THE STAR SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS: Photos of our 30 shortlisted firms

Feast your eyes on 30 of the best businesses in Sheffield - as the countdown to the ceremony begins.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:22 pm
The Star small business awards. The Star editor Nancy Fielder with Business Editor David Walsh and Tanya Dearden at Virgin Money Lounge
The Star small business awards. The Star editor Nancy Fielder with Business Editor David Walsh and Tanya Dearden at Virgin Money Lounge

They are the elite few shortlisted in our Small Business Awards, sponsored by Shorts Chartered Accountants, law firm Lupton Fawcett, MK Public Relations and Azzure IT.

Three entrants in each of 10 categories will find out whether they are successful at a ceremony at Virgin Money Lounge, on Thursday July 19

But first let’s revel in their brilliance.


Unwrapped Ltd - New shop with zero packaging. Allows customers to buy exactly they want, cutting down on waste.

Marsh Valley Goats Milk - Jess Cutler and Sam Marshall run a post office but keep goats and dream of a business selling goats’ milk soap.

Ella Woodhouse - Degree trained, world travelled mens’ suitmaker with experience of working for the movies including Kingsman and Fantastic Beasts. Bespoke suits £950 and up.


Platts and Nisbett - Hand-crafted surgical instruments loved by surgeons. Apprenticeships last five years.

ITM Power - Hydrogen specialist on the brink of moving to massive premises in Rotherham. Olivia Rudge is a young apprentice learning hi-tech career.

The Judging panel for the business awards, l-r Tim Baum-Dixon Shorts Chartered Accountants, David Walsh, Business editor, Nancy Fielder, The Star editor, Craig Such, Azzure IT Ltd, Caroline Woffenden, MK Public Relations, Rob Hollingworth, The Star managing editor and Neil Large, Lupton Fawcett LLP. Picture: NSST Awards Judging MC 1

Health Imaging Solutions - New firm exploiting a clever niche in repairing and storing hospital scanners. Setting up its own academy for apprentices.


Kollider - Transforming the old Co-op on Angel Street into a tech hub for hundreds of firms. Has signed Barclays Eagle Labs and National Videogame Arcade.

Gradconsult - Has run the RISE programme for six years, recruits, trains and places 80 graduates a year with SMEs.

Ella Woodhouse

Rebmark - Legal tech firm revolutionising and digitising the personal injury costs market. Bought by US giant Verisk in November.


Preventx - Small health screening firm landed a £200m contract to health screen Londoners by post.

Pictorial Meadows - Wildflower firm bringing science and expertise to planting beautiful blooms in towns and cities which last.

Idaq - Free wireless internet in the city centre thanks to network of transmitters and link up with Sheffield City Council.


Unwrapped: Kirsty Burnet and Becky Atkinson.

Select Convenience - Young manager Matt Hutchinson promoting more than 30 Sheffield food producers at this Bents Green shop.

Summitglow - Crucial link in the manufacturing chain for firms such as Gripple. Huge responsibility not to ruin very expensive parts.

Green Origins - Superfood distributor. Two-time Queen’s Award for Enterprise winner, for exporting.


Brass Founders - Keeping the tradition of working with this beautiful metal alive. The firm that has given Sheffield bollards, benches, walk of fame plaques and pebbles.

Industrial Design Co - Brother and sister and friend set up this cool furniture store in Woodseats. Sell bespoke products made by local craftspeople.

Maxons - Traditional boiled sweet maker reinventing itself with super-sour headsplitters and energy gels for athletes.


Webster Technologies - The firm makes the famous Rockwheel cutting attachment with chews up concrete with ease. It has recently invested for growth.

Magnomatics - Makes magnet-powered gears with two parts that don’t touch. Worldwide interest from several sectors.

VK Drums - Alan van Kleef hand makes drums from steel, copper, silver and gold. Huge demand from professionals and enthusiasts.


Real Junk Food Project - turns five tonnes-a-month of surplus food into meals at ‘pay-as-you-feel’ cafes.

The Suit Works - Vanda Kewley runs a free suit and makeover business for unemployed men preparing for a job interview.

Sheffield Precision Medical - Surgical tools company that funds ‘Mercy Ships’ - floating hospitals that visit African countries.


Whitespace - Using redundant television frequencies to beam superfast broadband to rural residents. Could work worldwide.

Ioetec - Won a prestigious contract with GCHQ to work on national cyber-security.

TribePad - Fields 35m applications online and on mobile for the likes of Tesco, the Church of England and Warner Bros.


Louisa Harrison-Walker - Successful boss of Benchmark Recruit and chair of Sheffield Chamber Council. The friendly face of Sheffield business at the impressive number of events she attends.

Megan Abel - Confident and ambitious 14 times world martial arts champion and boss of Sheffield martial arts school Utopia - and she’s still only 20. Has increased the number of classes to meet demand.

William Chew

Dynamic founder of Mak Tok Malaysian chilli paste which employs seven. Former Sheffield University student has a strong business and is instantly recognisable.

Jess Cutler and Sam Marshall
Platts and Nisbett apprentice Brooke Hawley at work in the factory
Olivia Rudge, at ITM Power.
Health Imaging Solutions. From left: Wayne Goring (Projects Director), Mike Cox (Service Director), Paul Playford (Technical Specialist), Linda Banders (Office Manager), Graham King (Managing Director.)
Mark Hewitt of Rebmark
Kollider is in the former Co-op Building at Castle House. Nick Morgan (Kollider), John Mothersole (Sheffield City Council) and Guy Illingworth (U+I)
Rebecca Fielding of GradConsult
IDAQ Free wifi in Sheffield: Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader, Mike Hague from iDaq networks, Diane Jarvis from BID and David Oliver from the council.
Helen McNally of Pictorial Meadows.
Summitglow heat treatment. Pictured is Nigel Rider. Picture: Chris Etchells
Matt Hutchinson of Select Convenience.
Green Origins.
Maxons Sweets, Bradbury Street. Pictured is MD Richard Pitchfork. Picture: Chris Etchells
Industrial Design Company: Rachel Woolhouse, Andrew Bennett and Robert Woolhouse, pictured with Joseph Dakin (left), and Andy Rushworth (right), of the Steel City Shoeshine Service, Picture: Marie Caley
Brass Founders, Carlisle Street, Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells
Whitespace: Mark Kelly, Mark Wheeler and SteveThomas
TribePad co-founders Dan Kirkland and Dean Sadler.
Ioetec works for GCHQ
Webster Technologies.
Alan van Kleef, of VK Drums inspects one of his products.
Dave Latimer, of Magnomatics.
PERSONALITY: Louisa Harrison-Walker. Picture Scott Merrylees
Vanda Kewley, of The Suit Works.
Sheffield Precision Medical Ltd. Pictured is Visual Inspector Sharon Biggin. Picture: Chris Etchells
The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield directors Rene Meijer and Jo Hercberg with some of the products available at the Share Market