Patrick makes it his business to raise laughs at awards date

TV comedian Patrick Monahan has been named as the celebrity host for a major business awards night in November.

The Irish/Iranian/Teessider is known for clean ad lib banter and for being a studio warm up act on Channel 4’s The Paul O’Grady Show.

Show Me the Funny winner Patrick also appeared on numerous occasions in front of the camera hosting mock quizzes, modelling false bums and finally as a guest on the sofa!

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His appearance at the glittering Bedfordshire & Luton Rising Stars Business Excellence Awards in November is sure to add fun to the evening of celebration for Bedfordshire’s finest firms.

Last year’s Rising Stars was praised as one of the best in the 18 year history of the annual event, organised by Premier Newspapers in association with headline sponsor Barclays.

This year, for the 19th annual awards, they will once again celebrate successful companies and individuals, and offer an excellent opportunity for business leaders to meet, be inspired and showcase their achievements to their peers.

But there are also changes. The most noticeable is the venue. The awards, held this year on Thursday, November 8, have moved from Park Inn hotel to the Bedford Corn Exchange. There will be a champagne reception, three-course meal with wine and a raffle and disco.

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The organisers are also introducing a built-in donation to the nominated charity, the East Anglia Air Ambulance. £10 from every ticket sale will go to the good cause.

The closing date for entries is August 31 and the awards categories are:

> New Business of the Year.

> Training & Development Award – sponsored by University of Bedfordshire

> Environmental Award

> Community Investment Award – sponsored by Nisa Local

> Unsung Employee of the Year

> Apprentice of the Year

> Enterprising Organisation of the Year (open to profit and non-profit organisations)

> Customer Service Award – sponsored by KSK

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> Business of the Year under 50 employees – sponsored by Mayfair

> Business of the Year over 50 Employees

To sponsor a category contact the Premier Events Team on 01536 356902/506134 or email: [email protected] for details.

For further details on how the enter, including entry forms, visit

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