Leicestershire Business Awards 2020

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

Brought to you by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), the 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 receive national recognition and continue to grow each year, so we can share the achievements of our members.

We are looking forward to welcoming people to our online gala dinners, we've got lots of exciting activities planned so make sure to check back regularly.

Award Categories

Business Improvement through Technology

This 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: Ktech Suspension, Kudos Technology, LRB Consulting, Spark Academy and TXTSYNC

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Community Impactemh group logo

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: Access Rating, Charity Link, Duncan & Toplis, Mosaic 1898 and Shama Womens Centre

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Outstanding Growth

Morningside Pharmaceuticals logoThis 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: Micro-Fresh, QDTS Construction and The Lettings and Sales Business

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Environmental Impact

RSM logoThe 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: Go Travel Solutions, Octopus Energy for Business and Soar Valley Press

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**NEW** Generation Next

OpeSales and Lettings logon 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: Kieran Lake - Octagon Facilities Management, Warren Doyle - TXTSYNC, Rubina Lokat - PrintPrint, Lee Tomes – Orange Fox Studios and Scarlett Tinsley – Eileen Richards Recruitment

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Commitment to People DevelopmentDMU logo

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: Creative 62, Leicestershire Cares, Noble Events, Penny Price and QDTS Construction

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Apprentice of the Year

The 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: Nicola Kenney - DHL Aviation UK, Stean Beange – emh Group and Pippa Culverwell – Soar Valley Press

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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.

Finalists: Parvez Bhatty - Leicester Children's Holidays, Byron Dixon - Micro-Fresh, Mark Jackson – M J Products, Stewart Vandermark - Nelsons, Mital Thanki – Spark Academy


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Education and Business Partnership

Blueprint Interiors logoAimed 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: De Montfort University – DMU Works Enterprise, Leicester and Leicestershire Learning Partnership, Loughborough College and South Charnwood High School

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Excellence in Customer Service

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: Blueprint Interiors, Creative 62, Due Diligence Checking, Penny Price Aromatherapy and Sanjay Foods

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Excellence in International Trade

Connect 4 GroupThis 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: Happy Pet Products, Micro-Fresh, Penny Price Aromatherapy, DB Automation and Premier Bowl Feeder

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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 havong on business performance.

Finalists: Blueprint Interiors, Spark Academy, Fusion Electrics, QTDS Construction and Evolve IT Consulting

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Innovation in Manufacturing

Sponsored by metalfactureThis 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: Clarks Cycle Systems and Penny Price Aromatherapy

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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 so much appreciated by us.

Business of the Year Sponsor

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Creative Sponsor

Print Sponsor

Car Sponsor
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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 Sanjib.Sahota@emc-dnl.co.uk.