A chance for business to boast about quality service

THERE are six awards up for grabs by Yorkshire businesses in the North of England Excellence Awards 2011.

They will recognise excellence in customer service, innovation, lean, leadership, learning and development, and sustainability and will run alongside the existing Excellence Awards, which cover all areas of the organisation's performance.

The awards, now in their 18th year, are open to private, public and voluntary organisations of all sizes throughout the North.

They are organised by North of England Excellence and supported by the British Quality Foundation and Chartered Quality Institute.

The winners will be announced at a glittering popular business annual awards ceremony in autumn.

For further details contact Suzanne House at North of England Excellence on 01925 715242 or visit www.northofenglandexcellence.co.uk.

David Teale, chief executive of North of England Excellence, said: "The awards are different to other business awards – not only is there the opportunity to win recognition, but all applicants get feedback and benchmarking data to promote further improvement.

The deadline for entries if March 25 and volunteer assessors are being sought, typically managers or consultants with an understanding of business excellence. Assessors undergo specialist training.

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