THE North Devon Business Alliance has launched its 2013 online awards. They recognise businesses in the area who use the internet to market themselves effectively.
Barclays is main sponsor of the awards, each category is sponsored by a local business.
"There are few businesses that cannot benefit from using the internet as a marketing or networking tool," said awards co-organiser Kevin Woodward of the NDBA.
"Our first awards in 2012 demonstrated how effectively North Devon businesses use the internet and social media. Our awards are bigger this year and we aim to attract even more entries. What's more, they are free to enter."
Elaine De Trafford, area business manager at Barclays, said: "At Barclays we recognise that online networking plays a key role in the success of businesses today.
"Use of the internet and social media can open up new markets and channels for businesses and help them to compete on a national and global stage.
"We encourage our business customers to promote themselves online and take advantage of the opportunities available to them. Recently we have been running training courses locally to help businesses new to online marketing, to get them started.
"We wish all the shortlisted businesses the best of luck at this year's awards."
The awards run from September 1 to November 8 with categories covering: Twitter sponsored by Coversure Ilfracombe; Facebook sponsored by Convallis Software; Google+ sponsored by South West Office Supplies; LinkedIn sponsored by Marsdens Cottage Holidays; Blogging sponsored by pressme; Online Media sponsored by B My Office; and Online Networker of the Year sponsored by Accountancy Edge. Category winners will compete for the NDBA Winner of Winners.
The award winners will be announced at the NDBA Awards Lunch on December 13 at the Chichester Arms, Bishops Tawton.
"We thank Barclays and all our category sponsors," added Kevin, whose own Multiheat and Energy Systems business is a general awards sponsor. "Good luck to all businesses who enter."
To enter and book for the awards lunch visit www.ndba. org.uk.