THIS year’s bigger and better Monmouthshire Business Awards has attracted a record number of sponsors, organisers have announced.

Award and category sponsors have been secured ahead of the awards presentation evening and gala dinner in October.

Entries are flooding in for the awards, which have been expanded this year to cover the ‘old Monmouthshire’ – towns and cities that were part of the county prior to 1965.

Organisers have been turning entries away in recent years because they did not come from the current Monmouthshire local authority area.

This year’s awards have gone ‘back to the future’ with entries accepted from businesses in Monmouthshire, Newport, Caerleon, Cwmbran, Ebbw Vale, Usk and Caerphilly.

Category sponsors, who will also judge the awards, have been named as Hicks Logistics, Yprentis, Melin Homes, Hello Starling, Business in Focus, Spectrum, Reid Lifting, Coleg Gwent, Celtic Manor Resort, A2Z Computing and Monmouthshire Housing.

MBA sponsors are Torfaen County Borough Council, Broomfield Alexander, Chepstow Racing and AluK.

MBA founder and director Janet Harris explained: “This is our best year for attracting sponsors. Their branding will be featured on the MBA website with direct links to their own websites.

“On the night of the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, all sponsors’ logos will be featured on the big screen and in the programme along with details of the services they provide.”

Award sponsorship is still available. This costs £1,750 plus VAT and all sponsors will have a table for ten at the awards presentation evening and gala dinner on October 6, hosted by broadcaster Hywel James. Last year’s event attracted almost 400 guests.

Entries for this year’s Awards close at 5 pm on July 31.

Potential sponsors and entrants should call 01633 891514 or follow the email link on www.monbizawards.co.uk. Gala dinner ticket details are also available on the website.