The “best of the best” were crowned at the City Region Business Awards.
A gala presentation evening at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield honoured 14 companies and individuals judged to be the first among winners’ from the five biggest business awards in the region.
Hundreds of people attended the black tie event including heads of Chambers of Commerce, industry leaders and senior figures from headline sponsors Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield Group. Tour de France hero Sir Gary Verity, boss of Welcome to Yorkshire, was the guest speaker.
It was the third year of the awards, which pull together winners from the Doncaster, Sheffield, Barnsley&Rotherham and East Midlands Chambers as well as the Derbyshire Times.
The judges included former sports minister and business champion Richard Caborn and a senior figure from each of the four chambers.
The Star editor, James Mitchinson, told guests: “I congratulate you for even being in the room tonight. In the near-two years I’ve been Editor of The Star and Telegraph I’ve seen first-hand the work ethic that the good people of South Yorkshire pride themselves upon, and which you demand of others. That you demand of me as guardian of your newspaper.
“Thank you to the judges, who had the unenviable task of selecting the winners.
“More than anything this should be a night where you say thank you to your teams. Without them, your businesses would not be what they are today.”
Customer Service: Westfield Health
Business Person: Jackie Neal, Abbey Forged Products
Young Business Person: Alistair Myers and Tom Lawson of Rafters Restaurant
CSR/Environment: Barnsley College
Skills/Apprentice/Training: Tom Matthews, Tata Steel
Manufacturing: Pryor Marking Technology
Start-Up: nuWorld Energy
Business of the Year: Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Retail/Leisure/Tourism: Patchwork Pig.
Professional Services: Azzure IT
Design & Innovation: Osborne Technologies
Small Business: Purpose Media
Overall Outstanding: Westfield Health.