Saturday, 16 September 2017
Abacus Lighting - Nottinghamshire Business of the Year
A company that sells large-scale lighting solutions around the world has won the top honours at the region’s most prestigious business awards.
Abacus Lighting, which designs, builds, installs and maintains lighting systems for roads, rail depots, airports, industrial premises and sports stadia, took the Business of the Year accolade at the Chamber's Nottinghamshire Business Awards.
Working from concept to creation and aftersales maintenance, Abacus Lighting’s specialist in-house teams work hard to ensure that every project exceeds customer expectations.
It has dedicated and experienced teams, working in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia and Oceania as well as in the UK.
Receiving the award from sponsor Mazars, Managing Director Camilla Wigmore said: “I’m very proud to receive this on behalf of the company. It’s a great accolade to get this award in our 40th year of Chamber membership and for a company that’s been in existence for 60 years. I thank you on behalf of everyone at Abacus.”
The company was one of 12 to win an award last night (Friday 15 September), as the Chamber celebrated the strength and successes of businesses across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
To qualify as a contender for the supreme accolade of Business of the Year, Sutton-in-Ashfield-based Abacus Lighting had already scooped 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 of Nottinghamshire businesses doing very well. All of the finalists deserve recognition for their success.
“Over the past 12 months, businesses in Nottinghamshire 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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The full list of winners and award sponsors is as follows:
Business Improvement through Technology:
Winner: Hallam Internet
Runners-up: Forsyth Barnes, Shredall SDS Group, Solutions for Accounting, Total Integrated Solutions
Community Impact Award:
Winner: Nottingham Forest Community Trust
Runners-up: Hosta Consulting, The Ear Foundation, The Money Shop
Outstanding Growth Award:
Sponsor: Ryley Wealth Management
Winner: Icon Aerospace Technology
Runners-up: BWB Consulting, Forsyth Barnes, The Workplace Depot, Tommy Tucker
Marketing Campaign of the Year Award:
Sponsor: Kemps Publishing
Runners-up: Rothera Sharp Solicitors, The Dairy
Commitment to People development Award:
Sponsor: Total Jobs
Winner: Duncan & Toplis
Highly commended: Forsyth Barnes
Runners-up: BWB Consulting, North Midland Construction, Recart
Apprentice of the Year:
Sponsor: Nottingham College
Winner: George Dennis - Solutions for Accounting
Runners-up: Lauren Lynch – Aspire Achieve Advance, Zak Walker – Aspire Achieve Advance, Sophie Wise – Fidler & Pepper Solicitors, Belinda Clarke – Hopkins Solicitors
Entrepreneur of the Year:
Sponsor: Shredall SDS Group
Winner: Scott Parsons - Forsyth Barnes
Runners-up: John Morley – I-Sourcer, Florentyna Watkin – ZMU
Education and Business Partnership Award:
Sponsor: The Careers & Enterprise Company
Winner: Trent Academies Group
Runners-up: bksb, Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, R.E.A.L Education
Excellence in Customer Service:
Sponsor: Edward Hands & Lewis
Runners-up: Agilitas, Shredall SDS Group, Westville, Your IT Department
Excellence in International Trade:
Winner: Abacus Lighting
Runners-up: Agilitas, Micro-Mesh Filtration, Recart
Small Business of the Year:
Sponsor: Nottingham Trent University
Runners-up: Agilitas, Hallam Internet, Recart, Yu Energy
Manufacturer of the Year:
Sponsor: Potter Clarkson
Winner: A1 Flue Systems
Runners-up: Natgraph, North Midland Construction
Business of the Year:
Winner: Abacus Lighting
Close runner-up: Natgraph