Since the COVID-19 emergency began, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce has heard of many fantastic efforts from businesses and individuals from all over the region who have made a significant contribution to the Doncaster community.

With just over two weeks to nominate your Business Hero, the team at the Chamber are encouraging everyone to get involved and help celebrate the endeavours and outstanding contribution of the region’s business community and professionals – those who have gone the extra mile to help with the Coronavirus crisis.

Nominees can be businesses or professionals working within an organisation.

A live vote will take place during the Doncaster Business Awards in March for a Doncaster Business Hero. The award will formally recognise and pay tribute to contributions from the business or individual to their local communities throughout the pandemic.

It might be supplying PPE, packing and distributing food and essentials for the most vulnerable, innovative new ways of operating, or an initiative or new product that has made a positive impact on the community in some way.

Jade Dyer, Assistant Director at the Doncaster Chamber said “Our Business Hero Award is about the importance of recognising the efforts of businesses during an incredibly challenging year. We’ve been blown away by the energy, positivity and generosity of businesses throughout the pandemic and the hard work of staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Nominations close on 29 January and further details can be found on the Chamber website:

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses to associate their organisation with the recognition efforts.

Nominees include Tom Bracha of Yellow Bus Catering, who cooked over 500 meals every day for local NHS staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary last April.

The Crown Hotel Bawtry Chef Keegan James Loveday was nominated after he switched his day job as a chef to becoming a Service Assistant Volunteer for the NHS based at DRI. Keegan, from Retford, was put on furlough after the hotel closed its doors following government guidelines with Covid-19 in March.

The Doncaster Business Awards will also champion the heroes of the NHS, paying tribute to those who work tirelessly to save and improve lives – never more so than during recent months as the country faces its biggest health challenge in over a century.