One of 14 fantastic awards up for grabs at this year’s Leicester Mercury Business Awards is the ‘Excellence in Science & Technology Award’ which this year will be sponsored by leading law firm Freeths Solicitors. One of the UK’s biggest law firms, Freeths have 11 offices across the country including Leicester and are always keen to support regional events such as these awards.
Mukesh Patel is the Managing Partner at Freeths and he emphasised why the Leicester Mercury Business Awards is such a crucial event. He said: “Events like the Leicester Mercury Business Awards are important because they focus on regional success and it is important that excellence should be both recognised and celebrated.”
He continued: “We are proud to support and celebrate the best of the region’s businesses. The impact of awards like these can be underestimated, participating in them can have a really positive and uplifting impact upon the businesses who submit entries. As a nation, we often shy away from overt celebration of success, these awards go some way to redress the balance. They can serve to inspire others to emulate the success that they see other businesses enjoy.”
Understanding the impact science and technology can have on businesses, it was a natural choice for Freeths to sponsor the ‘Excellence in Science & Technology Award.’ Mukesh explained further: “Freeths is committed to utilising the best of technology to ensure that we offer the very best service to our clients. We are constantly looking to use technology to work better and smarter and therefore it seemed only natural for us to sponsor the Science and Technology Award, indeed we are about to launch a legal app which will be unique amongst law firms in the provision of advice in the area of business immigration. It is also a category that celebrates pioneering business. One of the key drivers for business success is prowess in science and technology and this region has some cutting-edge businesses.”
Leicester is home to a whole host of successful businesses who will all come together at the Maher Centre for the awards, Mukesh explained why he believes the city is such a good place to do business. “Leicestershire is a great place to do business because it has a diverse, flexible and skilled workforce. This is demonstrated by the continued inward investment in the region, the latest being the arrival of PPL/PRS to the city centre. Leicester was up against a lot of competition, but in the end, were successful because of all the benefits it could offer, including location, workforce and the cultural diversity and vitality that is on shown everywhere within the city. We are also blessed with having world class rugby and football, together with some of the best curry houses in the country!”
Nominations for this year’s awards are now closed as category sponsors begin their deliberations before announcing the three shortlisted finalists. The lucky winners will have to wait until the black-tie ceremony in April to find out if they have done enough, with shortlisted finalists being told in March.