Shortlisted firms shoot for glory

The judges had all done their homework and there was some serious debate - but eventually they agreed on a shortlist for The Star Small Business Awards.

Friday, 5th July 2019, 5:29 pm

Representatives from our five sponsors attended a judging session at The Star’s headquarters - and knuckled down until the job was done. Now, 37 firms in 10 categories go forward for a chance of glory at this year’s ceremony on Wednesday July 17 at Virgin Money Lounge in the city centre.

The paper established the contest to celebrate Sheffield’s unsung economic heroes. The contenders are drawn from the hundreds of firms we write about each year and those who put themselves forward after the inaugural awards in 2018.

The Star managing editor Rob Hollingworth said: “The judges had obviously done their research and were really thorough. They were impressed by the variety of entries and the quality of our small businesses. The shortlisted companies fully deserve the spotlight.”

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Back: Coun Mazher Iqbal, Sam Newton, Jack Stratten and Rob Cooke. Front: Joan Binns, Rob Hollingworth and Philip Watkinson.

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