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move to the next level. “In addition, I live in Newbury and would love to do a bit more in the town. I think Newbury needs to encourage small businesses to grow. They are the future.” Mr Panczak has more than 25 years of business experience as finance director, commercial direc- tor and chairman. He has experience of building businesses and joint ventures, generating high-quality revenue streams, negotiating contracts and raising finance. Mr Richards has been in busi- ness for more than 30 years at board level, as commercial director, managing director, non-executive director and chairman. He has a wealth of experience in business planning, growth, fundraising, structure/restruc- ture, mergers and integration, acquisitions and company sales, international business, sales and marketing including brand creation and development. He has also successfully founded, grown and sold companies. The awards were officially launched at West Berkshire Brew- ery on Tuesday. For all the pictures, see page 4 of the NWN .

Report by DAN COOPER email dan.cooper@newburynews.co.uk twitter @danc_nwn

THERE are a number of new sponsors for this year’s Newbury Weekly News Best in Business Awards, which officially launched on Tuesday. The awards, which are now in their second year, celebrate all that is great about business in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. This year there will be nine award categories, each sponsored by a local business. An overall Best in Business winner will then be chosen from the category winners (excluding the charity category) at the gala celebration dinner at Newbury Racecourse. LAUDIS Business Advisors, which has considerable experience of helping companies to grow and prosper, will be sponsoring the entrepreneur category. The company, as the name suggests, consists of a group of advi- sors sharing the simple aim of build- ing businesses to maximise medium- term profitability and value. LAUDIS also works with busi-

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ness owners to help them fulfil their ambitions, including growth, development, acquisition or managed exit. Non-executive directors John Panczak and Nick Richards both have personal experience of build- ing successful businesses and now use this experience to support others. “Nick and I have both set up our

own companies and we really like people who are entrepreneurial,” said Mr Panczak. “We both feel a certain kind of affinity to those who want to set up their own business. “We love trying to help people who are in the early stages of their career. People who have got ambi- tion, but recognise they need a bit of help and support to grow and

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