ENTRIES are now being accepted for The Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards 2009, which were launched in May.

Eleven awards are up for grabs this year, including the overall winner, which will be chosen from the victors in the corporate categories.

ENTRIES are now being accepted for The Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards 2009, which were launched in May.

Eleven awards are up for grabs this year, including the overall winner, which will be chosen from the victors in the corporate categories.

The awards are open to all companies and other organisations in Huntingdonshire from sole traders to multi-nationals, and entry forms can be found on this website by clicking on the awards' logo (above right).

They will be adjudicated by an independent panel of judges, chaired by John Bridge, chief executive of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Chambers of Commerce and the winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner in November.

At the launch in Hemingford Abbots, Paul Richardson, who has chaired the event throughout its 12-year history, said: "There is a big change for these always-innovative awards this year, in that we have moved this launch event to a new venue, out of Huntingdon, something we have wanted to do for some time, to emphasise that these are truly Huntingdonshire awards.

"Something that hasn't changed is the newspaper's commitment to business. The Hunts Post is the only local paper that treats business in a serious and supportive way," he added.

"This year, we have streamlined the entry and judging process, working from the feedback of previous years. There will be less detail required in the initial stages, so we hope this encourages more people to enter. We also hope it means those who have entered in the past - and may not have been successful - can look at other categories this time around and have another go.

"We have also tightened the judging criteria even further, so the winners will truly be the best of the best, something you have to be to survive in these tough times.