Forget The Great British Bake Off - the search is on for rising business stars who have the recipe for success in East Dunbartonshire.
This year’s launch took place at The Honeybee Bakery in Milngavie, where owner Vittoria Capaldi really used her loaf to be crowned Young Business Person of the Year 2015.
The awards are organised annually by East Dunbartonshire Council, with The Kirkintilloch Herald Series acting as media partners.
Vittoria said: “Business has been going great. Winning the award helped to raise awareness of the business, and has given me the confidence and motivation to strive for further success.
“I would recommend entering the awards this year - they have definitely made a difference to the bakery.
“Last year’s final was a lovely night. I went with my mum, who helps me out in the bakery with everything, and we met a lot of lovely people with some really interesting local businesses.”
Nominations close on Friday, April 22. A panel of judges from the council and business sector will choose the finalists, who will be invited to a special awards dinner on Friday, May 20, at The Eagle Lodge, in Bishopbriggs.
There are nine categories: Business of the Year; Start up Business of the Year; Growth Business of the Year; Social Enterprise of the Year; Best Service Industry; Independent Retailer; Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year; E-Commerce Business of the Year; and Community Champion.
You can enter online - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/businessawards - and packs can also be sent out. Call 0141 578 8530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org