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22 August, 2011 - 15:34 By News Desk

Cambridge News and BW create ‘Business Celebration Week’

Graham Ayres of the Cambridge News

The Cambridge News and Business Weekly have agreed to create a special week of celebration for local businesses in March 2012.

 The historic initiative leverages the combined excellence of the Cambridge Cluster’s two most influential and respected providers of inside track business and community news and information.

The focal points of the week of celebration are the presentation dinners for the respective newspapers’ long-running and highly-rated Business Awards.

These run as independent competitions, each with their own distinct categories and criteria.

The Business Weekly Awards presentation dinner will be held at Queens’ College, Cambridge on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 and the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards two nights later – Thursday March 22 – at King’s College.

Increasingly in recent years, individual entrepreneurs and companies have been in the running for honours in both competitions.

The format of the Cambridge News and Business Weekly Awards gives entrants an unprecedented opportunity to go for glory at the double in the space of 48 hours.

A joint statement from the respective managing directors, Graham Ayres of the Cambridge News and Business Weekly’s Tony Quested explained: “Creating a week of celebration for local businesses leverages the power of the respective competitions for the benefit of the sponsors and the companies and entrepreneurs in the running for Awards.

“These Business Awards competitions are two of the longest running and most highly regarded in the UK. The list of winners down the years reflects the evolution of Cambridge and the hinterland into a breeding ground for world-class businesses in a whole range of industry sectors, from hi-tech to retail; from property and manufacturing to the life sciences.

“We feel confident that the business community will respond with enthusiasm to the initiative to make this a week of celebration for the individuals and companies making such an important contribution to the local and national economies – and to society.”

Roz Bird, marketing and assets manager for Granta Park, which sponsors both Awards, praised the Cambridge News and Business Weekly for their proactive joint approach to optimising the potency of the individual brands.

She said; “This is win-win for the entrants and sponsors of the Awards and the broader business community. From our point of view we are calling on all the key people and organisations in Cambridge to contribute in their own way and play their part in an historic week of celebration for the wonderful business community we have locally.”

Full details of the Business Weekly Awards will be carried in this Thursday’s print and epaper editions. Further details of the respective Business Weekly and Cambridge News competitions and the week of celebration will be announced in future articles.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Graham Ayres of the Cambridge News

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