Food & Drink Heroes awards return for 2022

News Posted 22/12/21
The search for the South East’s most inspiring entrepreneurial success stories in the food and drink sector has begun, as part of the annual Food & Drink Heroes awards.

Following the success of the first Food & Drink Heroes awards in April, food and drink businesses are invited to submit nominations for a range of categories, including the three brand new categories that have been added for 2022.

Launched by the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Food & Drink Heroes seeks not only to praise talented up and coming business people but welcomes them into a supportive community offering guidance and support.

Plenty of inspiring stories are expected during this year’s application stage, with businesses having to bounce back after a debilitating hit to their industry.

For businesses who have struggled, it is hoped that applying for the awards will allow them to showcase their achievements during the period and offer a much-needed boost.

The awards are free to enter, with applications set to close on 14 January 2022. The successful finalists will be shortlisted during the week commencing 31 January 2022.

A panel of some of Britain’s most successful food and drink industry entrepreneurs and experts have been selected to review the applications.

New judges include Mark Cumming, head of FMCG UK&I of Costa Coffee, Nigel John Mills, founder of The Lakes Distillery Co plc and Agnieszka Jastrzębska, marketing manager of the Coca-Cola Group.

Francesca James, founder of Food & Drink Heroes, said: “It has been a tough time for businesses and entrepreneurs having been in and out of lockdowns since March 2020.

“However, the flair shown by some smaller businesses to pivot to the circumstances and thrive as well as just survive is nothing less than remarkable.

“Through struggle comes success and no one has struggled more than smaller businesses and entrepreneurs during these past 18 months, though none have as many success stories of triumph either.

“I am really looking forward to hearing about the achievements of these courageous and deserving business owners.”

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