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THE judging is done, the short- lists have been drawn up and tickets are selling fast. The countdown is now well and truly on for the Newbury Weekly News Best in Business Awards gala dinner in November. The Best in Business Awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate all that is great about business in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. This year there are nine award categories, each sponsored by a local company. The winner of each category will go head-to-head to win the overall Best in Business award (excluding the charity award) sponsored by Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen, at the dinner at Newbury Racecourse on Friday, November 1. Judges have been out and about visiting all of the shortlisted companies over the past few weeks and have been hugely impressed with their quality and diversity. Over afternoon tea at The Vine- yard on Friday, attended by judges and sponsors, the judges stood up and explained which companies they visited and why they had chosen their particular winner. However, the names of the winners were not revealed and will

Newbury News and Media Ltd chief executive James Gurney addresses the judges and sponsors at afternoon tea on Friday

Generate UK p Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by HSBC p Charity or Community Award, sponsored by Greenham Trust p Regional Event Award, sponsored by Parkway Shopping For more details of the awards and to book tickets for the gala dinner, visit www.bestinbusiness awards. co.uk

p Independent Retailer Award, sponsored by Jones Robinson p Small Business Award, sponsored by PBA Accountants p Customer Service Award, sponsored by Newbury Racecourse p Training and Support Award, sponsored by Tigers Day Nurseries p Best Employer Award, sponsored by The HR Department p Best Use of Marketing Technology Award, sponsored by

remain under wraps until the awards night in November. All the judges explained how difficult it had been to pick a winner owing to the quality of the entrants. Last year’s event was a sell-out and tickets for this year are already being snapped up. Space is limited to 300, so people are being encouraged to book early. The categories are as follows:

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