The North Worcestershire Business Awards are now open for entries.

Organised by North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) and North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR), this marks the fifth year of the awards.

Eight categories are up for grabs, with winners to be presented with a contemporary glass trophy at a dinner event scheduled for Thursday, November 21.

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Nominations are open to all businesses based in Worcestershire.

The categories can be viewed online (, with businesses encouraged to select which one is most apt for them to enter.

The only exception is the Start-Up in North Worcestershire Award, which is exclusively for businesses in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest districts.

Melanie Hawkett from NWBL said: "It’s great to launch the 2024 awards.

"Local businesses have once again shown their support by sponsoring the event so enthusiastically.

"This year we are focusing on celebrating the rising stars in businesses across the area and we urge anyone with a favourite business or business leader to get their nomination in as soon as possible."

Jane Doyle from NWedR said: "Once again, this promises to be a fabulous celebration of the Worcestershire business community.

"We are asking businesses to self-nominate or enter their favourite local company for a chance to win an award.

"We have enthusiastic sponsors and the team at Hogarths Stone Manor are once again working with us to make the awards and the event a sparkling success.”

The categories for the awards are: Best Start Up Business in North Worcestershire, Contribution to the Community, Outstanding Customer Service, Business Leader of the Year, Employer of the Year, Business Innovation of the Year, Best use of Technology, and the Stand Out in Worcestershire award.

Businesses from the area such as Bumble Hole Foods, Danton HR and Surftech IT are sponsoring the event.

Applications for the awards will close on Friday, August 30.