The Brunton at Musselburgh, venue for the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber business awards on Thursday.

The wait is almost over for many local companies ahead of the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce awards.

They will be announced at The Brunton in Musselburgh on Thursday in front of an audience of more than 300 people.

A number of a categories are up for grabs and the judges say it has been a tough task deciding on the winners.

Three Midlothian companies are in the running for the Business Start Up of the Year award, Fayre Tasty, Cross Borders Brewery and Whisky Frames.

And AM Bid Services from East Lothian and Golf Club for Cash from Midlothian are in the short-list for the Business High Growth award.

AM Bid Services are also listed in the SME of the Year category along with ETS, Ross’s of Edinburgh and GMP Print Solutions, all from Midlothian.

Other categories are business innovation, environmental impact, commitment to student and graduate engagement, youth development, community impact and excellence in customer service.