Look North Harry '˜privileged' to host Sheffield Business Awards again

Look North legend Harry Gration MBE has spoken of the '˜honour and privilege' of being involved in the Sheffield Business Awards again this year.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12th August 2016, 11:51 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:53 pm
Awards host Harry Gration "got a real buzz" from the event last year
Awards host Harry Gration "got a real buzz" from the event last year

The veteran BBC presenter will return as host of the ceremony on Thursday December 1, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

And he urged businesses to enter before the deadline at 5pm on Monday September 12.

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Sixteen categories are up for grabs at what promises to be the Christmas party of the year.

Harry said: “I got a real buzz from the awards last year. I love Sheffield and I feel the business community in and around the city is vibrant.

“It is great too, the way the Star, a brilliant community newspaper, embraces it. It is a real honour and privilege to be involved again.”

Sheffield Business Awards

Elevation Recruitment Group returns as headline sponsor this year, along with category sponsors Wake Smith, Lupton Fawcett, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Shorts Accountants, Learning Unlimited and Meadowhall.

Other sponsors will include Emirates Airline, Pure Awards Creative and web design firm Rare.

Organised by Sheffield Chamber and The Star, the awards are open to any business with an ‘S’ postcode. They are judged by an independent panel. New this year is a Special Recognition Award which is open to any business, individual, charity, scheme or project that has significantly contributed to the Sheffield economy.

The categories are:

Best Use of Technology to Improve Business Performance Award, sponsored Simm Engineering Group

Export Business of the Year

The Learning Unlimited Young Business Person of the Year Award

Business in the Community Award

High Growth Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Doncaster Sheffield Airport

The Lupton Fawcett Next Big Thing Award

Chamber Charity of the Year

Outstanding Achievements in Sports, Hospitality and Tourism Award

The People Development Award

Excellence in Professional Services Award

Outstanding Business of the Year

The Shorts Chartered Accountants Business Person of the Year Award

Excellence in Retail Services Award, sponsored by Meadowhall

Small Business of the Year Award

The Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award

Special Recognition Award

Last year a record 142 applications were received, with a staggering 39 entries for the Small Business of the Year Award.

Follow the awards on Twitter @SheffBizAwards