Five Ilkeston businesses up for awards

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Five Ilkeston businesses have been named as finalists for special business awards being held to mark the 20th anniversary of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.

The finalists include Atlas Composites, Harlequin BPI, Home-Start, Ron Brooks and Community Concern Erewash.

Judges whittled down entries from almost 30 organisations down to 13 for five main categories – manufacturing excellence, small business, innovation, community commitment, and investment in education and training.

A sixth award, The Geoffrey Nicholls Award for Outstanding Achievement, named after a former partnership chairman, will go to one of the entrants in the other classes.

The awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony and dinner to be held at Trent College, Long Eaton, tomorrow (Friday). They will be handed over by entrepreneur and businesswoman Saira Khan who was born in the town and was runner-up on the first series of television programme The Apprentice in 2005.

Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “These awards will show that enterprise is very much alive and kicking in this area and is rightly recognised.”