LONDON — The High Commission for St. Vincent and the Grenadines is preparing for its second Annual Vincentian Business Excellence Awards following the success of last year’s event.

This year’s ceremony, which is based on the theme “Think SVG”, will take place at the Charing Cross Hotel in Central London on Nov. 20 and will showcase the best of responsible and successful Vincentian businesses here in the UK.

Four major awards will be presented during this gala event. The categories are: Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Award 2013; Bank of SVG National Award for Business 2013; Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and Business Man of the Year 2013. At least two special awards will also be given. Recipients would have demonstrated that they are the most influential, responsible, business oriented and accomplished businesses or individuals.

Cenio Lewis, SVG’s High Commissioner to said, “We value the hard work and dedication that our deserving Vincentian diaspora are putting into their businesses and communities here in the UK; and also the contributions they are giving back to homeland St.Vincent and the Grenadines”.

The lead organizer of this event — Minister Counsellor Doris Charles continues to shower praise on the members of the organising committee who continue to volunteer their efforts well beyond the call of duty.

The organising committee is made up of Steve Maingot, Ann-Marie Brooks, Carolin de Freitas-Sawh; Dudrey Browne; Ozzie Frank; Simeon Williams, as adviser to the Committee, and Doris Charles.

With just about one month to go, preparations have moved into high gear. The High Commissioner continues to support this initiative and urges that our nationals be encouraged to participate.

“This year’s Award Ceremony will be an exciting event where we will also launch a new website ‘Think SVG’, which will serve as a portal for information relating to investment, new developments and other activities across St.Vincent and the Grenadines.”

The evening’s programme will commence with a drinks reception, followed by a formal dinner and the presentation of the Awards.

The Awards for Excellence 2013 are being positioned as the primary means by which businesses in the Vincentian Diaspora would continue to identify, celebrate and disseminate good business practices and communicate the positive impact they are having on their respective communities. By extension, with the coming on stream of the International Airport, the aim is that co-operative ventures and strategic business alliances will be forged with the Diaspora and the home country – St.Vincent and the Grenadines.