The awards, which are in their second year and are sponsored by Barclays and Stratford-based company DCS Europe, will be presented at a ceremony on 1st February 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Stratford.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of four judges which included last year’s ‘Stratford Pride Award’ winner and CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Diana Owen.

Her fellow judges were Cllr Neville Beamer (Chairman of Stratford on Avon District Council), Tom Horton (Barclays) and Steve Orchard (CEO, Touch FM).

Steve Orchard said: “My fellow judges and I were extremely impressed with the standard of nominations.

“I love reading so many wonderfully positive stories of success from around here and all of the judges agreed that narrowing the nominations in each category to just three finalists was a huge challenge.

“I’d like to congratulate every single one of our finalists and whether they walk away with a trophy on the night or not, they’ve done a fantastic job to reach the final stages of the competition. If you weren’t selected as a finalist this year, I do hope that you’ll come back and next year to tell us of your continued success.

Tickets have already sold out.

The finalists are:

Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by NFU Mutual
Bright Assessing
DCS Europe Plc
Home Instead

Small Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Bright Assessing
Grants Bakeries
Pilates Place
THE big FISH

Town Centre Outlet of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratforward
Gemini
Harmony Health & Beauty Clinic
Sew Me Something

Green Business of the Year 2013
Ettington Chase Hotel
Lilliput
Valpak

Hospitality Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Holiday Inn
Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club
The Golden Cross
The One Elm

Team of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Premier Inn
Civic Hall Team
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Dig for Shakespeare Team
Stratford River Festival Team

Customer Care Award 2013 – sponsored by Western Power Distribution
Bromford Support South Warwickshire
The One Elm
PetShopBowl.co.uk

Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratford on Avon District Council
Adam Taylor & Lexi Tamasan
Harriet Evans
Julia Fallon

Large Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Wright Hassall Solicitors
Claire Wright
Denys Shortt OBE
Krissy Charles-Jones

Tourism Initiative of the Year 2013 – sponsored by the Really Useful Tourism Group
Olympic Opening Big Screen Event
Stratford Food Festival
Stratford Town Walk

Arts Organisation of the Year 2013 – sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company
Civic Hall
Orchestra of the Swan
Tread the Boards Theatre Company

Citizen of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Orbit Heart of England
Craig Hughes
Francis Prentice
Martin Gorrick
Roy Bacon

Carer of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Nuffield Health
Kevin Regester
Michelle Randall
Rose Findon

Educator of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratford Town Trust
Juliet Short
Rachael Perry
Sarah Davis

Young Achiever of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Guy Salmon Land Rover
Brandon Hitchman
Thomas & Harry Richman
Verney Cull

Stratford Pride Award 2013 – sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
Marion Morgan
Mary Coleman
PC Trevor Hall