Four Lincolnshire businesses are celebrating after hearing they have been nominated for the prestigious Midlands Family Business Awards, including BSGA member Allen Signs.

Software specialist OrderWise has been shortlisted for two categories – Family Business of the Year and Employer of the Year – and Lincoln-based sign, print and vehicle livery specialist Allen Signs is nominated in the Manufacturing Excellence category.

Obam Stairlifts, a mobility and assisted living company, has been nominated as Best Small Family Business and Barrie Truelove, Director of Lincoln-based builders Truelove Property & Construction Ltd, is in the running for Director of the Year.

All four businesses will now face an in-depth interview process before the glittering awards ceremony at Derby Velodrome on Thursday 9thNovember.

Barrie said: “I’m over the moon to be nominated in this category. We’re a long-standing family business and to even be nominated is praise indeed. We’re very much looking forward to the awards ceremony.”

All four businesses are automatically eligible for the ceremony’s People’s Choice Award, which is based on a public vote. All businesses taking part can ask staff, clients and families to vote for them to win the only non-judged category, which OrderWise took home last year.

Director at OrderWise, David Hallam, said: “We very much enjoyed being nominated in 2016 and picking up the People’s Choice award. To be nominated again speaks volumes for the successful year we’ve had in the meantime.

“We’ve got all our fingers crossed that we can win it again and perhaps add three more trophies to our collection!”

Chris Butroid, Director at Obam Stairlifts, said: “It’s been a great year so far for Obam and to receive this nomination is the icing on the cake. It’s important that family businesses like ours get this kind of recognition for all their hard work. Good luck to all the entrants – we’ll see you in Derby!”

Director at Allen Signs David Allen added: “We’re proud to be among the select few that have been nominated in our category at the Midlands Family Business Awards. This recognises our years of hard work and our emphasis on quality and innovation. The team is just as excited as I am and together we hope to make Lincolnshire proud.”

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