The Star’s 2011 Business Awards

Clive Anderson will be the principal guest and main speaker at this year's Star Business Awards
Clive Anderson will be the principal guest and main speaker at this year's Star Business Awards
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THE Sheffield City Region’s pioneering businesses have just three days left to win recognition for their successes by entering the 2011 Star Business Awards.

The Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of the whole of the business community within the Sheffield City Region.

Lord Digby Jones speaking at the 2010 Star Business Awards. Picture Steve Parkin

Lord Digby Jones speaking at the 2010 Star Business Awards. Picture Steve Parkin

They will also, highlight the hard work and achievement of companies that are thriving despite the downturn, while also showcasing the skills, innovation and reputation for quality of the local business community on a global stage.

A total of 14 awards are up for grabs, including awards for individual entrepreneurs, new businesses, innovation and international success.

The awards also span the full range of local business activities – from manufacturing to the digital and IT sectors – and reflect the contribution business makes to local life, in terms of regeneration, wealth creation, environmental improvement and employment.

Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Sheffield City Hall in September, at which award winning TV presenter, stand up comedian and comedy writer Clive Anderson will be the guest of honour and principal speaker.

Details of the criteria for the individual awards are given below.

The Star Business Awards are open to any company with a principal trading address or registered office with one of the following post codes: S1-S79, S82-S99, DN1-DN13, DN23-DN30, DN38-DN39, DN41-DN99, DE45.

Companies can nominate themselves or clients for a Star Business Award by visiting the Awards website - - and downloading an entry form.

The completed form, together with any supporting information, should be sent to Emma Angell, Regional Promotions Manager, Sheffield Newspapers, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU, in an envelope marked Business Awards Entry, or emailed to or

Entries should arrive by the close of business on Friday, July 29, 2011.

BUSINESS PERSON AWARD Sponsor: Investec Wealth & Investment

Presented to the individual who has set an example of dedicated leadership and achievement within their own business, made a significant contribution to the business community or to the wider community through their efforts.

BUSINESS START UP AWARD Sponsor: Westfield Health

Presented to a business established within the last two years that is operating independently of any other business and can demonstrate that it has carried out sound and thorough research of its market, has a clear business strategy, leading to further development and growth, understands the demands placed on a growing business and is willing to seek and take advice.

COMMUNITY AWARD Sponsor: Wilbourn Associates

Presented to the voluntary and private sector partnership that has made the most notable demonstrable improvement to the quality of life of their local community, through the creative use of volunteer and financial resources.

DEALMAKERS AWARD Sponsor: Hill Dickinson Lawyers

Presented to the company team or individual from the corporate finance or professional advisers sector which has made a major contribution to the local economy through the volume, significance or complexity of deals completed during the last year.

The award may recognise activity by locally-based advisers outside the region and may also recognise success in the field of corporate recovery.

DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD Sponsorship Available

Presented to the individual or business that has developed an innovative product or process with the potential to generate significant income or global presence, increased productivity, business growth or job creation, found new markets and applications for a product or resulted in some other radical change.


Presented to the company that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to staff morale and wellbeing through engaging with its workforce by involving employees in the company’s development, keeping them abreast of what is happening within the business, training them so that they can contribute to the company’s success and ensuring their general health and wellbeing.

Consideration may be given to the proportion of turnover invested in training, involvement and wellbeing programmes, innovative strategies leading to improvements in company performance and step change improvements in overall morale.

ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Sponsor: University of Sheffield Management School

Presented to the individual who has an eye for a gap in the market and the drive and knowhow to exploit it and has demonstrated the ability to turn a bright business idea into a revenue-generating reality.

The successful nominee may have created or spun out their business and will be an example and an inspiration to those around them.


Presented to the business that has taken significant steps to care for the environment by promoting environmental improvements, reducing its own impact on the environment or helping others to reduce their impact on the environment.

Consideration may be given to the scale of any improvements, innovation, future potential, involvement of employees and the local community and impact on the local community.


Presented to the company that demonstrates a modern, efficient and innovative approach to manufacturing, including a commitment to the excellence and development of its products and services, reaching new markets, a track record for training and passing on skills to future generations and the desire to promote the region as a centre for manufacturing excellence.


Presented to the company that has demonstrated significant growth and development internationally, an understanding of its overseas markets and a strategy for further growth through international trade.

Consideration will also be given to the extent to which the business acts as an effective ambassador for the region and helps to forge links for other local businesses.

PROPERTY AWARD Sponsor: ask4

Presented to the company or individual that has made a significant contribution to the region’s regeneration or economic future through the development of sites or specific buildings or by attracting inward investment for specific projects.

RETAILER OF THE YEAR Sponsorship Available

Presented to the independent retailer who demonstrates high levels of day to day customer service and an innovative approach to growing their business. Consideration will be given to details of how the business has grown, plans that are in place for coming years and the retailer’s approach to branding and presentation.

TOP SME AWARD Sponsor: The P&A Partnership

Presented to a company with fewer than 250 employees, an annual turnover of less than £22.8 million and less than £11.4m gross assets that has demonstrated significant growth or innovation within its sector, has maintained a sound financial performance and has a clear plan for future development.


Presented to an individual under the age of 35 who displays a clear understanding of the business environment and the demands involved in running a business, demonstrates enthusiasm for the role and has the potential to become a significant contributor to the local business community.