The Leicester & Leicestershire Alternative Business Awards is set to return to Leicester Comedy Festival on Wednesday 7th February 2018.  The awards, last held in 2016, give serious local business people the chance to show their fun side, support local charities and reward individuals in a variety of comical, award categories.  The main award ceremony is sponsored by Flogas, and supported by ADT Taxi’s and Building Services Design. Tickets are now on sale and are available from http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/alternative-business-awards-sponsored-by-flogas/

The Alternative Business Awards recognises individuals and business teams in a variety of fun categories, all supported by local companies who sponsor individual awards.  The last ceremony in 2016 was a total sell out and organisers hope the 2018 will sell out again, and raise money for local charities Big Difference Company, Hope Against Cancer and Lord’s Taverners.

Local business people are supporting the team behind Leicester Comedy Festival in orgainsing the event. The committee putting the event together are Geoff Rowe, Eileen Richards, Ian Guyler and David Simms.  Director of Leicester Comedy Festival, Geoff Rowe, said “we’re really looking forward to hosting the Alternative Business Awards again as part of Leicester Comedy Festival.  The first event back in 2016 was a huge success, and we were delighted with the support we received from local business people.  I’m thrilled to be working again with Ian, Eileen and David and we’ve been overwhelmed with interest from local sponsors and supporters who want to support the event.  This time there will be a special award – the Guyler & Richards Choice Award – and we are seeking nominations from the business community so do get in touch!”

Peter Ablett, Commercial Director at Flogas Britain Ltd, said “we’re delighted to be supporting the Alternative Business Awards as the headline sponsor.  The event was a real success last time and gives the local business community a unique opportunity to let their hair down and celebrate our success in a quirky way.  The 2018 event takes place on the first night of Leicester Comedy Festival and we are delighted to be supporting the festival as well as the Awards event.”

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Shiny Bottom – the person who constantly sits on boards – what do they actually do as a day job?!!

New Kid on the Block – the new business executive who has made an impact

The Team With The L Factor – the team seen around town

Culture Vulture – the person who is always cutting the red tape

Ryder Cup – the person always on the golf course

Glass Half Full – the person who is forever the optimist

Alternative Business Person – the person who has a quirky approach to business

Top Table Favourite – the person that’s always at every event

Biggest Twit – the  biggest social media junkie

Soggy Bottom – the Mary Berry of the office

Guyler & Richards Choice – nominations from the business community welcome!

David Hunter, Managing Director of ADT Taxis, said “having attended the 2016 Alternative Business Awards is really was an easy decision to sign up and support the 2018 event.  It’s a fun night out and gives us all an opportunity to celebrate that Leicester & Leicestershire is a great place to base a business, whilst having a laugh together.”

Alexandra Kowalczuk, Business Development Consultant at BSD said “we’re delighted to be supporting the Alternative Business Awards as it’s a great night out, and raises money for local charities which work throughout the year to improve the lives of so many people.  We think it’s really important for the business community to support key events throughout the year and the Alternative Business Awards has rapidly become one of these key events.”

Nominations are now being sought from local business people who want to put one of their colleagues forward for an award.  The full list of nominations will be announced in January and the winners will be revealed at the main ceremony taking place on Wednesday 7thFebruary at Curve theatre, Leicester.  A number of category sponsors have already been confirmed and include Freeths Solicitors, Nucleus HR, Pick Everard, The Miller Partnership, Corporate Architecture Ltd, Sarah Higgins Corporate Coaching, Glynis Wright & Co, Smallman & Son, Leicester Racecourse, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), Pochins, Cambridge and Counties Bank, Bakers Waste Services, Eileen Richards Recruitment & Ian Guyler Business Consultancy.

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