MANY came, but a select few were chosen...
After months of anticipation the 15 winners of the third Star Business Awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony in Ponds Forge.
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More than 500 people from the world of business enjoyed a sumptuous evening of champagne, blue riband cuisine and informed comment from former Chancellor the Rt Hon Norman Lamont.
He was supported with quick fire humour and impersonations by Dead Ringers’ star Kevin Connelly.
Editor of The Star, Jeremy Clifford, welcomed guests to Ponds Forge and hailed the record number and quality of entries.
“A sign of a successful awards is that you attract more entries of higher quality and that the event grows in popularity.
“And I am delighted that we are able to celebrate those three achievements. We have had more entries, the judging was more difficult because of the calibre of those entries and, while we enjoyed our surroundings at City Hall last year, we have outgrown it and come to this fabulous venue to be able to accommodate everyone who wanted to come.
“We have plenty to celebrate, with the development of new technologies as well as the flourishing traditional industries that are being co-ordinated by the LEP.
“We are delighted tonight to share in that co-ordination with the introduction of a new regional business award, supported by all the Chambers within the City Region, recognising the best of the best from their individual awards nights.”
Heather MacDonald, chief executive of headline sponsors, The Sheffield College, said the awards marked the achievements of a diverse range of talented business people who were driving the regional economy.
The college is a vital cog in the region’s economic health, she added.
It is the largest training provider in the city and is home to a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. It is a lead sponsor of the forthcoming University Technical College which will train young people in engineering and creative media skills.
She added: “We are very proud of our legacy in Sheffield, namely our talented alumni who are making their names and forging ahead in a diverse range of sectors and contributing to the city’s success and reputation.”
And the winners are:
Top SME, Cafeology; Customer Service, Resolve IT; Community Award, Drive it Home; Digital Communications, Bigfoot Digital; Design and Innovation, Aquatina; Excellence in Manufacturing, Microblade; Environment Award, Refood UK; Business Start Up, Unity Law; Dealmakers, BHP.
Young Business Person, Mike Denby, The Source; Employer of the Year, B Braun Medical. Entrepreneur, Ananda Food - Amanda Townend. Busines Person of the Year, Anthony Hinchliffe; Retailer of the Year, Approved Food. City Region, Inspirepac.