Members of the district’s business community came together last Wednesday to hear about The Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards.

Stuart Gibbons at The Hunts Post Business Awards networking eventStuart Gibbons at The Hunts Post Business Awards networking event

Members of the district’s business community came together last Wednesday to hear about The Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards.

The networking event, which was attended by previous winners, finalists, judges and newcomers, took place within the enterprise zone at Alconbury Weald.

Archant events manager Sarah Scott-Foster kicked off the event to give an insight into the entry process and the prestigious awards.

She said the awards, that mark their 20th anniversary this year, celebrate excellence in Huntingdonshire.

To share his passion for the awards, Stuart Gibbons, managing director of Le Mark, then took to the stage.

Le Mark was launched more than 30 years ago and, since its first entry to the awards in 2002 it has gone on to take home nine accolades.

During his presentation, Mr Gibbons said that all the awards the firm has won have been a company achievement and a celebration for all those involved.

“You don’t have to be a high street company but it gives you the chance to meet other businesses and interact with other businesses,” he added.

Mr Gibbons also gave advice to those businesses that may have entered in previous years but hadn’t walked away as winners.

He said: “What you need to do is keep at it, look at what you do different, look at what makes you better than anybody else – what makes you unique.

“Enter the awards as an experience because if you don’t win the category this year then try again another year.”

Closing the event was Tim Boutle, business coach and owner of SME Business Coaching, who gave attendees the chance to learn how to maximise their businesses.

During his presentation, Mr Boutle, who is based in Newmarket, used his model of ‘The Business Growth Chassis’ to explain how increasing profits at any company fits relatively the same model – similar to chassis when building cars.

For those businesses who want to be in with a chance of becoming part of the prestigious alumni of winners at the business awards, the deadline for entries is September 8.

All entries need to be received either through the dedicated awards website or via the post.

You can find information on how to enter the awards by visiting www.huntsbusinessawards.co.uk.

There are 12 categories and businesses can enter up to three, with a different application for each award entered