CELEBRATING the best there is in North East Lincolnshire – the Civic Awards 2021 have been launched today by the borough’s new Mayor.

From NELC:

With the main aim of shining a light on those who are truly making a difference, nine award categories focus upon the community, the environment, sport, and business. The stars of tomorrow are also highlighted, with categories especially for young people.

Officially launching the North East Lincolnshire Civic Awards, His Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough Cllr David Hasthorpe said:

“I stand here today, proud of North East Lincolnshire and its people, from our businesses to our young people, our entrepreneurs and our voluntary and community organisations. There is never a better time than now to highlight the positive and celebrate the good.”

With award medals ready the awards open today, with proud headline and individual award sponsors joining the launch at Grimsby Town Hall.

“I have to say a huge thank you to the sponsors of these first 2021 awards. I was overwhelmed with the hugely positive response when I started to look for our sponsors, who have enabled this idea to become a reality.”

The headline sponsor is burgeoning renewables firm myenergi, which is set to open its flagship new HQ at the Pioneer Business Park near Stallingborough next month.

Kate Tyrell, Corporate Events & Relationship Manager said: “Here at myenergi, we are local people running a local business and in turn we want to recognise and celebrate achievement and congratulate community kindness. In an ever-changing landscape, we also want to encourage ourselves and others to do better, aim higher and celebrate each other’s success.”

The awards: they are open NOW and will be running for nominations until January 31, 2022 with a ceremony to reveal the winners in March 2022.

Community Together Award. For individuals, community groups or organisations involved in bringing communities together through a local project or community event or who have excelled within their communities. The winner will have demonstrated how they have used others’ potential and strength to help people help themselves and others.

Sponsor: Grimsby Fish Merchants Association. Representative Simon Dwyer, said: “North East Lincolnshire has 5,500 people working every day in the fish and seafood processing community – a community that underpins the wider communities of our borough.”

Creative Excellence Award. For those who have helped raise the profile of arts in the borough, helping to make things happen and giving our communities the chance to express themselves creatively.

Sponsor: Healing Manor. Director Charlotte Bennett said: “It is so important to champion creatives in North East Lincolnshire and really showcase the incredible talent and hard work that happens across North East Lincolnshire.”

Sporting Achievement Award. For a person, group or organisation that has helped create a lasting sporting legacy, encouraged participation, and promoted sport.

Sponsor: the Humberside Police & Crime Commissioner.

Youth Sporting Achievement Award: The winner will be a young individual or youth-led community group or organisation that is helping to create a lasting sporting legacy.

Sponsor: Forrester Boyd Wealth Management: Marketing manager Alison Mitchell said: “Community engagement, sports and mental health and wellbeing are more important now than ever, so we are thrilled to see our youth recognised for their contributions.”

Environmental Achievement Award: For an individual or group that has worked to celebrate, improve, and protect the environment in which they live and who voluntarily strive to improve the outdoor environment for their communities.

Sponsor: Dalkia Wastenergy. Managing Director Sharon Hunt said: “In sponsoring this award, we wish to congratulate everyone in this area who has participated and continues to do their bit in helping to save the environment.”

 Youth Environmental Achievement Award: For an individual under 21, or a youth-led community group or organisation that has worked to protect our local environment, striving to enhance our local outdoor spaces.

Sponsor: Dalkia Wastenergy

Young Achiever Award: To celebrate an inspirational person, under 21, who has made an outstanding contribution by volunteering with the community – demonstrating leadership, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Sponsor: YMCA Humber. Head of People & Policy Kate Conway said: “We believe everybody has potential to unlock. Supporting young people to achieve their ambitions is the foundation of all the work we do at YMCA Humber.”

Business in the Community Award: This award recognises the businesses that have invested in North East Lincolnshire’s communities through sponsorship or other forms of support to make it a better place to work, play and stay.

Sponsor: E Factor Group Ltd. Managing director Mark Webb said: “We have sponsored this award because we realise how important local business is to the future of our community.”

Healthy Living Award: For an individual or community group that has improved the health and wellbeing of people or communities in North East Lincolnshire, be it physical, mental, emotional, or social.

Sponsor: Ish Fish. Company representative Garry Bainbridge said: “We believe in putting back and this fits very much with our ethos and what we are trying to achieve.”

The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement: Specially selected by the Mayor and not open for public nomination, this will celebrate someone for their outstanding contribution and dedication to the borough.

Sponsor: JemBuild. Managing Director Paul Barker said: “Growing up locally and developing a construction business over the last 10 years, I am delighted to be a sponsor. I see such awards as having a hugely positive effect on those nominated – knowing they are recognised for what they do.”

To download a nomination form go to www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/mayor-and-civic-information