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Deadline looms for ‘fantastic’ Newham business awards

PUBLISHED: 14:50 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:10 15 August 2016

Lloyd Johnson, chairman of Newham Chamber of Commerce

Lloyd Johnson, chairman of Newham Chamber of Commerce

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Details have been released about the first ever borough business awards as excitement builds for a “fantastic evening”.

Entries must be submitted for the Newham Chamber of Commerce Business Awards by early next month.

But Chamber chairman Lloyd Johnson, an operations consultant at McDonald’s, is wasting no time encouraging firms to apply.

“You’ve got to be in it to win it,” he said, explaining that finalists will benefit “hugely” from coverage.

“You’re not going to get this kind of free advertising elsewhere – and you’re going to be in the same room as some of the high-fliers in the borough, including the mayor and the chief executive.”

The awards will be handed out during a black-tie ceremony at Stratford Old Town Hall, in Broadway, on October 13.

There will be a three-course meal, champagne reception, live music and an “excellent” keynote speaker set to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We want it to be fun – a proper party to celebrate the businesses in the borough,” Mr Johnson said.

“It’s going to be in a great location and we just want to make atmosphere suitable for the occasion.”

There are 10 award categories – including business of the year, green business of the year and young entrepreneur of the year – and applicants are encouraged to “put the boot into” their submissions.

“A lot of people might be thinking they just have to apply and they’ll win – but that’s not the case,” Mr Johnson said.

“I advise people to read the criteria and write to them.”

Entries must be received at Newham Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ before 5pm on September 9. Email submissions will not be accepted


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