The University and the Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC), an award-winning community organisation, are partnering with the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star for the second Suffolk BME Business Awards.
The awards, which will be held in October, are to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Suffolk’s BME businesses. There are hundreds of BME businesses in Suffolk contributing millions of pounds to the local economy every year and this event will acknowledge their contribution.
Boshor Ali, Chair of BSC, said, “BSC is delighted to be working with our partners to highlight the contribution of Suffolk’s BME businesses, which is much-needed in the current climate. Last year’s event was a great success and I am looking forward to celebrating again this year.”
Businesses are invited to nominate via this page or to contact the BSC office directly for a nomination form. All types of businesses are welcome. The deadline for entries is 30 September, and an independent panel of judges will meet to sift through the applications.
Dr Will Thomas, Associate Professor at 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.”
Terry Hunt, Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, one of the sponsors of the Awards said “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 it in October.”
Cllr Sarah Barber, Mayor of Ipswich, said “I think the awards are a great idea, small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and we need to encourage them from every community. I am particularly pleased there is a Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award so I am looking forward to seeing who wins that but I think there will be worthy winners in all the categories.”
The award ceremony will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 25 October at the University of Suffolk where the winners will be announced. If you would like to sponsor an award, nominate a business or just attend the ceremony, please contact BSC on 01473 400081 or 07932644466.
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