We are launching the South Wales Argus Business Awards in June, and already businesses and organisations from the around the area have stepped up to support us.

The awards, which will be celebrating the area’s most innovation companies and business individuals, are set to become a key event in the local business calendar.

Newport Now, the city’s Business Improvement District, has signed up as headline sponsor for the awards.

As part of the sponsorship two categories will be solely for businesses trading within the BID area - Best Bid Independent of the Year and Best Bid National Business of the Year.

Newport-based financial services business Kymin, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has signed up to sponsor the small business category.

The Innovative Business of the Year award is being sponsored by Western Power Distribution and Newport City Council has come forward to sponsor the Lifetime Achievement Award.

MHA Broomfield Alexander has stepped up to sponsor the Family Business of the Year Award and Monmouthshire Building Society is backing the Contribution to the Community Award.

Other awards will be: Business of the Year; Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Large Business of the Year; Start Up Business of the Year Award; Environment Business Award; Customer Service Award; and Training and Development Business of the Year.

Once the awards are officially launched in early June you will be able to enter online via the South Wales Argus website. Entries will close on July 20.

The categories will be open to any business trading within the Gwent area.

The awards will be presented at an event right in the heart of Newport in September 2018. As part of the evening, a drinks reception will be sponsored by St Joseph's Hospital.

Any business or organisation which would like to get on board and support the South Wales Argus Business Awards should contact Matt Berry on 01633 777043.

As well as the remaining awards categories, there are opportunities to sponsor the programme, the table centres and the headline speaker.