Alongside this year’s headline sponsors, a great line-up of category sponsors is forming for the annual Essex Business Excellence Awards.
Businesses such as Choice Finance, James Hallam, Inspirational Magazine London and Jewson have thrown their weight behind one of the 13 categories set to be celebrated on the night of Wednesday 29 November.
Adding to the list is Rickard Luckin who have recently been confirmed as the category sponsor for the Business Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Rickard Luckin are a firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers with offices in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend working with individuals and businesses.
With the awards always highly anticipated and enjoyed by many, the support of these local businesses ensures another incredible year of the awards.
Peter Leonard, Director at Rickard Luckin explained this further, “The awards are a great way for local businesses to show their commitment to the local economy, supporting our community in the process. There is a great deal of focus on London, where local companies are clamouring to generate work and where people feel that wages are higher and opportunities more plentiful. However, Essex is a fantastic place to be in business, and for those businesses that are selected as finalists and award winners, the recognition of their hard work and support to the county is vital in encouraging more businesses within the area to support and develop the local community.”
Once nominations for the business awards close on 25 August, Peter will collate a judging panel formed of members of Rickard Luckin and whittle the applications down to just three finalists. Throughout this process they will be looking at the individual achievements of the entrepreneurs.
Explaining their association with this particular award, Peter said, “We chose this category because small businesses are often quoted as the ‘life-blood’ of the country. We need more entrepreneurs to start and develop these vital businesses to ensure that the economy can grow. Many people start businesses every day. For example, last year just over 600,000 companies were incorporated, with 74,000 of them in East Anglia. We are keen to recognise those business leaders with the entrepreneurial spark to develop and grow their ventures to become the large and successful companies of tomorrow.”
With Rickard Luckin firmly established in the county, Peter was perfectly placed to share the reasons he believes Essex is a great place for businesses to flourish.
“Essex is close enough to London for local firms to win work from their competition within the capital, whilst still enjoying an independently thriving business economy. With two international airports, the new port, and easy access to the rest of the country as well as Europe, it is clear that Essex provides a superb infrastructure for business growth. The diverse range of Essex-based businesses, from multinational companies such as Ford, Costa, the Stobart Group and DP World, right through to the thousands of start-up companies, means that the opportunities within the county are perfect for developing and growing businesses.”
In 2016 Rickard Luckin was formed from the merging of two chartered accountants, Rickard Keen and Bird Luckin and with this new venture, the future is looking bright for the firm.
Detailing what he expects to be on the horizon for the company over the next 12 months, Peter said: “We will be continuing to develop a strong team. We were proud to have recently received an award ourselves, for ‘Training Firm of the Year’ by the South Essex Society of Chartered Accountants, and we have already recruited four students to begin our September training programme.
“In addition, growth is a key driver for our business and we are looking to increase our client base, so that we can support even more businesses across the county. We are interested in opportunities to bring people into the business and are looking to collaborate with other like-minded firms.”