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Bloc Digital is the Chamber’s Derbyshire Business of the Year

A specialist in the creation and re-use of digital information has won the Chamber’s Derbyshire Business of the Year Award 2019.

Established in 2000, Derby-based Bloc Digital is split into four complementary disciplines of modelling, animation, development and web.

As a leader in the use of digital technology in industry, it produces innovative, immersive, digital solutions - Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), web and mobile - for many companies globally, while constantly evaluating new hardware and software, enabling it to pioneer future solutions development techniques.

Receiving the award from Mazars, the headline sponsor of the Chamber’s Business Awards 2019, Bloc Digital Director Keith Cox said: “We entered the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards to gain recognition for what our team is doing.

“We are so busy day to day that it is amazing to stop and see that people appreciate and acknowledge what we do. We are absolutely delighted to win this award.”

The company was one of 13 to win an award on the night, as the Chamber celebrated the strength and successes of businesses across Derby and Derbyshire.

To qualify as a contender for the supreme accolade of Business of the Year, Bloc Digital had already won the Business Improvement through Technology award earlier in the evening.

Chamber President Kevin Harris said: “One of the main privileges of being Chamber President is being able to address and celebrate the crème de la crème of our region’s businesses at the Business Awards.

“Taking part in the Chamber’s Business Awards, the only local awards to offer winners the chance to go on to compete on a regional and national stage at the British Chambers of Commerce Awards, encourages an organisation to look closely at what they do best.

“Making it through to the final is cause for celebration in itself and whether you get that far or walk off with the ultimate crown, you should shout about that success and proclaim to the world that yours is one of the best businesses out there.”


Winners (in blue) and finalists:


Business Improvement through Technology - Sponsored by Purpose Media

Bloc Digital

Scenariio Intelligent Infrastructures

Bowmer and Kirkland


Community Impact Award - Sponsored by Derby University

RDS Global

BASF Alfreton

Purpose Media


SENDS Support


Outstanding Growth Award - Sponsored by Growth Partners

Capita Travel and Events

DEBP –Derbyshire Education Business Partnership

Sage Comms

West Road Haulage

Wildgoose Construction


Business Venue of the Year - Sponsored by Rhodes Wealth Management 

Devonshire Dome – Conference and Events

Makeney Hall Hotel

The Derby Conference Centre

Derby College Group Roundhouse Events


Commitment to People Development Award - Sponsored by Work Wallet

Air IT

Hilton St George’s Park

Futures Housing Group

The Orange Tree day Nursery Group

Talk Staff


Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Learning Unlimited

Kulraj Singh Johal - EEM

Roxy Kern - EEM

Jess Frearson – Future proof Films

Zique Woodward - Liberate IT Services

Autumn Parkinson - Sky Recruitment Solutions


Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by The Alternative Board

Jillian Thomas – Future Life Wealth Management

Simon Rice – HSG UK

Amanda Strong – Mercia Image Print

Carla Garey - Saffron Event and Venue Caterers

Lloyd Taylor – Thinktaps


Education and Business Partnership Award - Sponsored by RDS Global

BASF Alfreton

Chesterfield College Group

Made in Chesterfield


Excellence in Customer Service - Sponsored by DPI UK

Air IT


Capita Travel and Events

Purpose Media

The Accountancy Recruitment Group


Excellence in International Trade - Sponsored by HSBC

Bowmer Bond

Midland Lead



Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by Central Occupational Health


Nexsis Communication

Rhodes Wealth Management

Tec4 Lubricants

Timms Solicitors


Manufacturer of the Year - Sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Hardy Signs

HL Plastics

Work Wallet


E-Commerce Business of the Year - Sponsored by DHL

Divine Box

Healthy Stuff Online

World of Power.co.uk.


Business of the Year - Sponsored by Mazars

Bloc Digital