ELBA 2018 – Deadline for Entries Extended Following the severe winter weather this week the deadline for nominations for the East Lindsey Business Awards has been extended until Friday, 9 March 2018, meaning businesses now have more time to enter up to three of the following categories: Accommodation Provider of the Year, celebrating the outstanding contribution accommodation providers make to the economy of the District; Best New Business Idea or Innovation (Sponsored by University of Lincoln), acknowledging those who have built a successful business through innovation; Excellence in Customer Care (Sponsored by Wilkin Chapman), rewarding businesses which constantly strive to exceed customer expectations; Lifetime Achievement in Business Award, for individuals who have been actively involved in the business community for at least 25 years; Young Business Person of the Year, recognising individuals who are under 30 years old and successfully run their own business; Best Place to Eat, celebrating an establishment whose cuisine is of the highest quality, demonstrates excellent customer service and celebrates the best of local ingredients; Independent Retailer of the Year, showcasing the key role played by independent retailers in contributing to the local economy; Manufacturer of the Year, for the manufacturing business that has utilised efficient/innovative manufacturing processes to develop excellence in manufacturing; Visitor Attraction of the Year, recognising the outstanding contribution of local attractions in drawing visitors to the area. Businesses wishing to enter the Awards should go to www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ELBA and download a nomination form or call 01522 523333 for more information. Following the nomination deadline, three finalists will be selected for each category. The finalists will then meet the judging panel, who will select a winner. All winners will be announced at the award ceremony on April 27, 2018, which will include a champagne reception sponsored by Sills & Betteridge. Whilst we have a number of sponsors already on board, including Duncan & Toplis as main sponsor, there are sponsorship packages still available. The following categories are all available to sponsor: Accommodation Provider of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Manufacturer of the Year, Visitor Attraction of the Year and Young Business Owner of the Year; Associate Partner packages are still available too. If you’re interested in getting involved as a sponsor call 01522 523333 or email [email protected].