Businesses of all sizes in Caerphilly Borough are being encouraged to get their entries submitted for the prestigious Caerphilly Business Forum Awards, as the deadline fast approaches.

Firms from a range of sectors have until October 7 to make their submissions for the 2016 awards programme.

Winners will be announced at the high-profile awards dinner, taking place on November 18 at Bryn Meadows Hotel, Maesycwmmer.

One of last year’s winners has spoken out about the positive affect winning a Caerphilly Business Forum Award had to her personally. Liz Morgan, co-owner of Ultimate Arcade Cabinets based in Bedwas, picked up the Women in Business Award. She said: “Women in business are still very much a minority, but this award personally gave me recognition and affirmation for my achievements.

“The awards are fantastic for recognising the local area and bringing companies together to celebrate success. There aren’t many boroughs in Wales that hold their own award ceremonies, so it’s a great way of showcasing the diversity we have in Caerphilly.”

This year’s award categories are Business of the Year – Over 25 Employees, Business of the Year – Under 25 Employees, Manufacturing in Action, Innovation Award and Contribution to the Rural Economy. In addition businesses can nominate individuals for the Women in Business, Entrepreneur of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

This year the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards will be celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Denise Lovering, Chair of the Caerphilly Business Forum, said “The awards are an opportunity for Caerphilly businesses and individuals to showcase their excellent work from the past 12 months. The businesses in the borough are key to the Welsh economy and we take no greater pride in recognising this at the awards evening.

“We’re very encouraged to see the calibre of entries received so far – there’s going to be some great competition.”

The awards are held in association with Coleg Gwent, with the support of sponsors; pharmaceutical firm, Norgine, vehicle sales and support firm Glenside Commercials, credit union Smart Money Cymru, rural development programme Caerffili Cwm a Mynydd, further education provider, Coleg y Cymoedd, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Lorica Insurance Brokers, training provider, Educ8, accountancy firm Broomfield & Alexander, and recruitment company Acorn Recruitment.