The final countdown has begun for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire-based businesses looking to enter the Virtual Society Awards 2020.
Entries will close tonight, bringing the first stage of the inaugural awards to an end.
From there, a shortlist will be whittled down and presented to a panel of industry experts, who will have the difficult task of choosing this year’s finalists.
Virtual Society Awards judges include CEO of Aberdeen Inspired Adrian Watson, Elevator operations manager Roz Taylor, head of faculty for hair, beauty and sport at NESCol Lesley Ingram, and Elizabeth Mathie, project manager for Opportunity North East Limited. Julia Bryce, associate editor of Society, will also join the judging panel when they virtually meet to discuss which hard-working individuals and committed business deserve to win the most.
This year’s categories are: Food Business of the Year, Drinks Business of the Year, Hair and Beauty Award of the Year, Best Collaboration of the Year, Best Social Media Presence of the Year and Best Virtual Event of The Year.
The final accolade, sponsored by Aberdeen Inspired, is Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award, which will be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel and will honour an individual or business that has made an extraordinary contribution to the north-east.
The finalists will be revealed in Society magazine on Thursday October 1.
Meanwhile, Adrian Watson is delighted Aberdeen Inspired will sponsor the awards again this year because he feels it’s crucial to support local businesses in these unprecedented times.
He said: “Aberdeen Inspired feels very privileged to have been involved with the Society Awards from the beginning as it provides a fantastic platform for north-east companies to showcase their undoubted talents and for the wider public to get a real insight of the offering.
“Never has there been a better time to get the good news out there about all the fantastic things local businesses have been doing to connect with the customer.
“Aberdeen and the wider north-east is most certainly open for business and these awards will help us all recognise and celebrate these achievements.
“So many of our businesses in the north-east have worked extraordinarily hard and demonstrated great resilience and innovation over these past few months and I trust that these much sought-after awards will be fitting recognition for the efforts of some fantastic local brands and their staff.”
This year’s virtual awards ceremony will take place on Thursday November 12.