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Joint Winners of Derbyshire Business of the Year

Penny Hydraulics Business of the YearThe Business of the Year accolade at last night’s East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire 2016 Awards was shared between Penny Hydraulics and HUUB Design.

Chesterfield-based Penny Hydraulics is a UK manufacturer of lifting equipment, with its own purpose-built premises housing a manufacturing and assembly plant.

It carries out all design, manufacturing, quality control, aftersales support and nationwide service operation from a central base.

The company entered the awards because it believed that by putting itself forward it would reap benefits and value beyond the trophy and title if lucky enough to win.

It said that being announced as a finalist had given the firm an immediate boost to workplace morale, which gave the company the ideal opportunity to recognise employees for their contribution to the business.

HUUB Business of the Year DesignDerby-based HUUB Design is best known for its innovative sportswear which helped Team GB achieve success at this year’s Olympics. It was also instrumental in bringing the Jenson Button Triathlon to Derby.

Receiving the awards, Robin Penny, Managing Director at Penny Hydraulics, said he was “proud to be associated with HUUB Design”. Dean Jackson, CEO at HUUB Design said he felt “fantastic” to be a winner.

The firms were among 11 to win awards at the gala dinner at Derby’s Roundhouse where the Chamber celebrated the strength and successes of businesses across Derby and Derbyshire.

Chamber President Jean Mountain said: “The Chamber’s congratulations go to all of this year’s winners. We had some really good 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 despite the surprise of the exit vote at the EU Referendum, we have some real success stories of Derbyshire businesses doing well. All of the finalists also deserve recognition for their success.

“Over the past 12 months, businesses in Derbyshire 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.”

Full List of Winners and Award Sponsors

Business Improvement through Technology – sponsored by RDS Global

  • Winner – Penny Hydraulics
  • Runners-up – Develop Training, Hardy Signs, HUUB Design and Spatial Global

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Mazars

  • Winner – Spatial Global
  • Runners-up – HL Plastics and Mitchells Chartered Accountants

Skills and Employability – sponsored by Blueprint Interiors

  • Winner – The William Allitt School
  • Runners-up – Derbyshire Education Business Partnership and NLT Training

The Social Impact Award – Sponsored by Investor in Community

  • Winner – Derby Museums
  • Runners-up – Chameleon School of Construction, Foundation Derbyshire, HUUB Design and Sarah Gatford

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Babington Group

  • Winner – Ben Fairbrother (The William Allitt School)
  • Runners-up – Jade Wilson (ACE Bookings) and Megan Morris (Sky Recruitment Solutions)

Excellence in International Trade - jointly sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals and DHL Express

  • Winner – Cathelco
  • Runners-up – Mirage Machines, Northern Lights and Spatial Global

Outstanding Growth Performance – sponsored by Economit

  • Winner – Purpose Media
  • Runners-up – Go Digital Print Derby, Ivy House Environmental and Sheds Ground Maintenance

Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Geldards

  • Winner – HUUB Design
  • Runners-up – Balls2Marketing, Central Technology, Derby Museums and Lucy Rennie Communications

Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by East Midlands Trains

  • Winner – Banner Jones Solicitors
  • Runners-up – Anoki and Fifteen

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by PKF Cooper Parry

  • Winner – Ross Cheesman (LURO Electrical Solutions)
  • Runners-up – Ed Hollands (The Advert Man) and Richard Sutton (Ivy House Entertainment)

Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce

  • Winner – Northern Lights
  • Runners-up – Evans Concrete and Penny Hydraulics

Joint Businesses of the Year – sponsored by Derby College

  • Penny Hydraulics and HUUB Design