BUSINESS AWARDS 2011: Time is running out to enter

The 2011 EDP Business Awards has opened for entries. Have you got what it takes?

Today the search begins for the best the region has to offer.

For the last 22 years the EDP has honoured the cream of the business community, celebrating the achievements of individual companies and showcasing the region's economic strength and depth.

The EDP Business Awards have always been about celebrating success, inspiring others and recognising innovation and initiative.

This year, we will do so more than ever.

Our awards have a new look and a new line up, recognising one of the county's oldest strengths, an area of burgeoning new expertise and for the first time an individual director whose drive has helped change and grow a business.

The three new awards this year are:

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•A Food and Farming Award will for the first time recognise an industry which is one of biggest sectors in the county.

•The E-Commerce Initiative, which recognises the growing number of businesses making headlines for their digital expertise.

•The Director of the Year Award will be looking an outstanding all-round contribution an individual has made to their organisation.

The winners of all the categories, and the Business of the Year Award, will be announced at a gala dinner held in association with Anglian Water, at the Holiday Inn Norwich North on Friday, September 30.

Acting business editor Elaine Maslin said: 'We've been celebrating the very best that East Anglia has to offer for the past 22 years.

'Last year, despite the continuing economic uncertainty, we had a record number of entries. The calibre of the candidates was also exceptionally high.

'From one-man start-ups to plcs and from food production to health care, the range and variety of businesses in our region were well represented.

'Now the message is simple. Just like last year, times are still tough, which means it is more important than ever to celebrate success.

'Now is your time to shine. Enter the Business Awards and claim the credit your business deserves.

'I look forward to seeing you at the gala awards night in September.'

The awards entry site will be live from 4pm today (March 16).