Business leaders in Swindon and Wiltshire are being encouraged to enter one of the South West's top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise.
The Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to single out outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region.
Award nominations are now open and are for anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they don’t have to be an IoD member.
Categories include Start Up, Family Business, Large Business (£50m plus), Public Sector, Not for Profit/Third Sector, Innovation and Corporate Responsibility and Young Director. There is also the Chair's Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice.
Last year winners included Charmaine Vincent, founder and CEO of public and third sector recruitment experts Baltimore Consulting, in Bristol, who went on to be crowned the national SME Director of the Year, and James Freeman, managing director of First Bus West of England, who was Highly Commended in the Large Business category nationally.
The awards will take place on the 11 June at Origin Workspace in Bristol and are sponsored by Bristol Airport and the University of the West of England.
IoD South West chairman Muir Macdonald, said: "In uncertain and complex times directors with the edge lead with clarity, ambition and good governance.
"These awards celebrate and showcase directors in the region who have demonstrated they are able to adapt, seize opportunities and strive in a world that seems to spring a new surprise at every turn.“
Charmaine Vincent added: “Winning such a prestigious award at both a regional and national level has had such a huge impact for me and my business.
“The PR and positive noise in the market place has meant that our profile and success story has been spread far and wide.
“It’s also been a contributing factor to winning business with new clients and has certainly boosted my profile as a female entrepreneur and business owner in the South West.
"My advice to any business owner out there that is considering applying next year, is back yourself and your business 100 percent. Tell others around you what separates you from your competitors. If you believe you’re a worthy winner and have the story to back it up, the chances are, they will too.”
This year, for the first time, winners of each category will receive a year's complimentary IoD membership, courtesy of the category sponsors.
South West winners are eligible to go forward to the UK Director Awards in London in the autumn. The entry deadline is 30 March. The entry form and more details are available at www.iodawards.com/southwest.
Pictured: Chris Holland, MD Waste Source; representative for Amy Golding, CEO Opus Talent Solutions; Charmaine Vincent, owner and CEO of Baltimore Consulting; Paula Martin, CEO, Cornwall Air Ambulance; James Freeman, MD First Bus West of England; Amy McCormack, commercial director ETM Recycling; Giles Letheren, CEO Delt Shared Services; and Lucy Findlay, MD of Social Enterprise Mark