THE deadline for the INSPIRE Business Awards 2018 is fast approaching.

The awards are to celebrate local business, promote north Hampshire as a key business region and inspire other small enterprises in the area to prosper.

The 13 award categories include Female Achiever, Apprentice of the Year and Family Business of the Year, and winners will collect their awards in front of 600 guests. Individuals can nominate themselves, a colleague, a great apprentice, their employer, or any other local businesses.

To enter, go online before Friday, 14 September, and tell judges why you or your nominee should win.

All those finalists will receive two free tickets to the awards ceremony, this year hosted on Thursday, 22 November at the Hampshire Court Hotel.

To enter the INSPIRE Business Awards 2018, go to