Deadline for entry to Business Charity Awards extended

Charities and businesses now have until 15 February to put their names forward for one or more of 23 categories

The gala dinner at last year's Business Charity Awards
The gala dinner at last year's Business Charity Awards

The final deadline for entries to this year’s Business Charity Awards has been extended until 15 February.

Charities and businesses that want to showcase their partnerships, initiatives or innovations now have an extra two weeks to do so, but will have to pay a late fee of £80 for entries submitted after the original deadline of 1 February.

The judging panel for the awards, which are produced by Third Sector in partnership with the London Benchmarking Group, has also now been confirmed.

The judges will be led by Abigail Brady, programme coordinator for corporate sustainability at Investec, which was crowned Business of the Year at last year’s awards. She will co-chair the panel with LBG director Jeffrey Oatham.

The 30-strong panel will also include Lily Heinemann, head of corporate responsibility and community investment at Royal Mail, Tara Honeywell, head of corporate partnerships at Barnardo's, and Paul McKenzie, head of philanthropy and partnerships at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

There are 23 categories, including Challenge Event of the Year, CSR Team of the Year and Marketing Initiative of the Year.

Twelve of the awards are devoted to partnerships involving companies from a wide variety of sectors, including automotive and transport, financial services, media and entertainment, and health, beauty and pharmaceuticals.

The Outstanding Employee award will go to a person in a company who has made an exceptional contribution to charity with the support of his or her employer.

One company from all the winners will be crowned Business of the Year, which was won last year by Investec for its long-standing work with the Bromley by Bow Centre in east London.

For more information on the awards and to enter click here.

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