Time running out to enter Barking and Dagenham Business Awards 2014

Barking and Dagenham Business Awards Launch at the The Spotted Dog pub, Longbridge Road,
Steven John

Barking and Dagenham Business Awards Launch at the The Spotted Dog pub, Longbridge Road, Steven Johnson, from Johnson Drainage Services. - Credit: Archant

Time is fast running out to enter this year’s Barking and Dagenham Business Awards, and many of last year’s winners are urging local companies to get involved.

Steven Johnson, owner of Johnson Drainage Services, enjoyed a double celebration last year, coming top in the “sole trader, micro-business or e-business” category on a night that also happened to be his wedding anniversary.

Nine months on, Steven insists he is still reaping the benefits of his prize.

“I’d really recommend other businesses to enter, because it’s something no one can take away from you,” he said.

“It’s great to be known as an award-winning business.

“I’ve been really busy since then – it may be a coincidence, but having the awards on my website can certainly do no harm.

“It was a big confidence boost and I feel like I’m still riding the wave.”

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Companies have until May 7 to submit an entry and claim the chance to meet BBC Strictly Come Dancing favourite Anton du Beke, who will host the ceremony in July.

A series of free workshops has been helping entrants maximise their chances in the competition, with a final session entitled How to Win a Business Award taking place at the Barking Enterprise Centre on Thursday May 1.

Entry is open to any business with an operational presence in the borough.

Living The Dream, which helps aspiring Barking and Dagenham athletes achieve their Commonwealth or Olympic goals, has been selected as the charity of the awards night.

n To find out more and register your entry, visit bdbawards.com.

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