A new awards ceremony is being held in Cirencester this year to celebrate the work of local businesses and the community sector.

After two years of Covid-19, during which volunteers and community organisations have gone the extra mile to help others, Cirencester Chamber of Commerce is holding the ceremony to thank them and celebrate their achievements alongside those of the business community.

The celebration will take place in the Church of St John the Baptist in the Market Place on Friday, July 22 from 6pm-9.30pm. This date has been chosen so it sits between the two other major events, the Platinum Jubilee weekend and the return of the Phoenix Festival.

Adam Vines, Chamber president, said: “With over 300 attendees from both the business and residential communities, it’s a chance to celebrate what makes the town and its people so special after two difficult years.”

There will be six business awards including business person of the year and the judging for these will be organised by the Chamber. There will also be four community awards that will recognise individuals, groups and projects and the judging for these will be organised by the town council.

The church will be transformed into a massive banqueting hall. Guests will enjoy food and drink provided by local suppliers and there will also be a pay bar for those who want to sample more of the drinks on offer.

As in previous years, businesses will be able to complete their own entry forms. The community awards will be done by nomination and it will also be possible to self-nominate.

The final list of award categories and entry forms will be available shortly, so anyone who runs a voluntary organisation or owns a local business and wants to enter is encourage to get in touch.

Contact Chamber secretary Sarah Somers for further details on 07842 081589 or info@cirencesterchamber.org.uk