After a successful launch last year, the City Region Business Awards returned last night with more entries, more excitement and – for the winners – more prestige than before.
For the event 72 winners from the region’s six biggest business awards went head to head in 13 categories reflecting the priorities of business today.
And reflecting the soaring importance of social media, the night featured a big screen with a live twitter feed following the hashtag #CityRegionAwards.
It allowed everyone there – and those who weren’t – to comment and interact with proceedings.
The screen crackled with congratulations while followers around the world learned the news in a flash.
This year’s awards had an apprentice theme and featured Nick Hewer, co-star of the hit BBC1 show.
BBC Look North presenter Clare Frisby was host.
She said: “The skills/apprentice/training award demonstrates the importance of the sector and includes several companies that have gone the extra mile for staff – and several employees who have strived to better themselves.”
She also thanked the judges who freely gave their time to perform a difficult task.
They were former sports minister and now business champion Richard Caborn, inward investment director at the Local Enterprise Partnership, Ellen Cutler, Sipra Deb, founder of The Play Arena and the first City Region business person of the year and Keith Starr, assistant principal at The Sheffield College.
She said: “On behalf of the organisers I’d like to say a huge thank you to tonight’s sponsors. Without them, events like this would not be possible.”