AND the winner is…
After months of anticipation the 14 winners of the second annual Star Business Awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony hosted by Clive Anderson last night.
Leading lights from the world of journalism, law, commerce, finance, digital and manufacturing enjoyed a sumptuous evening of champagne, blue riband cuisine and quick-fire humour.
Editor of The Star Jeremy Clifford welcomed guests to the sold out, 400-capacity event at the City Hall Ballroom and hailed the winners ‘the best of the best’.
He added: “For centuries Sheffield has played a key role in the nation’s economy – and the region stepped up again this year when manufacturing emerged as our best route out of recession.
“But while still strong in traditional industries, it is the diversity and quality of sectors and businesses that sets the Sheffield city region apart.
“Any shortlisted firm in the Star Business Awards is exceptional, but to be in such a position after three years of tough times is truly remarkable.
“A winner among such competition can truly claim to be the best of the best – as exemplified by Dr Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Forgemasters and winner of the business person of the year award.
“He took on the firm when it was in dire straits and led a management team that has seen it bounce back, while facing some of the most brutal competition from world markets.
“It is now a company that carries the name of Sheffield proudly around the world.”
Andrea Cropley, of headline sponsors Nabarro, said: “We are proud to be headline sponsors of the Star Business Awards and it was a privilege to be exposed to the entrants in the competition.
“Our region’s businesses are creating jobs, growing, trading internationally and are clearly ambitious. The awards were a chance to applaud and celebrate this success and to encourage other businesses to aspire to these standards. This is why the awards are so important – we must recognise success. We must enthuse and spur our region’s businesses to do even greater things and shout about their achievements at every opportunity. The winners and shortlisted companies should be extremely proud of their achievements.
“We are proud to work in a region that has a strong industrial heritage and one that has an exciting future, rich in innovation and creativity”.
Attendees enjoyed a four-course meal before being entertained by impersonator Kevin Connelly, who made his name on Dead Ringers, and headline act Clive Anderson, who gave a 15-minute off the cuff speech.
Clive said: “I’m honoured to attend tonight and play a role in celebrating the very best in business in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
“This impressive event is a fitting tribute to the companies and individuals who are upholding the region’s reputation for innovation, wealth creation and sheer hard work.”
Kevin, who attended the inaugural Star Business Awards last year, said he was delighted to be asked back.
He said: “I’ve been working in this business for nearly 20 years and it’s always a pleasure to return to South Yorkshire and experience such a warm welcome.”