Award is 'in line with our values'
WITH less than a month to go until the deadline for entries, the countdown to the 2013 Express & Echo Business Awards is under way in earnest.
The prestigious Business of the Year award – won by Flybe and Frobishers in its first two years – is once again set to shine a light on companies in Exeter and the Heart of Devon which are expanding into new markets or developing innovative products and services.
This year the category is being sponsored by Fidelius Insurance Services Ltd.
Fidelius Insurance Services is part of the Fidelius Group, which employs 80 people nationwide. The company's offices are located on Exeter Business Park where they've been serving corporate and individual clients since 2006, after acquiring Westward Counties Insurance Services, itself an Exeter mainstay since 1973.
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Matt Sanders, managing director of Fidelius Insurance Services, said: "We have always had very strong links with the Exeter area and our team are very proud of being a Devon based business. As our company continues to grow, we look forward to strengthening those ties and increasing our connection to the Exeter business community.
"Talent, especially in the business world, should be developed and recognised. Fidelius has played a part in supporting many initiatives in Exeter's insurance community: from helping school leavers taking their first career steps, to supporting our local Insurance Institute's education programmes – our involvement with the Express & Echo Business Awards is a natural extension of those beliefs.
"Fidelius is very pleased to sponsor the Business of the Year Award. The core values of the award – for businesses to be innovative and service leaders – is very much in line with our values and mission statement.
"We are very proud and honoured to support the awards and bring attention to some of the great businesses in Exeter. We are very much looking forward to the awards, as it will be a memorable evening for all."
SHOWCASING your success story in the 2013 Express & Echo Business Awards is easy. Simply choose one or more of the following 12 categories:
Corporate Social Responsibility;
Employer of the Year;
Best Creative Business;
ExIST Innovation Award;
Business of the Year;
Small Business of the Year;
Excellence in Customer Service;
Family Business of the Year;
Entrepreneur of the Year;
Young Entrepreneur of the Year;
Best Tourism/Hospitality Business.
Then tell us all about your achievements by filling in the relevant entry questionnaire at www.exeterbusinessawards.co.uk
Businesses are also encouraged to upload a short video about themselves, though this is not compulsory.
The deadline for entries is Thursday, March 14.
The competition will culminate in a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the University of Exeter on Friday, April 26.