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Danaher & Walsh Named Business of the Year

The team from Danaher & Walsh Group, the Chamber's 2015 Leicestershire Business of the YearCivil engineering and plant hire specialist Danaher & Walsh Group has scooped the prestigious Business of the Year title at the East Midlands Chamber’s* 2015 Leicestershire Business Awards.

The firm also collected the High Growth Business of the Year award at a gala dinner at Leicester’s Athena last night.

Danaher & Walsh was established in 1969 by Vera Danaher, the late Daniel Danaher Snr and Thomas and Michael Walsh. It has expanded rapidly to become a respected family-owned business operating throughout England.

Since the late ‘80s, the company has concentrated its activities in two key business areas.

Its civil engineering division has developed into a business that boasts an impressive client portfolio from the public and private sectors. It specialises in framework agreements, highways works including Section 278 agreements, bridgeworks, infrastructure, environmental and public realm works.

Its plant hire division provides an impressive range of modern plant and highly experienced operators to an ever-growing client list across the Midlands.

Receiving the award, Managing Director Dan Danaher, praised his team and described the accolade as “brilliant”. The company was one of nine to scoop an award on the night, as the Chamber celebrated the strength and successes of businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Chamber President Liz Fothergill CBE said: “The Chamber’s congratulations go to all of this year’s winners. We had some stellar entries and the judging process was extremely tough, but all of the winning businesses thoroughly deserve their success.

“The standard of competition was extremely high, which clearly shows that, following a year in which the local economy has made remarkable progress, we have some real success stories of Leicestershire businesses doing well.

“Over the past 12 months, businesses in Leicestershire have been busy investing, innovating, exporting and growing and these awards are testament to the quality of businesses we have in this city and county.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Aggregate Industries

Winner – The Jackloc Company
Runners-up – M-EC and Lemonpath

Export Business of the Year, sponsored by East Midlands Chamber* International Trade Services

Winner – Clifton Packaging Group
Runner-up – Alassala

High Growth Business of the Year, sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Winner – Danaher & Walsh Group
Runners-up – College Court and Qdos Consulting

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by the Academy for Chief Executives

Winner – Jason Hathaway, Edward Hands and Lewis Solicitors
Runners-up – Bhavesh Rana, Dina International and Dr Sharon Redrobe, Twycross Zoo

The People Development Award, sponsored by Leicester College

Winner – Pure Homecare
Runners-up – Nylacast and Scalford Hall Hotel

Best Use of Technology to Improve Business Performance, sponsored by the University of Leicester

Winner – Scalford Hall Hotel
Runner-up – Safe Screening

Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by the Greenbank Group

Winner – ICON
Runners-up – Pure Homescare and mi360 Virtual Tours

Education and Business Partnership, sponsored by East Midlands Chamber

Winner – Stephenson College

Business in the Community, sponsored by Samworth Brothers

Winner – Alltruck Plc
Runners-up – Highcross Leicester and Edward Hands and Lewis Solicitors

Business of the Year, sponsored by the Garrandale Group

Winner – Danaher & Walsh Group

Many thanks to all our Leicestershire Business Awards Sponsors
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