Entries open for this year’s awards
Following two highly successful years, the Football Business Awards will return to Stamford Bridge for a third time on November 6th. The awards will once again celebrate the game’s off-pitch stars and the excellent work that so often goes unnoticed.
Whether a club, sponsor, marketing agency, designer or technology provider, the awards will honour those and the dozens of other roles that help make the beautiful game so great.
Various categories representing a multitude of different facets within the business of football are available, providing a platform for industry leaders to showcase their work. The judging panel of senior business personnel has been bolstered this year and includes Chelsea FC Chairman, Bruce Buck, Chief Executive of the League Managers Association, Richard Bevan and Lord Ouseley, Chairman of Kick It Out.
The Football Business Awards translate into a valuable stamp of approval for those who take home a top prize. Speaking on PureNet’s victory last year, Sales and Marketing Director, Paul Doherty, said, “Winning the award raised our profile in what is a core marketplace, allowing us to showcase the breadth and quality of work we have done with football clubs such as West Ham, West Brom and Birmingham City. Shortly after the award we won the contract to develop Norwich City FC’s retail website which went live last month. I have no doubt that being an award winner in the Football Business Awards directly contributed to this success.”
Rory Ross Russell, Co-Founder of the Football Business Awards, said, “We are delighted with how these awards seem to be growing in significance every year. Winning an award really does seem to be making a difference to suppliers, with significant new business coming in as a result.
“Clubs are also becoming more aware of the value of winning and are putting more and more effort into their entries. We deliberately design the categories so there is at least one for almost anyone working in the football industry. The standard of the submissions and the levels of innovation were fantastic last time and we look forward to seeing some more entrants this year.”
Last year 550 of the game’s business leaders and decision makers attended the ceremony and increased numbers are expected for the upcoming event.
This year’s charity is the Movember Foundation, the global men’s health organization committed to driving significant improvements in the prevention of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Entries are now open and must be submitted online by July 15th 2014, at a cost of £195+VAT or £145+VAT if sent before June 30th.