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Award winning Chamber members

Congratulations to all our members who have won awards in the past month. They include:

Kevin Huffington, Central HealthCentral Health Network has won a coveted national customer service award for the second consecutive year.

The Derby-based healthcare provider scooped the top industry award from leading medical website WhatClinic.com.

Kevin Huffington, Clinical Director at Central Health Network, said: “We’re delighted to have received this award again. The award means so much as it’s voted on by clients who have been impressed with our service levels and extremely positive in their feedback.”

Caelen King, CEO of WhatClinic.com, congratulated Central Health Network and said “These awards are based on real customer feedback, received over many months.”

Da Vinci Community College, in Breadsall Hilltop, has been recognised for giving its pupils the best possible start in their quest to land a dream job.

It won the latest Career Mark for its careers, information, advice and guidance.

The Career Mark was altered last year to take into account a change in the law which has made schools primarily responsible for their pupils’ careers education.

Da Vinci was one of the first schools to be examined under the new approach, with Career Mark inspectors even using the school as a pilot project to fine-tune the criteria, ready to roll it out to other schools across the country.

Mark Cottingham, headteacher, said: “Gaining the Career Mark accreditation again is extremely important to our school because getting pupils to raise their aspirations was one of its founding principles.

“Our programme is all about enabling them to make informed choices about their future and this award demonstrates that everyone’s hard work is achieving that aim.”

Teresa Needham, a lab technician at University of Nottingham, has scooped a top award.

Teresa, who has worked in the University’s School of Geography for almost a decade, has been awarded the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) Technician of the Year Award.

She said: “I am utterly thrilled to have won this award and am grateful to my colleagues who nominated me.”

Two young accountancy professionals from Sheffield and Rotherham scooped top prizes at the Yorkshire Rising Stars of the Year Awards, which celebrated the region’s outstanding up-and-coming finance professionals.

Christopher Seymour, group financial controller at high-tech engineering firm and DNCC member Firth Rixson won the award for companies with a turnover of more than £60m in South and East Yorkshire, impressing judges with his leadership skills and “outstanding contribution to the growth of the business”.

And Claire Dickinson, financial controller at Rotherham-based mechanical seals group Aesseal, also a DNCC member, was the winner in the category for smaller businesses in South and East Yorkshire.

Claire was congratulated for the “material impact” she had had on business improvement and reporting, which included a structural realignment that gave Aesseal a more commercial focus.
Claire said: “It has been exciting to have the opportunity to compare my achievements with my peers and to promote Aesseal, a business that I am extremely proud to work for.”

The awards were supported by Grant Thornton, RBS, DWF and Sharp Consultancy.

Martin BowlesAccountancy firm, Haines Watts, has won Auditor of the Year in the SME category for a second consecutive year at the annual FDs Excellence Awards.

The awards are the result of an annual survey in which 1,380 financial directors and financial decision-makers record their opinion.

Martin Bowles, Partner at Haines Watts East Midlands, based on Pride Park, Derby, said: “It’s great to see Haines Watts win such a prestigious award for the second year in succession.

“This type of award really matters to us because it’s voted for by business people and not by an academic panel of experts.”

University of Nottingham has been awarded a Silver Athena Scientific Women’s Advancement Network (SWAN) Award.

The Athena SWAN Charter, launched in June 2005, recognises and awards commitment to advancing women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines in higher education.

The Charter aims to ensure that women are adequately represented in traditionally male-dominated subjects.

The University of Nottingham is only the third UK university to achieve this award, the others being Queen’s University Belfast and Imperial College London.

Dr Marion Walker MBE, professor in Stroke Rehabilitation at The University of Nottingham said: “The Athena SWAN Silver Award is excellent news for The University of Nottingham.

"This prestigious award demonstrates our commitment in addressing gender inequalities, changing cultures and attitudes at all levels of the University.

"We have set ourselves clear objectives for future development and it’s imperative that we deliver these as promised.”

The team at Nottingham-based Scape is celebrating after wining a national award recognising excellence in the construction industry.

Scape won Integrated Supply Chain of the Year for work with its partners Faithful+Guild, Pick Everard, Willmott Dixon and Kier at Building magazine's awards ceremony.

Scape is a public sector owned business which offers procurement arrangements and standardised designs to deliver cost, time and efficiency savings to public sector construction schemes across the UK.

The public sector is a major customer for the building industry, accounting for one third of UK construction services, local authorities alone spent around £16.2bn on construction services.

The awards recognise innovation and excellence across the sector’s top performers.

In the past ten years Scape’s frameworks have generated £180m of savings overall and £140k savings for every £1m procured and around 200 days saved in delivery timeframes.

Reg Adair, Vice Chairman of Scape said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Scape and is a testament to the hard work of our team. We’re delighted to have won a Building Award, our first ever, and could not have achieved this recognition without the support of our private sector partners.”

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures, which replaced the former Connexions service and is the provider of careers advice, is one of just five organisations to receive the new CEIAG Quality Award.

The accreditation shows it met the demanding validation criteria of the national Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS).

CEIAG stands for careers, education, information, advice and guidance.

Futures has received the award for its Career Mark service. This is delivered locally and nationally to schools to ensure they provide the very best careers education for their pupils.

Gary Longden, Deputy Chief Executive of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures, said: “We’re delighted to be named among a very select few organisations which have received this recognition from a prestigious, national body.”

Chatsworth has received a Gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for its commitment to excellent environmental practice.

GTBS Inspectors visited the Peak District country estate in February to assess Chatsworth House, garden, farmyard, stables shops and restaurants and remarked that “Chatsworth clearly demonstrates how an historical building can carefully juxtapose this historic significance with the principles of sustainable tourism.”

The audit drew particular attention to highlights such as improved roof insulation; excellent use of local and homemade food and beverage products; the replacement of high wattage lighting with LED equivalents; and excellent green management processes, in a report which also noted that “over the last two years the GTBS scoring system has become more rigorous and receiving a GOLD should be commended.”

Andrea Nicholas, Director of Green Tourism at GTBS said: “They are an excellent example for other historic attractions.”

We apologise for not having space to include all our winners in In Business.