Nominations open as Lanarkshire businesses urged to share their success

Sponsors and 2016 winners gather to promote the 2017 Lanarkshire Business Excellent Awards at Taylor Wimpey's new Torrance Park Development
Sponsors and 2016 winners gather to promote the 2017 Lanarkshire Business Excellent Awards at Taylor Wimpey's new Torrance Park Development

The race is on to win one of the prestigious category titles of the 2017 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.

The application process is now open and businesses are urged to apply to promote their companies and celebrate their achievements.

This year, the judges are looking forward to finding more inspiring examples in Lanarkshire’s vibrant business community that illustrate the wealth of talent and enterprise in the region.

The awards are open to businesses of all sizes, in all sectors operating in Lanarkshire, with the range of award categories designed to be fully accessible to all businesses.

It is free to apply and companies can enter up to three categories out of the eleven to choose from.

The awards, which are hosted by both Lanarkshire councils, attract high profile industry support and this year is no different.

Councillor Allan Graham, convenor of Regeneration and Infrastructure at North Lanarkshire Council said: “The awards are now in their 24th year and have become a highlight of the Lanarkshire business calendar.

“We are thrilled that they are continuing to grow year on year and highlight the success of our exciting companies.

“I would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, without them we could not run the awards and we’re delighted to see such high profile industry support and enthusiasm for the Lanarkshire awards each year.”

Businesses have until Friday, November 11, to submit their completed application forms

All finalists will be featured in the media and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Motherwell Concert Hall on Friday, March 3, hosted by Kaye Adams.

Councillor Chris Thompson, chairman of Enterprise Resources at South Lanarkshire Council, added: “The success of the Lanarkshire economy depends on the hard work of our local businesses and the annual Business Awards provide the perfect opportunity to promote and celebrate that success.

“Each year we seek to encourage all Lanarkshire businesses to apply for the awards and shout about their success and achievements.”

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

There are a few sponsorship opportunities still remaining, to get involved e-mail or call the awards team on 0141 887 6181.