A HOST of blue chip companies are backing the second Radio Forth Awards which will honour top achievers in the world of music, entertainment, sport, education, tourism and the workplace.
Following the success of the inaugural awards, main sponsors Black Horse Finance are being joined by familiar High Street names including John Lewis and the St James Centre.
Other major supporters include the Edinburgh Evening News, Lochinvar Windows, Westwood?s Health Club and The List magazine.
And Radio Forth are putting up a special award in memory of the late Tom Wilson, the highly respected Forth presenter and music producer who died suddenly two months ago.
The 2004 Radio Forth Awards will recognise the talents of a wide range of local groups, individuals and organisations who contribute to the social well being of communities throughout east central Scotland.
Black Horse Finance are again sponsoring the overall awards and have put up a ?5000 grant in the Black Horse Community Challenge open to under 18?s and awarded to the best project aimed at improving their local community.
The capital?s own newspaper, the Edinburgh Evening News, are sponsors of the Forth One Best Place to Work award while High Street giant John Lewis is sponsoring the Forth One Best Teacher category.
The Tom Wilson Award, in memory of one of Radio Forth?s most successful presenters, will be open to individuals and groups pursuing a career in the music industry. The award is open to anyone involved in music from vocalists, musicians, writers and DJs to producers and all musical genres will be considered. Entrants must be aged under 21 and the winner will receive a ?1000 grant towards musical equipment.
Radio Forth?s listeners will also be asked to nominate their top musical stars for the Forth One Favourite Newcomer and FORTH2 Music Recognition awards which were last year won by David Sneddon and Sharleen Spiteri, respectively.
Radio Forth?s managing director, Sandy Wilkie, said: ?We are delighted the 2004 Radio Forth Awards have attracted the support of some of the business community?s most respected organisations.
?The awards are an opportunity for our 400,000 listeners to make their voice heard and vote count in a whole range of worthy categories and is a chance to honour those who work tirelessly on behalf of others or bring enjoyment through their achievements.
?Last year?s awards ceremony exceeded all our expectations and was a day to remember for all our winners, guests and sponsors. We are sure this year?s event will be equally successful and we are grateful to the support of all our sponsors, particularly Black Horse Finance.?