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BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 - Derbyshire Finalists announced

Derbyshire Awards We are currently undergoing the final preparations for the gala dinner, which will take place at the 3aaa County Ground, Derby on 8 September and tickets are now available here.

It's sure to be a great night with 12 categories being announced plus the prestigious Business of the Year, as well as entertainment and networking.

Thank you to everybody who entered the awards this year. The standard of entries was really high and we would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck on the night.

A full list of the finalists for each category is below.


This year, there are 12 awards categories split into three broad themes. They are:

Development and Growth

These categories celebrate organisations who have used innovative thinking to grow their business and improve the community around themselves.

This award recognises businesses that have exploited the latest technologies to improve their overall business performance.
The finalists are:

Chevin Fleet Solutions
Hardy Signs
Picsolve International

COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD - Sponsored byFutures Housing
This award recognises businesses, charities and social enterprises that demonstrate an innovative, collaborative and proactive approach to corporate social responsibility and responsible business practice.
The finalists

  • Cosy

  • Derby Museums

  • Hodgkinson Builders

  • Sarah Gatford
  • OUTSTANDING GROWTH AWARD - Sponsored by East Midlands Airport
    This award recognises businesses that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade over the past 12 months.
    The finalists are:

  • ChargedEV

  • Chevin Fleet Solutions

  • DG Light Haulage

  • Fifteen Design

  • Purpose Media
  • MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - Sponsored byKemps publishing
    This award recognises organisations who have created, implemented and evaluated a marketing campaign that has been an outstanding success over the past 12 months.
    The finalists are:

  • DrivenMedia

  • Koobr

  • Purpose Media

  • Tidyco
  • Celebrating People

    These categories celebrate the people who have made a significant contribution within their organisation and/or the East Midlands business community, and who make the development of their workforce an integral part of their organisational culture.

    This award recognises organisations which demonstrate true commitment to people development and the implementation and promotion of a learning and development culture.
    The finalists are:

  • Fujichem Sonneborn

  • Sky Recruitment Solutions

  • Talk Staff Group
  • APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR - Sponsored byBabington
    This award recognises the rising stars who will become the business leaders of tomorrow, who have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace.
    The finalists are:

  • Buxton and Leek College - Bria Kiely

  • Hodgkinson Bricklaying Contractors - Zachary Beer

  • Mercia Image Print – Tom Lacey

  • Peak Sensors - George Faulkner

  • Purpose Media - Ollie Henderson
  • ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored byGroup logo
    This award recognises the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary business leader. It seeks to define the qualities of successful entrepreneurship – from drive, ambition, vision and tenacity to inspirational leadership, creativity, inventiveness and confidence.
    The finalists are:

  • Astute Recruitment - Sarah Stevenson

  • ChargedEV - Mark Pymm

  • Derby Museums - Mohammed Suleman

  • Emerald Accountancy - Caroline Hopkinson

  • Purpose Media - Matt Wheatcroft
    This award recognises schools, colleges, further education, and training providers that engage effectively with business. Showcasing how partnership with local businesses helps pupils gain an understanding of the world of work and develop the crucial employability skills.
    The finalists are:

  • Derby College

  • R.E.A.L. Education

  • Skills for Careers
  • Excellence in Performance

    These categories showcase the strength of business across the county. They show how local business can have an impact both nationally and internationally and small businesses can make an impact in the markets they operate in.

    EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE - Sponsored by money shop
    This award will recognise organisations which deliver industry-leading standards of service and innovation around customer experience and constantly strive to exceed customer expectations.
    The finalists are:

  • Banner Jones Solicitors

  • Brightside Vets

  • Fujichem Sonneborn

  • Geldards’ Family Team

  • Trentbarton
    This award recognises the strength of local businesses which trade internationally.
    The finalists are:

  • Chevin Fleet Solutions

  • Global Brands

  • Picsolve International
  • SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Geldards logo
    This award will go an organisation – with up to 75 employees - that has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance.
    The finalists are:

  • Bowers Electricals

  • Bright Side Vets

  • DG Light Haulage

  • Frame Fast UK

  • Tidyco
  • MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Rolls-Royce
    This award recognises local manufacturers with a proven track record for innovation, efficiency, sustainability and profitability.
    The finalists are:

  • Bowers Electricals

  • Frame Fast UK

  • Mercia Image Print
  • Overall Winner

    Headline Sponsor - Business of the Year


    Business of the Year
    The recipient of this award, which will not be made until the gala dinner in September, will be chosen from the winners of each of the individual award categories and presented to the company which demonstrates all-round excellence in business.
    It will focus on overall financial and business performance, future objectives and growth potential, and any specific strategies which have driven business growth.

    Drinks Reception Sponsor

    Derby College

    Award Category sponsors and partners:

    Headline Sponsor - Business of the Year


    Derbyshire sponsors

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