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P R Marriott Drilling named Derbyshire Business of the Year in final night of Chamber's 2020 Business Awards

P R Marriott Drilling's team celebrating success at the Derbyshire Business Awards in a pre-recorded video

P R Marriott Drilling, the UK’s largest onshore deep drilling company, has been crowned the Derbyshire Business of the Year by East Midlands Chamber.

The Chesterfield-based firm was recognised with the top honour, as well as the Excellence in International Trade award, at the Derbyshire Business Awards last night (Thursday 3 December).

It operates more than 25 drilling and workover rigs, as well as providing drilling and associated services to industries including oil, gas and geothermal in the UK, Europe and other international markets.

The Derbyshire 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 P R Marriott Drilling’s winning video, featuring its employees applauding on a staircase, after the company was selected from the 13 category winners to scoop the Derbyshire Business of the Year title.

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. 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 marked the culmination of East Midlands Chamber’s three Business Awards across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire held over recent weeks.

Chamber president Dawn Edwards, a past winner of the Nottinghamshire Entrepreneur of the Year Award, added: “East Midlands Chamber’s Business Awards showcases 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 Derbyshire Business Awards, visit www.emc-dnl.co.uk/businessawards/derbyshire/.

 

Winners of Derbyshire Business Awards – headline sponsored by Mazars

Business Improvement through Technology – Sponsored by Purpose Media

Winner

Healthy Stuff

 

Finalists

Bloc Digital

Derby Swap Shop

Insight Finance Solutions

Strengths Director Coaching

 

Community Impact Award – Sponsored by University of Derby

Winner

Investors in Community

 

Finalists

Geeks Headquarters

Wathall’s

 

Outstanding Growth Award – Sponsored by Amazon

Winner

Bloc Digital

 

Finalists

Cosy

Scenariio

think3

West Road Haulage

 

Generation Next – Young Professional of the Year Award – Sponsored by University of Derby

Winner

Daniel Nikolla – Hardy Signs

 

Finalists

Christopher Monk – Monkey vs Owl

Tom Ward – Wytech

 

Environmental Impact Award – Sponsored by Futures Housing Group

Winner

3rd Rock

 

Finalists

Longcliffe Group

MVIS

Shed Grounds Maintenance

Tec 4 Lubricants

 

Commitment to People Development – Sponsored by DCG

Winner

Rhodes Wealth Management

 

Finalists

DBC Training

HSG

MVIS

UK Asbestos Training Association

 

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by GBS Apprenticeships

Winner

Cerys Addis – DHU Health Care

 

Finalist

Ranica Brown – Bloc Digital

 

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by ActionCOACH Derby

Winner

Peter Botham - Shed Grounds Maintenance

 

Finalists

Jillian Thomas – Future Life Wealth Management

Nik Hardy – Hardy Signs

Anne Ashman – MVIS

Joe Burns – Reformed IT

 

Education and Business Partnership Award – Sponsored by RDS Global

Winner

Embark Federation

 

Finalists

Access Training

Derby High School

 

Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Aston Lark

Winner

Home Instead Senior Care Chesterfield

 

Finalists

Anoki Derby

DHU (111) East Midlands CIC

Futures Housing Group

Rhodes Wealth Management

 

Excellence in International Trade – Sponsored by Midlands Connect

Winner

P R Marriott Drilling

 

Finalists

Adshead Ratcliffe & Co

KJB Consulting (Global)

 

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Jisp

Winner

Shed Grounds Maintenance

 

Finalists

Healthy Stuff

The Accountancy Recruitment Group

think3

West Road Haulage

 

Innovation in Manufacturing – Sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Winner

Composite Braiding

 

Finalist

Bartco UK

 

Derbyshire’s Business of the Year 2020 – Sponsored by Mazars

P R Marriott Drilling

 

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