The fourth annual Suffolk BME Business Awards celebrating the diversity of businesses across Ipswich and the wider Suffolk area from BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities has been launched.
BSC Multicultural Services (formerly Bangladeshi Support Centre), an award-winning community organisation, has again collaborated with the University of Suffolk’s Business School, and the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star to hold the awards.
The awards aim to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of BME businesses in Suffolk, who contribute millions of pounds to the local economy every year.
Mahbub Alam, Treasurer of BSC, said, “This is an amazing initiative that highlights the contribution of Suffolk’s BME businesses, which is much-needed in the current climate. The event continues to be a great success for BSC and our partners and I am looking forward to celebrating again this year.”
The award categories are:
· Business of the Year
· Startup/New Business of the Year
· Female Entrepreneur of the Year
· Businessperson of the Year
· Community Business of the Year
· Charity of the Year
· Health Champion of the Year
The judges will also announce a special award on the night.
Nominations can be made via the University of Suffolk Business School website - www.uos.ac.uk/business – or by contacting the BSC office directly for a nomination form 07932 644466 or www.bscsuffolk.org.uk. All types of businesses from across Suffolk are welcome to nominate themselves, including social enterprises.
The deadline for entries is Monday 30 September, after which an independent panel of judges will meet to sift through the applications.
Dr Will Thomas, from the Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk, said, “We are pleased to be working with BSC again to recognise BME businesses and to acknowledge the contribution that they make to the local economy and to our local communities.”
Brad Jones, Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, added, “It’s a brilliant idea celebrating the often hidden contribution of the BME community in the county. Last year’s awards were a great start and now we can build on that. I am very much looking forward to the event in October.”
Jane Riley, Partner and Solicitor, said, “Kerseys Solicitors LLP have always understood the importance of recognising the achievements of businesses in the BME community and that is why we are so proud to sponsor the BME Awards for a second year.”
Andy Yacoub, CEO Healthwatch Suffolk said, “It is an absolute privilege to support and be a part of these unique awards. By promoting success, we hope that people will feel empowered to maintain the remarkable entrepreneurial spirit we are seeing in Suffolk. We also hope to increase awareness of Healthwatch Suffolk and how we can work to address matters that directly impact upon our local diverse communities.”
The award ceremony will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 23 October, at the University of Suffolk.
If you would like to sponsor an award, nominate a business or attend the ceremony, please contact BSC on 01473 400081 or 07932 644466.
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