Shepton Mallet business award gets residents showing their support for local businesses
Announced in June in response to the cancellation of the Mendip Business Awards, the Shepton Innovator Award is an online business award organised by Shepton Mallet Town Council. Nominations were open from 11 June to 30 July via an online platform. Members of the public and business owners were able to nominate businesses they believe deserve recognition.
There are 8 categories of award, reflecting the variety of businesses found in Shepton Mallet and surrounding parishes. Businesses from Pylle, Prestleigh, Evercreech, Pilton, Oakhill, Croscombe and Doulting are all eligible for the award.
At the time of closure, 94 nominations had been received. Some of the nominations were particularly moving, demonstrating how much these local businesses are valued by their customers. Town councillor Gavin Mayall commented that:
“As a council, we felt the need to move swiftly to introduce this award as now more than ever we need to champion our local businesses and praise them for what they do for our community”.
The nominations will now be considered by a panel of independent judges and the finalists will be announced on the Town Council’s website on 20 July.
The judging panel consists of five members:
• Kelly Knight, Economic Development officer at Mendip District Council
• Justin Sargent, Chief Executive of Somerset Community Foundation
• Claire Sully, technology and training business owner
• Alan Stone, business owner and Chair of Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce
• Helen Sprawson-White, Chair of Mendip District Council
The winners of this year’s awards will be revealed during a live-streamed award ceremony on 02 September.
Full details of the categories, dates and details of the event can be found on the Shepton Mallet Town Council website: https://sheptonmallet-tc.gov.uk/siba/
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