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24 Apr 2023

East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2023 will celebrate achievements of region’s resilient businesses

The resilience of the East Midlands business community during a tough trading environment will be celebrated at a trio of upcoming awards ceremonies later this year – and firms are invited to put themselves forward for recognition.

Entries are now open for the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2023, which includes three gala dinner celebrations in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Businesses, charities and individuals from each county will be recognised across 14 categories, ranging from Outstanding Growth and Excellence in International Trade through to Environmental Impact and an Education and Business Partnership Award.

Headline partner Mazars will also select a Business of the Year winner for each county. Last year’s winners were Katapult (Derbyshire), Scope Construction (Leicestershire) and Copley Scientific (Nottinghamshire).

The Scope Construction team, including co-founders Maz Patel (third from left) and Paz Patel (second from right), pictured with sponsor Mazars, celebrate being named Business of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards 2022

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “With the cost-of-doing-business crisis following hot on the heels of the pandemic and Brexit, the past few years have been as tough a trading environment as many of us can recall.

“Despite this, we’ve seen tremendous resilience on display among our region’s business community, which has found new ways to grow, innovate and collaborate.

“We are once again hugely excited about celebrating these achievements in our Business Awards, which are always one of the most highly-anticipated events in the Chamber calendar – thanks to the sponsors that help to make it happen.”

The deadline for the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2023 is Monday 17 July.

Finalists will be announced at a president’s summer celebration on Thursday 24 August and they will then have a chance to state their case at virtual judging panels taking place on the week commencing 11 September.

Gala dinners take place in November on the following dates:

  • Friday 3 November: Leicestershire Business Awards
  • Friday 10 November: Nottinghamshire Business Awards
  • Friday 17 November: Derbyshire Business Awards

Current sponsors include Mazars (headline partner), Air IT, Amazon, Aston Lark, Blueprint Interiors, Cambridge & Counties Bank, Concertus, De Montfort University, DHL, Eight Days a Week Print Solutions, emh group, ER Recruitment, Eversheds Sutherland, Express Recruitment, Fraser Stretton Property Group, Futures Housing Group, Geldards, ITS Technology Group, Loughborough College, Nottingham Trent University, Purpose Media, Rolls-Royce, RSM UK, University of Derby and University of Nottingham.

To enter the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2023 or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, visit 


East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2023 categories

Guests at the Derbyshire Business Awards 2022

Business Improvement through Technology

Community Impact Award

Outstanding Growth Award

Environmental Impact Award

Commitment to People Development Award

Apprentice of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

Education and Business Partnership Award

Excellence in Customer Service

Excellence in International Trade

Small Business of the Year

Excellence in Innovation

Excellence in Collaboration

Business of the Year