We couldn’t stage this incredible event without the help and support of the firms who get behind the awards.

Tele editor Brian Hossack said: “I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support.

“Without them we simply couldn’t stage this amazing event each year.

“Their sponsorship of categories shows that they all care about the area and, like us, want to be at the very heart of celebrating it.

“Again, everyone at the Telegraph very much appreciates their backing and we look forward to welcoming them on the night.”

Lorna Sharples, site leader at Amazon’s Gourock fulfilment centre, said: “Supporting the local community is very important to us and we are thrilled to be sponsoring the Heart of Gold category at the Greenock Community Champion Awards 2020.

“This is a special award which recognises someone whose actions, achievements, courage or bravery has touched the lives of others and made a difference.

“I encourage people to nominate their family, friends or neighbours who may truly have a Heart of Gold.”

Inverclyde Council leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, says the local authority is delighted to be backing the business champion category.

He added: “We are delighted to be once again supporting the Greenock Telegraph Champions awards. They are an ideal way to showcase the incredible work and volunteering going on our community day in day out.

“Each year the awards show Inverclyde at its very best and they shine a light on our unsung heroes. We are delighted to be supporting once again the business award.

“Our business gateway and business development service get to see the fantastic new starts and business growth they are supporting in Inverclyde. Now it is time to recognise that through the champions awards, so get nominating.

William Peacock, of Platinum Paving, said: “Myself and the team at Platinum Paving are delighted and indeed privileged to be again be involved in the Greenock Telegraph Community Champion Awards.

“We came on board last year and it was a truly inspiring event which brought together what is so great about our local community and the people in it. As a local based business we feel it is our duty to help in any way we can to give back to those who have supported us as we have gone from strength to strength. The Little Champions are kids who have shown tremendous bravery against all the odds and I for one am extremely proud of each of them.”

John Baxter, of Protec Plumbing & Heating, says they are also delighted to be back on board.

He said: “We are happy to support the Community Champion Awards again. As a local business we feel it is important to recognise the achievements of local people and this even gives us an opportunity to give back to our local community by supporting the Greenock Telegraph as they host this fantastic award ceremony. We are proud sponsors of the Charity Champion of the Year category this year and looking forward to another great evening.”