The business group has announced the categories for its new ICON Awards, which aim to highlight the success of local firms.

The awards, which were previously known as the Bee’s Knees, will be presented at a gala night to be held at the Kip Marina in Inverkip on September 16.

Shari Workman, ICC’s membership engagement manager, says the awards will be a great way to honour businesses after the pandemic period.

She said: “It’s a new name, as we felt coming out of Covid was the right time for a change.

“We’ve got a special award for perseverance, to recognise the difficult situation many businesses and third sector organisations have faced.

“Being recognised is important, it’s good to be able to honour the resilience and hard work of local businesses and show the people of Inverclyde what they’ve been doing.

“It’s also a chance to show everyone else how great Inverclyde and its enterprise scene is.”

Local firms can be nominated for one of ten categories including growth, entrepreneurialism skills development and tourism.

Nominations, which are open until August, will then been narrowed down by the Chamber and put before a judging panel of sponsors and board members.

Mrs Workman, who joined ICC during the pandemic is looking forward to her first awards night.

She added: “These are the first we’ve held since 2019 and my first as part of Inverclyde Chamber. I’m really excited and think it shows a new, fresh side of the chamber.

“It’s a different name and we have lots of new businesses too.

“Coming out and doing a big glamorous event to honour local companies is a fantastic idea and I can’t wait for the awards night.”

ICON Awards

This article appeared in the Greenock Telegraph.