THE deadline for entries to The Bolton News Business Awards is next week on Friday, May 24.

So don’t delay ­— make sure you complete an application as soon as possible.

The Bolton Business Awards is the highlight of the business calendar, celebrating the fantastic achievements of companies of all sizes and this year it will be bigger and better than ever.

We will be celebrating the best of local businesses at a prestigious ceremony at The University of Bolton Stadium on Thursday, September 26.

This year, the 14th of the awards, there are 15 categories, including Regeneration Project of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Not for Profit Organisation of the Year and a special Editor’s Award.

There are also awards recognising apprentices and young people, as well as business in the community.

Our sponsors, who will also help to judge the entries, include headline sponsor Bolton Council.

Chief executive of the local authority, Tony Oakman, said: “Recognising talent and achievement in any walk of life is important and the business world is no exception.”

Sponsoring individual categories again are Stateside Foods (Business of the Year), Market Place Bolton (Regeneration Project of the Year Award), MBDA (Manufacturer of the Year), and Farnell Jaguar (Customer Excellence).

Entering the awards is easy ­— simply visit and click on ‘Business Awards 2019’ to complete the application form.