandy Smith said: “Our double success in the Awards, gave a huge confidence boost to the team and certainly raised our local profile. As a result we have gained a number of new clients.

“I would definitely encourage Mendip businesses, whether large or small, new or established, to enter the Awards – it’s not as scary as it sounds and can actually help you to focus on your business, your past achievements, your current profile and future goals.”

For more information and how to enter, or to register your interest in tickets for the evening celebration on May 30, click here, email or call 01749 341345. You can also follow @MendipBizAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.