Business News: Bumper crop of first time entrants to Barking and Dagenham Business Awards

Key players and sponsors at this years Barking and Dagenham Business Awards launch

Key players and sponsors at this years Barking and Dagenham Business Awards launch - Credit: Archant

Media personality Paul Ross will host this year’s Barking and Dagenham Business Awards, which has seen a bumper crop of first-time entrants.

More than half of all businesses entered into the competition this year did so for the first time and a significant proportion are being run by women.

Social enterprises and small businesses in the borough are also well represented though the overall number of award applicants is slightly down on last year.

Ceremony

The judging for this year’s awards, held in partnership with Sanofi and business east, is now complete and winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, at 7pm on July 2.

Awards organiser Paul Bishop said: “There’s some great success stories of people who have really persevered and struggled to keep their business going.”

Media partners the Barking and Dagenham Post, published by Archant, will profile winners after the awards night in the Post and at bdpost.co.uk.