Nottinghamshire Business Awards 2020

The Nottinghamshire Business Awards is part of our flagship awards programme celebrating the contribution Nottinghamshire 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 have received some fantastic entries this year and our judges are picking the winners. Please check back regularly to hear more about the announcements.

Awards Categories

Business Improvement through Technology

Air IT 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: Chanodil, Clearmark Solutions, Proludic, Performance Networks

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Community Impact

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: Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, Nottingham Forest Community Trust, Portland Pathways - Portland College, RideWise, TTK Confectionery

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Outstanding Growth

RSM 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: Air IT, CCM Group, Ignys, Healthcare Print and Packaging, The Dairy Creative Agency

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Environmental Impact *** NEW ***

The 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: Essentra Tapes, Nottingham City Council Energy Services, RideWise, Rotheras Solicitors, Viridis Building Services

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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.

Finalists: Hannah Hickman – Mansfield Innovation Centre, Lewis Quayle – Powerplus Group, Katie Gilbert – TTK Confectionery, Leah Binney – TTK Confectionery

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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.

Finalists: CCM Group, Custard Technical Services, The Evolve Trust and TTK Confectionery

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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: Carl Fielden – Nottingham City Homes, Nicola Dunna – Nottingham City Homes, Claudia Wright – The Dairy Creative Agency

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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 Evershedsability to provide inspirational leadership.

Finalists: Andrew Davies – Flexi Films UK, Richard Fletcher – Ignys, Stewart Vandermark – Nelsons, Pete Colby – Pragmatism UK, Martin Barnett – TTK Confectionery

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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 demostrate partnership working with local businesses and how they help pupils develop crucial employability skills valued by employers.

Finalists: 3iii, Access Training, The Farnborough Academy

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Excellence in Customer Service

Recognising organisation 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: Custard Technical Services, Mansfield Innovation Centre, Performance Networks and Voldi

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Excellence in International Trade

DHL logoThis 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: Greene, Tweed & Co, Skins Sexual Health, Unic International

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Small Business of the Year

NTU logoThis 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: 3iii Training, CCM Group, PLM Global, TTK Confectionery and Unic International

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Innovation in Manufacturing

This 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: Clearmark Solutions and Unic International

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Business of the Year

Mazars logoThe 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

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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