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Don't delay – Leicester Mercury Business Awards deadline extended to Friday, January 19

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The deadline has been extended to let more companies enter the 2018 Leicester Mercury Business Awards.
If you have yet to submit your nominations for this year’s awards then do not fear, as the last day for nominations has been put back a week to this Friday.
It means more business can enter ahead of the ceremony on April 12 at the Maher Centre, in Leicester.
Some of the region’s biggest businesses have already been nominated for the awards.
But companies of all sizes and from a whole host of sectors will be hoping to win one of the 14 categories.
Once nominations are closed, it will then be down to category sponsors to decide who the shortlisted finalists will be, as well as the eventual winners.
Visit the 2018 awards website by clicking here.
One of the most prestigious awards up for grabs at the ceremony is the Company of the Year award, which recognises a business that has made a fantastic contribution to their industry in the past 12 months.
1) Unique Window Systems, in Leicester, is one of the UK’s fastest-growing manufacturing businesses, specialising in designing, creating and installing PVCu and aluminium building products.

Atul and Sunil Patel, owners of Unique Window Systems (Image: Alex Hannam)
It is one of the nominees hoping to make it onto the list of finalists.
The company had a successful 2017 and as well as making a big impact locally, has seen its services used on a global scale, supplying products in the Caribbean, Gibraltar and throughout Europe.
2) Guidance Marine, in Meridian Business Park, Braunstone, is another potential finalist hoping to be shortlisted.

Already an award-winning firm, Guidance Marine uses position measurement technology to provide safety and cost benefits to a range of different sectors.
The company is also a leading global developer of dynamic positioning technology, used in sectors such as maritime to stop ships colliding.
It is constantly developing new ideas and 2017 saw it explore the market in China, working closely with the cruise shipbuilding sector.
3) Sygnet Signs, in Humberstone Road, Leicester, is another business eagerly waiting to see whether it will make the Company of the Year shortlist.

A manufacturer of bespoke high quality signs for more than 40 years, the company uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure its products are made to the very highest standards.
Recently, it branched out and has seen its products and services used in Europe and Asia.
For information on how to nominate a company, contact Kirsty West at event organisers Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31.
Or you can e-mail her at kwest@championsukplc.com
Alternatively, visit the awards website by clicking here.
Source: Murcury