The Sheffield Business Awards: an evening of celebrations

Hundreds of local businesses gathered at Ponds Forge last Thursday for one of the biggest nights in South Yorkshire, the Sheffield Business Awards, organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

The room was dazzling with pink and blue lights, the champagne was poured, and everyone was waiting to hear who had won.

BBC Breakfast presenter, Dan Walker hosted the night which saw a range of awards presented to organisations and individuals in recognition of their dedication, work and commitment to excellence in business.

Business Person of the Year, Employer of the Year and Excellence in International Trade are just some of the categories celebrated on the night.

Each shortlist was reviewed by a panel of expert judges who thoroughly deliberated each entry to decide who should be crowned for their excellence.

The night started with show-stopping performances from Paul Ashley and Strictly world-class dancers Ben Jones and Katie Williams. They also had the chance to bid for some incredible memorabilia at a silent auction before the announcement of the winners.

Twinkl Educational Publishing swept up the awards, winning Outstanding Business of the Year, Employer of the Year and Excellence in International Trade. Twinkl Educational Publishing has grown from two staff in 2010 to well over 400 in 2018. Operating in over 160 countries, Twinkl provides innovative teaching resources to millions of people across the world.

The company has achieved revenue of £7.4 million from international markets which accounts for 20% of the company’s overall revenue. Above all this, Twinkl Educational Publishing offer a great working culture and a supportive development programme for its employees.

Sheffield Theatres took the award for Best Contributor to the Sheffield Visitor Experience. Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre organisation outside London, consisting of the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio. Offering world-class live theatre productions, sports and workshops, Sheffield Theatres attracts over 400,000 people each year.

Last year’s winners of this award, Doc/Fest said that “it was great to feel the love of local organisations and partners expressing their congratulations both at the event and online. We were thrilled to be able to announce the news of our Best Contributor to Sheffield Visitor Experience award with our networks, especially on our own social media channels and in our festival reports.”

SME of the year went to Fernite of Sheffield Ltd. They are an innovative UK machine knife manufacturing business.

For their work with using ethical materials, reducing waste, using cleaner transport and recycling, Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens won the award for Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility.

SleepCogni won the Innovation award for their remote patient monitoring and behavioural therapy to support sleep clinicians.

The Marketing and Communications award went to VOW Europe Ltd for their exceptional marketing campaigns throughout 2018.

MGB Plastics won the award for Excellence in Manufacturing. MGB are the market leader in wheeled bin manufacturing and they embrace an idea of continuous improvement and innovative designs while remaining committed to sustainability by having a recycling plant on-site.  

Shorts Charted Accountants took the title of Excellence in Professional Services due to their sustained growth of over 20% each year since 2014, supported by excellent business management and future business planning.

Large Business of the Year went to Bluetree Group for achieving a 38.4% growth over the last year. Winners of last year’s award, SXC group said “The win was covered both locally and nationally in the trade press, and plenty of customers noticed our social media activity afterwards.

But it’s more than a quick hit – winning the award gives our staff something special to bring up in conversations with new prospects. It’s something that will continue to add value over the next few years.”

David Capper, CEO at Westfield Health won Business Person of the Year due to his commitment to leading the organisation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of lives for customers and their communities.

High Growth Business of the Year was won by LabLogic Group Holdings Ltd. The company has shown significant growth over a sustained period, growing turnover from £3 million to £14.5 million over the last decade.

Tutorful won the Sheffield Universities Entrepreneurship Award. Tutorful is the UK’s leading tuition provider and has delivered half a million lessons to students across the UK.

Gordon Bridge from AES Engineering was awarded the Special Recognition award. Gordon Bridge was appointed Master Cutler in 2007 and launching the Master Cutler’s Challenge. Gordon has played a huge part in supporting the Master Cutler’s Challenge which is an institution set up to encourage businesses to raise money for charities. To date, 550 business have signed up and in total raise £1.8 million for local charities.

The challenge is to transform a £50 investment from Master Cutler’s into as much fundraising as possible for a chosen charity.

As proud sponsor of the Sheffield Business Awards for the 9th year, it’s been another fantastic opportunity to celebrate with the local businesses.

CEO Greg Parkinson said: “Once again, the Sheffield Business Awards shines a light on the ever-growing and diversifying business community in South Yorkshire – many of whom we are proud to work alongside as their dedicated recruitment partner.

A highlight of the regional business calendar and for the team at Elevation, this prestigious event recognises and rewards Sheffield businesses and their impact on Yorkshire’s flourishing economy.”



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