THE entry deadline for the Winchester Business Excellence Awards have been extended as the big awards ceremony edges closer.

Anticipation grows not only to find out the winners from each category, but also to learn which business will win the prestigious Simplyhealth Business of the Year Award.

Judges will be looking for a business which can show sound financial and business planning, the ability to overcome challenges, a clear relationship between overall strategy and marketing and finally, a company which demonstrates a clear plan for future growth.

The Simplyhealth Business of the Year Award is unique as it is presented to one of the category winners during the black tie event held at the Guildhall.

Guests, including all category finalists, will be treated to a three-course meal and all winners will receive a specially commissioned trophy, framed certificate, a full page advert in The Hampshire Chronicle, airtime on Breeze FM and profile boosting PR.

Businesses now have an extra week to enter as the deadline has been extended to Friday, March 2. Entries can be made on the Winchester Business Excellence Awards website and be sure to follow Twitter for updates.