A BALLROOM legend will be waltzing onto the stage to present the Times Business Awards next year who will be familiar to many of the seven million people who tune into BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing.
Professional ballroom and Latin dancer Brendan Cole, will be appearing at the Awards’ seventh outing on March 14, 2024.
Following a champagne reception and three-course dinner, finalists and guests will be welcomed by the star, who won the first series of the show with BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, at Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells.
One of the original professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan’s charismatic performances and audacious exchanges with the Strictly judges all made for outstanding viewing and secured his position as one of the most popular dancers on the show. His career in media and television has grown rapidly since the show’s inception back in 2004.
Since his Strictly debut, Brendan has appeared on stage in pantomime and on television as a guest in a range of shows including Celebrity X Factor, SAS: Who Dares Wins and most recently making it to the final two in Dancing on Ice 2022.
Mr Cole said: “I am pleased to have been asked to present the Times Business Awards for 2024 in Tunbridge Wells. I’m looking forward to being part of honouring the best businesses that have triumphed over the past year.
“Hard work, a little luck, deciding which door to walk through when an opportunity presents itself and creating the opportunities for yourself, I believe, underpin success.”
More than 200 guests attended the last awards held earlier this year in March and took the opportunity to network among peers and meet new people from a variety of businesses –
from small start-ups and charities to larger, established firms.
Winners from the 2023 awards include Kumquat, The TN card and Sharp Minds Communications.
Entries for the Times Business Awards 2024 are now open – you can apply at: timesbusinessawards.co.uk