There is now just hours left until the deadline for the Burton Mail Business Awards 2017 – but there is still time left to get involved.

Firms of all shapes and sizes from across the area have already been sending in nominations as they look to battle it out to win one of the 11 awards on offer, including the coveted Business of the Year title.

But for those who have not yet submitted an application, you now only have hours left to be in with a chance.

Burton Mail editor Emma Turton said: "We have had some amazing entries this year, but there is still a few hours left for firms to make sure they are in with a chance at the Burton Mail Business Awards 2017.

"Businesses big and small and from a wide range of industries have to come together to showcase the great and good of Burton and South Derbyshire – I cannot wait to see who comes out on top.

"So what are you waiting for? Head online, check out the categories and complete your quick and easy entry form to be in with chance.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering gala awards ceremony on Thursday, October 19, which will again be held at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium.

There are several categories in the Business Awards that are aimed at individuals including the Young Employee of the Year award and Employee of the Year award.

This year also sees the introduction of two new awards – Medium Business of the Year (21-100 FTEs) and the Leisure and Hospitality Award, which incorporates everything from retail to restaurants.

Event director Dave Bryon aid: "Every single year we are overwhelmed by the level of applications we have in from across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.

"We urge firms of all shapes and sizes to enter one or more of the categories to be in with a chance of winning big come the awards night."

You can enter this year's awards by downloading an entry form here .

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