The North Devon Journal Business Awards were launched this morning before an audience of the area's leading businesses at the Apprentice Showcase at the Barnstaple Hotel.
Editor Lisa Templeton revealed the nine awards categories which will recognise best digital business, young entrepreneur, apprentice of the year, business champion, best business in the community, excellence in customer service, best new business, best retail/leisure business and best small/medium business.
"North Devon has continued to demonstrate its resilience as the UK emerges from recession," said Lisa.
"Since we launched the North DevonJournal Business Awards in 2011, the innovation and dedication of our finalists and winners have never failed to amaze and inspire and we are sure that 2014 will be no different.
"As everyone knows in business, confidence is crucial. And by providing a platform to celebrate the outstanding successes of companies and individuals in the North Devon community, we hope that - with your help and the help of our sponsors - the North Devon Journal Business Awards will once again play a part in reminding people of the many reasons to feel positive about doing business in North Devon."
Businesses attending the launch at the Apprentice Event included Actavis, Babcock, Bray Leino, ETC, Aero Stanrew, Helitune and Mole Valley Farmers.
The awards are open now and entries can be made online at northdevonjournal.co.uk/businessawards until May 12. The winners will be announced at a gala awards evening on June 25.