A NEW awards scheme for businesses in the district is now open for nominations.

The Chairman’s Business Awards have been launched by Maldon District Council.

The awards are open to all businesses, small medium and large, and they can either nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

Categories include; Young Entrepreneur of the Year; New Business of the Year; Fast Track Business of the Year; Best Established Business of the Year and; Social Enterprise Business of the Year.

There will also be an overall Business of the Year Award taken from these categories.

Council Chairman Henry Bass said: “These awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the best of business in the Maldon District.

“I have visited some of the diverse businesses in the District, many trading on an international as well national level, and have been impressed by the innovation and ambition that exists on our doorstep.

“The contribution that firms, of every size and sector, make is vital to help preserve our local economy and general wellbeing.”

The deadline for all entries is midday on January 11 next year.

The winners will be announced at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Tolleshunt Knight on February 22.

For details, email busdev@maldon.gov.uk or call Heidi Turnbull on 01621 876215.