Derbyshire Business Awards

Judging has now taken place and we are preparing for the Gala Dinner. Please note - Bookings are no longer being taken as the venue has reached capacity.

Taking place on 12 November at Derbyshire County Cricket Club. It's an opportunity to come together and celebrate what makes Derbyshire business great.

Find out more.

We want this year's Business Awards to be a celebration of business and the resilience they have shown in the last 18 months.

We are hoping that everyone will be able to join us at the Gala Dinner in November.

Selected winners on the night will go on to the national BCC awards.

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.

The finalists are:

  • Futures Housing Group
  • Healthy Stuff
  • Penny Hydraulics
  • Scenariio
  • Thompson Tree Services (Midlands)

Community ImpactUniversity of Derby

The Finalists are:

  • Fortem Solutions
  • Griffith Foods
  • Liniar
  • MVIS
  • Resilient World Solutions

Outstanding Growth

Amazon 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.

The finalists are:

  • Fibre Tec Solutions
  • Professional Heating Solutions
  • Project D
  • Sky Recruitment Solutions
  • SureScreen Diagnostics

Collaboration Award

We are looking for organisations which have worked together for a common goal. This award is for organisations that have combined their skills to demonstrate what can be achieved by working together. 

The finalists are:

  • Derbyshire Voluntary Action
  • Derby Market Place
  • Penguin PR/ Colleague Box and Vibrant Accountancy
  • Safe and Sound
  • The Swap Shop

Environmental Impact 

Futures Housing GroupThe Environmental Impact Award will be awarded to an organisation which has put environmental sustainability at the core of it's business.

The finalists are:

  • Derby City Council – DE-Carbonise Project
  • Devtank
  • Griffith Foods
  • Liniar
  • MVIS

Commitment to People Development

2020 TrainingThe 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.

The finalists are:

  • A.I.M Commercial Services
  • Aztec Oils
  • Nelsons Derby
  • Peak Indicators
  • Purpose Media

Apprentice of the Year

Derby College Group 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. 

The finalists are:

  • Keenan Gregory – Futures Housing Group
  • Lisa Scarboro – Futures Housing Group
  • Amelia Burton – Griffith Foods
  • Mia Cooper – Joined Up Careers Derbyshire
  • Tom Sharratt – Neuways

Entrepreneur of the YearRyley Wealth Management logo

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

The finalists are:

  • William Crooks - Cawarden
  • Adam Bamford – Colleague Box
  • Peter Ellse – Cosy Direct
  • Jillian Thomas – Future Life Wealth Management
  • Max Vaughan – White Peak Distillery

Education and Business Partnership

RDS Global sponsored byAimed at schools, colleges and further education providers that 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.

The finalists are:

  • Access Training East Midlands
  • Derby College Group
  • Dronfield Heritage Trust
  • Embark Federation
  • R.E.A.L Education

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.

The finalists are:

  • Anoki
  • Maryjanes Catering
  • Purpose Media
  • The Accountancy Recruitment Group
  • UK Asbestos Training Association

Excellence in International Trade

This award recognises the strength of local businesses which trade internationally. 

The finalists are:

  • Atlas Copco Medical
  • Aztec Oils
  • Cathelco
  • Graphoidal Developments
  • SureScreen Diagnostics


Small Business of the YearBegbies Traynor

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.

The finalists are:

  • Peak Indicators
  • Project D
  • The Input Group
  • Think3
  • Thompson Tree Services (Midlands)


Excellence in Innovation

Rolls RoyceThis award recognises businesses that have used innovation to strengthen their business. Lots of businesses have had to change the way they do things and this award is for anyone who thought outside ofthe box to increase efficiencies.

The finalists are:

  • HSG
  • Liniar
  • Scenariio
  • SureScreen Diagnostics

Business of the Year

MazarsThe Business of the Year award sponsored by Mazars is chosen by the judges from the winners of the other individual 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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Become a partner

Becoming a partner in the awards is a great way to get involved and align your brand to our keystone activity.

There are a range of opportunities to suit businesses of all sizes and budgets. 

Why not give our Partnerships Manager Sanjib Sahota a call on 07776 596889 or email