SHEFFIELD BUSINESS AWARDS: Why we’re headline sponsor of Business Awards for eighth year

Lee Bhandal, left, and Greg Parkinson of Elevation Recruitment Group
Lee Bhandal, left, and Greg Parkinson of Elevation Recruitment Group
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One company knows better than most what winning a Sheffield Business Award means to entrants and the region - Elevation Recruitment Group, which has been headline sponsor for eight years in a row.

It demonstrates a company’s ability to create jobs and markets, and excellence in a specific sector, and helps put Sheffield on the map.

Sheffield Business Awards

Sheffield Business Awards

But if you want a tilt at the title don’t delay. The closing date for entries is September 4. Apply now at: on the awards website here

Greg Parkinson, founder and chief executive of Elevation Recruitment Group, said: “We are proud to be headline sponsor of the Sheffield Business Awards 2017 for the eighth consecutive year and to help recognise the immense talent, innovation and ambition within the Sheffield City Region.

“Against a backdrop of uncertainty with Brexit, ongoing EU negotiations and the recent General Election, we have seen our region continue to thrive, with established companies expanding, existing businesses choosing to relocate here and new enterprises setting up shop in the city to take advantage of everything that Sheffield has to offer.

“Here at Elevation we get to witness these success stories every day as companies look to our team of highly experienced recruiters to source the right people to drive forward their business and support its future growth. That’s why we are delighted to be a part of the Sheffield Business Awards once again and to help celebrate the achievements of the many organisations who call this city home.

“We know from sponsoring the event in previous years just how much it means to both the winners and those who are shortlisted, to have their accomplishments recognised at such a prestigious event. It is a fantastic opportunity for the individual companies who enter, and the Sheffield City Region as a whole, to showcase the calibre of businesses that are based here.

“Whether you want to demonstrate your company’s ability to create new markets, its excellence in a specific sector or its capacity to generate new jobs, by entering the 2017 Sheffield Business Awards you will not only help to underline the dynamism of organisations across the region, but also to put Sheffield firmly on the map as a city that generates success stories.”

The awards ceremony is on Thursday, December 7, in the International Hall at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

There are 15 categories, including Outstanding Business of the Year into which all shortlisted companies are automatically entered.

Now in its 16th year, it is organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. The Star is media partner.

The awards are free to enter and open to any business with an ‘S’ postcode.

This year’s ceremony includes a drinks reception, three-course meal, celebrity host and entertainment.

Enter now and you could be heading for the stage with applause ringing in your ears.

Go to the awards website to enter.

The deadline is September 4.


Headline Sponsor - Elevation Recruitment Group

Drinks Reception Sponsor: Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Awards and sponsors

* The Vine Hotels Special Recognition Award

* The Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award

* The Shorts Chartered Accountants Business Person of the Year

* The Sheffield College Employer of the Year

* The Lupton Fawcett Innovation Award

* The Sheffield Business School SME of the Year

* Best Contribution to Sheffield Visitor Experience, sponsored by Meadowhall

* High Growth Business of the Year, sponsored by SIV

* Excellence in International Trade

* Excellence in Professional Services sponsored by Together

* The Evoluted Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility

* Marketing and Communications Award

* The Simm Engineering Group Large Business of the Year

* The Sheffield Universities Enterprise Award - Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield

* The City Taxis Outstanding Business of the Year

Enter on the awards website here.


Credibility, new business, top notch PR, a higher profile, a pat on the back for staff - the benefits of a business awards win are many.

Here is the view of three victors from last year.

“Winning the Business in the Community Award helped give us extra credibility in the local community among individuals and businesses alike – it has helped us to be regarded as a serious contributor and added value to our offer of ‘fair and ethical, financial services for all’. More people are now taking advantage of our safe savings and affordable loans,” according to Daniel Musson, senior officer at Sheffield Credit Union.

Bhayani HR & Employment Law won excellence in professional services.

Boss Jay Bhayani said: “Winning was a fantastic achievement for us. The recognition helped with our firm’s credibility and we have picked up new clients as a result. It was also a boost for our team, endorsing the hard work and dedication we put in to getting the best results for our clients.”

Developer Jerry Cheung is the man behind the £65million New Era ‘Chinatown’ development in Sheffield.

He said: “I feel very honoured to have received the special recognition award last year. It is the first business award we have received so it holds a lot of meaning to me.

“New Era is quite a new company on the Sheffield business scene, so it’s great to find out how much people appreciate what we’re doing here.

“The award has definitely given us a morale boost because this is the business community welcoming us and saying a big ‘yes’ to the Chinatown project.”

Enter on the awards website here.


Sheffield Chamber operations team along with the 2016 judges have this year reviewed the titles and detail of each award category to ensure they continue to remain fit for purpose and represent businesses of all sizes and sectors.

This year’s judges are Lloyd Snellgrove, director at the Research and Innovation Office Sheffield Hallam University, Ian Proctor, head of external relations The University of Sheffield Management School, Jillian Thomas, managing director Future Life Wealth Management, Alan Lyons, business development manager The Grey Matter Group and Anne Wilson, managing director Numill Tooling Solutions.

Jillian Thomas said: “Nearly eight years ago, I entered the New Business Award. I didn’t think I stood a chance to be shortlisted. The win was the making of my business, a platform that we have progressed from and never looked back. This could be you – please, make sure it is you.”

Lloyd Snellgrove said: “There has probably never been a time when the annual business awards have been so important. With uncertainty gripping the economic and political scene the awards help identify rising stars of business, ambitious and inspiring companies and individuals providing the leadership and direction to ensure we become a greater city and nation. “

Anne Wilson said: “Spreading the word far and wide about what great businesses and talent we have in our region is vitally important. And we’re not always that good at it. Business awards are a ‘shop window’ for firms to showcase themselves and gain great publicity. Be proud, shout loud!”

Enter on the awards website here.

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