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Host Clare Frisby.
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BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby is returning to host a newly-expanded Sheffield City Region Business Awards with the help of Apprentice star Nick Hewer.

The presenter will run the show for a second year after the successful launch in 2013.

Then, the awards brought together winners from separate contests run by the Region’s four Chambers of Commerce. Now they will also include the business award winners from the Derbyshire Times and the Mansfield Chad newspapers.

The inclusion of more contestants from a bigger area gives the event - and a win - even greater prestige. Victory in the ultimate business contest is only for the best of the best.

This year the event will have an apprentice theme to reflect their importance in the region’s fast-growing economy.

Clare will be joined on stage by Nick Hewer, star of the BBC’s Apprentice programme, who will speak about his time as Sir Alan Sugar’s right-hand man and his own success in business.

The Awards will be presented at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on Thursday, July 3.

Clare Frisby joined the BBC after reading politics at Hull University and spent four years at BBC Radio York, before moving to Look North in Leeds, where she presents the breakfast and lunchtime editions every weekday.

Nick Hewer met Sir Alan in the 1980s when his PR firm was hired by Amstrad.

It soon became responsible for all Alan Sugar’s business activities.

The 13 categories this year are set to include: manufacturing, entrepreneur, business of the year, export, apprenticeship, environmental, business person, digital/technology, community, design and innovation, customer service and outstanding achievement in sports, hospitality, retail or tourism.

For tickets call 01623 450221 or email