Deadline extended for this year’s Hollywood-themed gala event

With entries still coming in for the Times Business Awards, the decision has been taken to extend the deadline.

The closing date will now be 11.59pm on Friday February 24.

“We appreciate that our local entrepreneurs and organisations want to show themselves to their best advantage, so we are giving everyone some extra time to put the finishing touches to their entries,” said Times Editor Richard Moore.

“However, don’t delay too long, because it is important to give the judges time to do their work, too.”

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Event Manager Claire Power has been working hard getting everything in place to make sure entrants and judges get all the information they need, and that the evening runs smoothly.

The event is just as much about fun as it is about finances for the sponsors, judges and of course, hopeful entrants, she told the Times.

“I love doing this kind of event,” said Claire, whose event management background includes marketing and wedding planning.

“People work so hard and it’s so nice to have something to look forward to.”

With the Hollywood theme planned for this year, she has even given thought to her outfit for the evening – but always with an eye on her own stamina to ensure she is ready for any challenge, right until the end of the evening.

“I’m on my feet for 12 to 13 hours, but I love it and I love the party atmosphere, so I make sure people have what they need.

“Maybe I will have trainers on under my ballgown!” she said.

“The theme this year is ‘Hollywood Glamour’, with lots of white, black and red – very glitzy. I’m really looking forward to that.

“I think it’s an opportunity for everyone to get on their glad rags, after what we’ve been through in the last few years.”

The Times Business Awards are a boon for the area she has come to love, ever since moving here in November 2004.

She said: “Being involved in the Awards is wonderful. I get to express my love for this part of the world.”

The black-tie event and gala dinner will take place on Thursday March 30 at Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells.

“It’s a beautiful setting, and there is accommodation here so people can stay over if want to,” said Claire.

With the gala dinner taking place in the impressive Victorian Science Theatre at Salomons, she said: “The room is so magical – how can anyone not have a good time?”

For more details, contact Claire Power and the event management team at:

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