The successful Herefordshire Diamond County Awards, which ran for the first time in 2013, are running for the second year and nominations open this month.
The 2014 awards, which are sponsored by last year’s winner Cargill, have been divided into three separate awards for small businesses, large businesses and apprentices.
The awards, which were initiated by Herefordshire Council’s chairman Councillor Olwyn Barnett, celebrate the county’s most exceptional businesses and apprentices, who have demonstrated a real commitment to making a positive difference in the local community or for their organisation.
Councillor Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council said: “I am delighted to be able to officially open the nominations for the 2014 Herefordshire Diamond County Awards. Last year’s awards received over 40 countywide nominations and we’re aiming for another successful year.
“The awards recognise and celebrate local businesses which go the extra mile to add value and improvement to the quality of life for people in the county. It is an unfortunate fact that often this level of commitment and determination goes unrecognised, but these awards aim to address this imbalance.
“I am also pleased to announce the inclusion of an outstanding apprentice award for 2014, sponsored by the Herefordshire Industrial Association, which will recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution an individual has made within their organisation and towards their own personal development. The winning apprentice will receive £750 to help further their career.”
Fiona Morris, HR director for Cargill, said: “We were delighted to have won last year’s award, which was recognition of the tremendous passion and commitment of all our employees who are instrumental in the success of our community programme. It felt like a natural progression to support and sponsor the 2014 awards, which have developed significantly from last year with the introduction of awards for small and large businesses and an outstanding apprentice award.
“The 2014 awards are open to all businesses and apprentices in Herefordshire with the business awards being wonderfully designed and created by students from Hereford College of Arts.”
Del Done, curriculum leader for higher educationand course leader for BA (Hons) artist blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, said: “We are thrilled that two of our artist blacksmithing degree students have had their outstanding designs selected as the awards which will be presented to the winning businesses.”
The award nominations are open from Monday 27 January to Friday 14 March and to find out more visit the Diamond County Awards page or contact the chairman’s secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.