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Chevin Fleet Solutions is Derbyshire Business of the Year

Chevin Fleet Solutions - Business of the YearA world-leader in fleet management software has taken top honours at the region’s most prestigious business awards.

Belper-based Chevin Fleet Solutions, which has staff in America, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, and, most recently, Jordan, and distribution agents in Africa, won the Business of the Year accolade at last night’s East Midlands Chamber* Derbyshire Business Awards.

The firm’s software is used in fleet management in more than 180 countries. Customers range from UK councils and ambulance services to the International Red Cross, UNHCR, New York State and the Kenya Police - monitoring data for more than one million vehicles around the globe.

The software has helped the efficiency of hundreds of companies worldwide and has saved clients tens of thousands of pounds.

Receiving the award, the initial reaction of Ashley Sowerby, founder and Managing Director, was: “I’m gobsmacked, absolutely gobsmacked.”

He later added: “Mine is a 27-year-old business. We have grown throughout that time from, quite literally my parents’ kitchen table to global success, but keeping our roots local to Derby.

“I am amazed at the quality of the businesses at these awards tonight and absolutely delighted, personally and for my team, to have won the Business of the Year award. I’m gobsmacked.”

The company was one of 12 to win an award last night (Friday 8 September), as the Chamber celebrated the strength and success of businesses across Derby and Derbyshire.

To qualify as a contender for the supreme accolade of Business of the Year, Chevin Fleet Solutions had already won the Excellence in International Trade award.

Chamber President Geoff Poyzer said: “The Chamber’s congratulations go to all of this year’s winners. We had some really good entries and the judging process, as it is every year, was extremely tough, but all the winning businesses thoroughly deserve their success.

“The standard of competition was extremely high, which clearly shows that despite the political and economic uncertainties of Brexit and a General Election resulting in a minority Government, we have some real success stories about Derbyshire businesses doing very well. All of the finalists deserve recognition for their success.

“Over the past 12 months, businesses in Derbyshire have been busy keeping calm and carrying on investing, innovating, exporting and growing. These awards are testament to the quality of the businesses we have in this city and county and I applaud each and every one of them.”

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*East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

The full list of winners and award sponsors is as follows:

Business Improvement through Technology:
Sponsor: Greendog
Winner: Hardy Signs
Runners-up: Chevin Fleet Solutions, Picsolve International

Community Impact Award:
Sponsor: Futures Housing Group
Winner: Cosy Direct
Runners-up: Derby Museums, Hodgkinson Builders, Sarah Gatford

Outstanding Growth Award:
Sponsor: East Midlands Airport
Winner: Fifteen Design
Runners-up: ChargedEV, Chevin Fleet Solutions, DG Light Haulage, Purpose Media

Marketing Campaign of the Year Award:
Sponsor: Kemps Publishing
Winner: Purpose Media
Runners-up: DrivenMedia, Koobr, Tidyco

Commitment to People development Award:
Sponsor: PKF Cooper Parry
Winner: Talk Staff Group
Runners-up: Fujichem Sonneborn, Sky Recruitment Solutions

Apprentice of the Year:
Sponsor: Babington Group
Winner: Zachary Beer – Hodgkinson Bricklaying Contractors
Runners-up: Bria Kiely – Buxton and Leek College, Tom Lacey – Mercia Image Print, George Faulkner – Peak Sensors, Ollie Henderson – Purpose Media

Entrepreneur of the Year:
Sponsor: Shredall SDS Group
Winner: Mohammed Suleman – Derby Museums
Highly commended: Caroline Hopkinson - Emerald Accountancy
Runners-up: Sarah Stevenson – Astute Recruitment, Mark Pymm – ChargedEV, Matt Wheatcroft – Purpose Media

Education and Business Partnership Award:
Sponsor: Blueprint Interiors
Winner: R.E.A.L Education
Highly commended: Derby College
Runner-up: Skills for Careers

Excellence in Customer Service:
Sponsor: The Money Shop
Winner: Bright Side Vets
Runners-up: Banner Jones Solicitors, Fujichem Sonneborn, Geldards’ Family Team, trentbarton

Excellence in International Trade:
Sponsor: Greenbank
Winner: Chevin Fleet Solutions
Runners-up: Global Brands, Picsolve International

Small Business of the Year:
Sponsor: Geldards
Winner: Bright Side Vets
Runners-up: Bowers Electricals, DG Light Haulage, Frame Fast UK, Tidyco

Manufacturer of the Year:
Sponsor: Rolls-Royce
Winner: Frame Fast UK
Runners-up: Bowers Electricals, Mercia Image Print

Business of the Year:
Sponsor: Mazars
Winner: Chevin Fleet Solutions