With only 9 days to go until the closing date for entries, you may be wondering why your organisation should be taking part this year. The benefits of entering the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards extend far beyond picking up one of the prestigious trophies in May.

Here are 7 reasons why your organisation should take part in the Awards this year.

1. Raise your profile
Across all sizes and types of organisation, every award winner and finalist gains from publicity and recognition of achievement throughout the County and beyond.

2. Prove your excellence
Reaching the finalist stage is a commendable achievement having been subject to a rigorous judging process.

3. Acknowledge your teams efforts
Putting together an entry also means that those in the forefront of the business get the chance to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of everyone in the team.

4. Impress!
The visibility of the achievements of finalists and winners is greatly enhanced before a wide audience of customers and potential customers, suppliers, partners and investors.

5. PR  Opportunities
There will be ongoing press and media recognition following the awards, extensive features in our publications and social media. Finalists and winners will also be provided with a logo and certificate to use on letterhead and literature.

The winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ category will also be awarded 12 months integrated marketing and PR support valued at over £7,500 with leading Hertfordshire agency KISS Communications.

6. A ‘night to remember’
You will also have the chance as a finalist to attend the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 17th May at the Porsche Showrooms in Hatfield providing you with the opportunity to network with over 300 business people.

7. Speakers Corner
Award winners will also be invited to present on their award success, as a guest speaker at one of our networking events during 2012.

Entry forms can be downloaded here and returned electronically to jodiereid@hertschamber.com before noon, Friday 16th March 2012