Derbyshire Business Awards 2020

We have revamped the Business Awards to make it even easier for you to enter.

The Derbyshire Business Awards is part of our flagship awards programme celebrating the contribution Derbyshire businesses make to our region's thriving economy and communities. 

Our Business Awards are proudly led by business from start to finish. We have carefully crafted a broad range of categories to give any successful organisation the chance to tell their story.

We are proud that our awards continue to grow each year, so we can share the achievements of our members.

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We have introduced a 100% online entry process, click one of the links and login, or register for an account and you can save your progress and submit your entry when you are ready. If you entered the awards last year, the system will have saved your details.

The deadline for entries is 27 July. We have streamlined the application process to make our awards more simple to enter.

Awards Categories

Business Improvement through Technology

Purpose Media logoThis award recognises organisations that have integrated technology into the way they work, to help them grow their business. Entrants for this award must demonstrate how they have used the power of technology to work more effectively and increase their ability to meet the needs of their customers. Businesses will need to demonstrate the effect that the technology has had on their work.

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Community ImpactUniversity of Derby

This award recognises businesses, charities and social enterprises that have implemented Corporate Social Responsibility as part of their business planning. Entrants will showcase how they identified, and made a positive impact on issues within their local community. Businesses will demonstrate not only the impact their actions have had, but also the process that went into the planning of their CSR activites.

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Outstanding Growth

This award is open to businesses of all sizes and rewards those that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade. Finalists will also need to demonstrate how the plans they have in place to make sure that the growth is sustainable.

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Generation Next ***NEW***

Open to young professionals aged between 18-35 who can demonstrate clear and rapid progress within their field of work. The individual will be responsive to challenges in business, innovative and creative with solutions – an instrumental resource contributing to the success of their business and wider community.

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Environmental Impact **NEW**

FuturesnHousingThe Environmental Impact Award will be awarded to an organsation which has put environmental sustainability at the core of its business. The winning business will demonstrate a measureable commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. 

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Commitment to People Development

The winner of this award will showcase a commitment to the development of staff through the promotion of a learning and
development culture and employee wellbeing.

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Apprentice of the Year

GBS logoThe Apprentice of the Year category celebrates the business leaders of the future. The award recognises the rising stars of business who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation they work in. Finalists will demonstrate how they have shown exceptional progress during the past year.

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Entrepreneur of the Year

This Award recognises a dynamic and creative business leader. The winner will showcase their drive, tenacity, vision and an ability to provide inspirational leadership.

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Education and Business Partnership

Aimed at schools, colleges and further education providersthat engage effectively with business, this award recognises those which can demonstrate partnership working with local businesses and how they help pupils develop crucial employability skills valued by employers.

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Excellence in Customer ServiceAstonLark logo

Recognising organisations with a focus on customer service and care, this award has been designed for businesses which can demonstrate excellence and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations.

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Excellence in International Trade

This award recognises the strength of local businesses which trade internationally. Entrants must demonstrate how their objectives and strategies have generated significant and/or sustained increases in their international activity. 

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Small Business of the YearTAB

This award - open to organisations employing up to 75 full-time members of staff - will go to a company that has achieved consistent growth backed by strong financial performance. Entrants will demonstrate current activity to grow market share and the effect this is having on business performance.

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Innovation in Manufacturing

Rolls RoyceThis award recognises manufacturers with a track record of innovation, efficiency, sustainability and profitability. Entrants must be able to demonstrate the success of the products they manufacture, along with the strength of their presence in the UK and/or overseas.

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Business of the Year

MazarsThe Business of the Year award sponsored by Mazars is chosen by the judges from the winners of the other indivudal award categories. The business of the year will be awarded to a business which has shown excellence in their field and is an exemplar to all other businesses within Derbyshire. It will showcase the quality of businesses and the expertise within the county. 



Thank you to all our sponsors for their support, involvement and engagement. It is much appreciated.

Business of the Year Sponsor

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Creative Sponsor

Print Sponsor

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Category Sponsors



There are still opportunities to align your brand with the Chamber’s reach by sponsoring an awards category or gala dinner sponsorship. To talk through a full range of opportunities please contact Sanjib Sahota on 07776 596889 or email