Nominations for the North-east of Scotland’s business Oscars - the 2021 Northern Star Business Awards - open today (Monday, June 15).

Now in their 17th year, the high profile awards recognise companies around the region for exceptional accomplishments across a range of fields, from energy to innovation, customer service to people development.

Organised by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and held in association with Nucore Group, the awards highlight the diversity and success of organisations across the city and Aberdeenshire operating in a wide range of sectors.

The Chamber believes marking the achievements of local businesses is more important than ever as the local community comes to terms with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Membership and events director Seona Shand said: “This has been an incredibly tough time for people and businesses across the North-east and, as the recovery process gets underway, it is vital that we start rebuilding confidence in our regional economy and recognise the hard work undertaken by local businesses to make a positive impact on their people, their customers and their communities.

“Nominating your company is the first step in the process. Competition for a finalist spot is always tough and the categories attract significant interest from our membership and beyond, across every sector. Past winners range from small local businesses to internationally renowned brands and we would encourage all companies in the region with a story to tell to consider putting themselves forward.”

Categories available for nominations this year are:

  • Going Global
  • Marketing Magic
  • Inspiration from Innovation
  • Inspiring Futures
  • Staff Matter
  • Customer First
  • Making the Difference
  • Family Business
  • Rising Star
  • Student Placement
  • Driving Sustainability
  • Business of the Year

The closing date for nominations is Friday, July 24 2020

Mark Fraser, chief executive officer of Nucore Group, said: “Never before has the impact of supporting our local businesses been more critical and, despite the uncertainty that many of these face right now, there are still many good news stories worthy of recognition and award. Nucore Group is proud to support the Chamber as principal sponsor of the Northern Star Business Awards and look forward to seeing a wide range of local businesses on stage collecting awards.”

Last year more than 35 finalists joined around 600 guests to celebrate excellence and entrepreneurship during the spectacular black tie dinner. The 2021 year’s award ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 11 at P&J Live.

Free to enter, nomination forms are available online at www.agcc.co.uk or for further information contact events@agcc.co.uk