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DB Automation and Premier Bowl Feeders named Leicestershire Business of the Year as Chamber’s awards night goes virtual

DB Automation and Premier Bowl Feeders, sister companies at the cutting edge of automation technology, have been crowned the Leicestershire Business of the Year by East Midlands Chamber.

The firms, based at Wycliffe Industrial Estate in Lutterworth, were recognised with the top honour, as well as the Excellence in International Trade award, at the Leicestershire Business Awards last night (Thursday 19 November).

DB Automation manufactures bespoke automation systems for the pharmaceutical, medical and ocular sectors, while Premier Bowl Feeders produces feeding solutions for automation machinery.

It’s the latest recognition for the businesses after their parent company PCE Group received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade earlier this year following a rapid rise in its export operation across mainland Europe, North America, and Central and South America.

The Leicestershire Business Awards, headline sponsored by Mazars, recognised winners across 13 categories, ranging from Outstanding Growth and Innovation in Manufacturing within an organisation to individual honours for Entrepreneur of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

This year’s event featured two new categories in the Environmental Impact Award, launched as part of the Chamber’s new Sustainable East Midlands campaign, and the Generation Next – Young Professional of the Year Award to mark the new Generation Next network for the region’s future leaders.

Finalists, chosen by a judging panel from 220 entries across the region, discovered their fate during a virtual awards ceremony hosted by BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Frances Finn.

The event, broadcast live via YouTube, had been pre-recorded at ‘AV IT Media’s studio in Derby, with finalists asked to send in their “reaction” videos.

There was a double screening of DB Automation and Premier Bowl Feeders’ winning video, featuring a “Mexican wave” office celebration from staff, after the company was selected from the 13 category winners to scoop the Leicestershire Business of the Year title.

Leicester businesses have suffered more than most, says Chamber

Scott Knowles, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “Clearly, 2020 has been full of new experiences for us all and this is certainly not how we expected this year’s event would be held when we launched back in February, but like many things over the course of the past eight months, just because things are different, it doesn’t mean they’re any less special.

“There is so much to celebrate within our business community, which has really shone through during what has been a very challenging period for many. It’s fair to say the people and businesses of Leicestershire have suffered more than most, with Leicester being the first city placed into local lockdown at the end of June – and many of those restrictions continuing to this day.

“Throughout this time, there have been some incredible examples of real business success. We’ve been in awe at how many companies haven’t just stood still and clung on for their lives, but have continued to innovate and grow their way through the crisis.

“We are in the middle of an economic recovery and these are just the kinds of businesses we should be highlighting when we’re shouting about everything the East Midlands has to offer. We know it’s a great place to do business and these are living proof.

“All of this could not be possible without our sponsors. In 2020, their support has been especially huge, and it means a lot that they have stood alongside us in these strangest of times.”

The awards were the first of East Midlands Chamber’s three Business Awards across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to be held over the coming weeks.

Chamber president Dawn Edwards, a past winner of the Nottinghamshire Entrepreneur of the Year Award, added: “East Midlands Chamber’s Business Awards showcase the very best of businesses in the region. Many of us have heard distinctions and comparisons made between the three counties, but there’s a lot more that brings us together than divides us.

“There is innovation, resilience, fortitude, pride and generosity in everyone in our region, and it is the latter which means that whichever of the three counties you are in, there is an overwhelming sense of community.

“The tales of resilience and honesty in some of the submissions we received for the awards was truly humbling and show that the key to business success is more about overcoming setbacks, and learning from them, as it is about luck. That and a great deal of hard work and dogged determination, of course.

“The platform and promotional opportunities that come with winning at the Business Awards are wonderful, but the sense of pride and feelgood factor – not just for the recipient but for their team, supply chain and their customers – is equally, if not more, important.”

For more information on the Leicestershire Business Awards, visit www.emc-dnl.co.uk/businessawards/leicestershire/. To watch the event playback, click here.

 

Winners of Leicestershire Business Awards – headline sponsored by Mazars

Business Improvement through Technology – Sponsored by Meridian Digital Solutions and Mosaic 1898

Winner

Spark Academy

 

Finalists

Ktech Suspension

Kudos Technology

LRB Consulting

TXTSYNC

 

Community Impact Award – Sponsored by emh group

Winner

Mosaic 1898

 

Finalists

Access Rating

Charity Link

Duncan & Toplis

Shama Women’s Centre

 

Outstanding Growth Award – Sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Winner

QDTS Construction

 

Finalists

Micro-Fresh

The Lettings & Sales Business

 

Generation Next – Young Professional of the Year Award – Sponsored by The Lettings & Sales Business

Winner

Lee Tomes – Orange Fox Studios

 

Finalists

Kieran Lake - Octagon Facilities Management

Warren Doyle - TXTSYNC

Rubina Lokat - PrintPrint

Scarlett Tinsley – Eileen Richards Recruitment

 

Environmental Impact Award – Sponsored by RSM

Winner

Octopus Energy

 

Finalists

Go Travel Solutions

Soar Valley Press

 

Commitment to People Development – Sponsored by De Montfort University Castle Business School

Winner

Leicestershire Cares

 

Finalists

Creative 62

Noble Events

Penny Price Aromatherapy

QDTS Construction

 

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Loughborough College

Winner

Pippa Culverwell – Soar Valley Press

 

Finalists

Nicola Kenney – DHL Aviation UK

Steffan Beange – emh group

 

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Business Festival

Winner

Byron Dixon – Micro-Fresh

 

Finalists

Parvez Bhatty – Leicester Children's Holidays

Mark Jackson – M J Products

Stewart Vandermark – Nelsons

Mital Thanki – Spark Academy

 

Education and Business Partnership Award – Sponsored by Blueprint Interiors

Winner

South Charnwood High School

 

Finalists

De Montfort University – DMU Works Enterprise

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership

Loughborough College

 

Excellence in Customer Service – Sponsored by ER Recruitment

Winner

Sanjay Foods

 

Finalists

Blueprint Interiors

Creative 62

Due Diligence Checking

Penny Price Aromatherapy

 

Excellence in International Trade – Sponsored by Connect 4 Group

Winner

DB Automation and Premier Bowl Feeders

 

Finalists

Happy Pet Products

Micro-Fresh

Penny Price Aromatherapy

 

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by PPL PRS

Winner

Fusion Electrics

 

Finalists

Blueprint Interiors

Spark Academy

QDTS Construction

Evolve IT Consulting

 

Innovation in Manufacturing – Sponsored by Metalfacture

Winner

Penny Price Aromatherapy

 

Finalist

Clarks Cycle Systems

 

Leicestershire’s Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Mazars

DB Automation and Premier Bowl Feeders

 

Watch the Leicestershire Business Awards 2020

 

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