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Wenta Sponsor SME Bedfordshire Business Awards 2024

The Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce kicked off their annual SME Bedfordshire Business Awards on Wednesday 17th January with a launch event held at The Pavilion in Luton.  

The Wenta team attended as part of Wenta’s platinum sponsorship of this year’s awards and will be on the judging panel in March. Wenta are proudly sponsoring two awards, ‘The Best Enterprising Business Award’ and ‘Action Zero’ sustainability Award.

Introduced by Justin Richardson, CEO of the Chamber, Wenta, along with other sponsors such as UniSnacks, Aegis Support Services, Barnfield College and London Luton Airport, were presented with a certificate of recognition for the support. 


Wenta Platinum Sponsorship Award recognition at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce SME Awards launch
Jennifer Condon (Wenta) with Justin Richardson (Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce)


Small businesses across the Bedfordshire county can enter up to three awards categories and are actively encouraged to enter three if they can. The established business awards cover a wide spectrum of categories from ‘Bedford Business of the Year’ and ‘Luton Business of the Year’ to ‘Retail Business of the Year’, allowing businesses to shine in areas such as innovation, sustainability, customer service and more. 

Showcasing your Bedfordshire small business and unique business journey through the awards is a fantastic way to garner exceptional marketing and PR opportunities.  It could potentially open doors for national recognition and help you to grow your business even further.  Details for each of the categories and how to enter can be found here.

Jennifer Condon, Director of Client Services and Engagement at Wenta and one of the judges on the panel this year commented:

“Wenta are excited to be part of this year’s SME Bedfordshire Business Awards, working together with The Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.  Having been involved with these awards in the past, we’ve seen the many benefits that these awards can bring for business owners.  These range from excellent networking and marketing opportunities to a boost in great PR and a door to growth opportunities.  Whether you have just recently started a business or have been running your business for years, there is a category for everyone.”

Following the launch event, there will be a networking session for any business owners that wish to enter the awards on Thursday 14th February at Wrest Park Enterprise in Silsoe, where awards entrants can find our more information and learn top-tips on putting together a winning submission.  For more information, click here

Entry to the awards closes on 8th March 2024, after which each award will be judged by a panel nominated by award sponsors. The awards themselves will be officially announced at a glamourous, black tie dinner and presentation on the 4th July, at the historic Bedford Corn Exchange.

Wenta have also recently launched the Central Bedfordshire Grant, a 25% match-funded start-up grant, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and REPF (Rural England Prosperity Fund).  This is a grant for £300-£3000 available to people starting up their own business that are based within Central Bedfordshire. 

For more information on these grants, free business advice, support on these business awards and sourcing opportunities like this to promote your business and grow your network, visit or call the Wenta Team on 01438 310020.


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