BUSINESS AWARDS 2020 SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Mazars Nottingham boss on life in lockdown

Despite the ongoing challenges associated with coronavirus, East Midlands Chamber is pushing ahead with plans to host the 2020 Business Awards – which continue to be backed by headline sponsor Mazars, which returns for its fifth consecutive year as a partner. Alistair Wesson (pictured), Nottingham office managing partner for the global audit, accounting and consulting group, speaks to Business Network about the importance of the awards and life in lockdown

What are you most looking forward to about this year's Business Awards? I am looking forward to seeing how the underlying quality and resilience of the region's businesses shine through and hearing their stories, as well as how they are coping with the current trading environment and planning for the future. I think the awards provide a great showcase for businesses to remind us what they’re all about.

Do you think it's perhaps more important than ever to celebrate success at a time when every business is feeling the challenges of Covid-19? Yes – we are moving through uncertain times so every success should be celebrated and marked. We have all been battening down the hatches and dealing with the very real and significant issues out there, and moving our businesses through unprecedented times. To hear about and then celebrate the success of our businesses will provide some real positivity to take us into the new year.

How can awards like these help businesses to kickstart their marketing strategies for a new era? The awards provide a vital chapter in the marketing story of all applicant businesses, enabling them to gain insight from presenting their strategies - and then momentum - from showcasing their strategies and business successes to the region.

Do you have any favourite success stories from previous Business Awards? There are too many to mention – each year has had its stand out successes which have really impressed judges, sponsors and the region's business owners.

How has Mazars fared during Covid-19? What are the key lessons you've learned? We have managed the business positively and successfully. We have learned how to communicate electronically and how to work remotely without seeing anything other than a positive shift in

efficiencies. We have ensured focus remains on communication and delivery, and we have re-enforced the need for our teams to engage with one another frequently and positively in order to stay together. We have also learned to operate outside the traditional office environment, something which I think will feature significantly for all professional services companies

throughout the coming years.

If there was one thing from lockdown you could keep permanently going forward, what would it be and why? The increased feeling of community: an appreciation of those going the extra mile for us and the need to watch out for one another.


East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2020 will be split into three ceremonies for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, taking place in November and December. Each will feature 14 categories, ranging from Small Business of the

Year and Entrepreneur of the Year to Business Improvement through Technology and Commitment to People. This also includes the Business of the Year winner, which is chosen from the other 12 categories. Entries have now closed, with shortlists due to be announced at the

end of August. Finalists will then be able to present to a judging panel via video call in September, ahead of the awards ceremonies.

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