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A BIG boost for Brighouse - that’s the verdict on the Brighouse Echo Business Awards which were launched last week.

The 2011 awards, backed by the Brighouse Echo and sponsored by Armitage Sykes Solicitors, aim to acknowledge and reward business excellence, innovation and success. The closing date for entries is Monday, April 4 and the awards will be announced at a ceremony at Brighouse Sports Club in May. Guest speaker will be Brighouse entrepreneur Carl Hopkins, who appeared in TV’s ‘Secret Millionaire’, and the host will be BBC ‘Look North’ presenter Clare Frisby.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker said he was delighted that the contribution of the business community to the economic well-being of Brighouse was being recognised.

“I think it’s fantastic that the Echo is getting behind local business. We have an incredible range of businesses in the Brighouse area and I am proud to be associated with them and to support them,” he said.

David Todhunter, managing director of KITS, the engineering apprenticeship training centre in Brighouse, said the timing of the awards was excellent. “Businesses are currently operating in difficult times but we have to look ahead and be prepared for better trading conditions.

“Some businesses, not all of them, are thriving in these trying times, but the Echo awards will give them something to aim for. They recognise the commitment and professionalism of local employers.”

Awards categories will include business of the year, new business of the year, manufacturer of the year and business person of the year. Sponsors include KITS, Grand Central Trains, Rand and Asquith, Artisan Fireplace Design Ltd, Armitage Sykes and Calderdale Council.

Calderdale councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) said: “I am very pleased the Echo is promoting these awards and supporting local business. Manufacturing and engineering have a long and proud history in Brighouse.

“The awards are a positive move and show support for hard-working companies and businesses in difficult times.”

To enter the awards follow the link from the Brighouse Echo’s website at www.brighouseecho.co.uk or read the details repeated in next week’s Echo.