Derbyshire Business Awards 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the night for the Derbyshire Business Awards 2020. It was incredible to see so many people joining in.

We've been blown away by the support and good spirit that businesses have shown each other this year.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists, it's an amazing achievement to be nominated. 

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.

Winner: Healthy Stuff

Finalists:  Bloc Digital, Derby Swap Shop,  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.

Winner: Investors In Community

Finalists: Geeks Headquarters 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.

Winner: Bloc Digital

Finalists: 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.

Winner: Daniel Nikolla – Hardy Signs,

Finalists: 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. 

Winner: 3rd Rock

Finalists: 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.

Winner: Rhodes Wealth Management

Finalists: DBC Training, HSG, MVIS 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.

Winner: Cerys Addis– DHU Health Care

Finalist: 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.

Winner: Peter Botham - Shed Grounds Maintenance

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




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.

Winner: Embark Federation

Finalists: Access Training and Derby High School





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.

Winner: Home Instead Senior Care Chesterfield

Finalists: Anoki Derby, DHU (111) East Midlands CIC, Futures Housing Group and Rhodes Wealth Management



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. 

Winner: P R Marriott Drilling

Finalists: Adshead Ratcliffe & Co and KJB Consulting (Global)


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.

Winner: Sheds Ground Maintenance

Finalists: Healthy Stuff, 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.

Winner: Composite Braiding

Finalist: Bartco UK



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. 

Winner: P R Marriott Drilling



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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