Derbyshire Business Awards 2020

We are making the final preparations for the award annoucements on the 3 December.

Although we have moved the awards online this year, we still have loads of things planned for the night and we would love everyone to get involved.

We want you to get dressed up (as you see fit), get the decorations up and the party started by sharing your night via #chambercelebration.

Even if you aren't a finalist we would love you to join in and celebrate the amazing work which has been undertaken by businesses in the laast 12 months

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.

Finalists:  Bloc Digital, Derby Swap Shop, Healthy Stuff, Insight Finance Solutions and Strengths Director Coaching



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.

Finalists: Geeks Headquarters, Investors In Community and Wathall’s


Outstanding Growth

Sponsored by amazonThis 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.

Finalists: Bloc Digital, Cosy, Scenariio, think3 and West Road Haulage




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.

Finalists: Daniel Nikolla – Hardy Signs, Christopher Monk – Monkey vs Owl and Tom Ward – Wytech



Environmental Impact **NEW**

Futures HousingThe 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. 

Finalists: 3rd Rock, Longcliffe Group, MVIS, Shed Grounds Maintenance and Tec 4 Lubricants




Commitment to People DevelopmentDerby College Group

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.

Finalists: DBC Training, HSG, MVIS, Rhodes Wealth Management and UK Asbestos Training Association





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.

Finalists: Cerys – DHU Health Care and Ranica Brown – Bloc Digital




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.

Finalists: Jillian Thomas - Future Life Wealth Management, Nik Hardy - Hardy Signs, Anne Ashman -MVIS, Joe Burns - Reformed IT and Peter Botham - Shed Grounds Maintenance




Education and Business Partnership

RDS Global sponsored byAimed 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.

Finalists: Access Training, Derby High School, Embark Federation





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.

Finalists: Anoki Derby, DHU (111) East Midlands CIC, Futures Housing Group, Home Instead Senior Care Chesterfield and

Rhodes Wealth Management

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Excellence in International Trade

Midlands ConnectThis 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. 

Finalists: Adshead Ratcliffe & Co, KJB Consulting (Global) and P R Marriott Drilling

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Small Business of the Year

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.

Finalists: Healthy Stuff, Sheds Ground Maintenance, The Accountancy Recruitment Group, think3 and West Road Haulage



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.

Finalists: Bartco UK and Composite Braiding



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

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