THE Trinity Mirror Cheshire Business Awards celebrate the innovation, hard work and team spirit that makes Cheshire's businesses, from the biggest employers to the newest start-ups, so great.

Nominations can be made until the closing date of July 14. Judging will take place on August 1.

This year the prestigious awards presentation evening on September 16 will take place in the pavilion at Chester Racecourse, alongside the two-day 'Celebrating Cheshire' business exhibition.

The awards dinner is also a social occasion and provides the opportunity to meet business people from right across the county.

For further information about the awards and details about how to enter, visit .

The categories are:

ScottishPower Small Business of the Year

Whatever your trade, if you employ between one and 10 employees and can demonstrate achievements in your marketplace, with evidence of an excellent business strategy, good financial performance and your potential for the future, enter the small business of the year category.

SAS Daniels Medium Business of the Year

Do you have a great business? Then tell us about it!

If you employ between 11 and 50 employees and can demonstrate business excellence this is the category for you. The judges will be looking at your achievements, business strategy, financial performance and your potential for the future.

Cheshire East Council Community Award

Does your business have schemes, initiatives or policies which have a positive impact on your local community? Whether you provide employment opportunities for young or disadvantaged people, show unrivalled support for local charities or even contribute to community schemes, make sure you receive the recognition you deserve and enter this category.

Bank of America Business Person of the Year

Do you, or does someone you know, stand out from the crowd and inspire others around you? Receive the recognition you/they deserve and enter this category. Judges will take into consideration overall business performance, how this business person has been instrumental in the success of the business, has shown outstanding achievement and is commended within the business community.

Cheshire West & Chester Council Business Start-Up Award

If your business began trading after January 1 2009, why not enter this award and receive recognition for your hard work and determination?

You may have brought a fantastic new product to market, found a niche area to focus on or overcome all odds to achieve success. Tell us about your business, your market place, your performance and your future plans.

EA Technology Large Business of the Year

If you are the best large business in Cheshire, enter this category.

Employing a workforce of more than 50, the large business of the year will be able to demonstrate all round business excellence, financial performance, business strategy and future plans.

Green Award

Has your business applied environmental policies in the workplace? Have your products or services made a positive contribution to the environment? This category will recognise a local business that has had a beneficial impact on the environment.

Employer of the Year

Entrants will be asked to demonstrate why workforce development and training is important to the organisation and how training needs and skills requirements are assessed and addressed, and the direct benefit gained by both individuals and the organisation.

Young Business Person of the Year

Are you or one of your employees able to demonstrate outstanding achievements in your field? Our young business person of the year will be aged 35 or under and will display excellent career progression, leadership and management.

Women in Business Award

We are looking for a woman or group of women who are high achievers and an inspiration to all business women in the business community. The winner(s) will have a proven track record of career progression, management and leadership in their chosen field. Nominate yourself or others today for this prestigious award.