A gala presentation evening at Ponds Forge in Sheffield honoured 13 companies and individuals judged to be the first winners of the Sheffield City Region Business Awards, writes David Walsh.
Joy, shock and pride etched the faces of those who climbed on stage as the results were announced by host, BBC presenter Clare Frisby.
She handed trophies to those who will now stand as exemplars of success across this huge geographic area.
Results: Manufacturing: Newburgh Engineering; Entrepreneur/Businessperson: Dr Sipra Deb of the Play Arena; Top SME: Inspirepac; Export: New Era Aquaculture; Business Start up: Colour Mobile VMS; Dealmakers: Barber Harrison and Platt; Environmental: Stagecoach; Employer of the Year: Greenbank; Young business person of the year: Lewis Bowen; Digital Communication: Rare Creative; Community: Team Activ; Design&Innovation: S3 ID; Customer Service: Westfield.
Full details of all our winners are featured in a special edition of The Star Business, Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
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The event also marked a milestone in collaboration between the five awards bodies - four Chambers of Commerce and Johnston Press - parent company of the The Star, Doncaster Free Press and Derbyshire Times - and it is set to become a key fixture in the region’s business calendar. The Star Editor, Jeremy Clifford, said: “Tonight is a showcase for the best of the best. You are all already winners in your respective towns and regions.
“We at Sheffield Newspapers have been working with the Chambers of Commerce to stage this event which I believe properly reflects the progress this region has made. And I am confident this will be the first of many celebration events to come.”
The evening kicked off with a champagne reception where glamorous guests mingled and chatted before everyone was called into the main hall for dinner.
Andrew Cropley, executive director of strategic planning and business development at The Sheffield College, headline sponsors of the awards, gave a speech, followed by Sir Howard Davies, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, before Clare Frisby got down to business.
After the event, Mercury Taxis transported revellers free to Napoleons Casino on Ecclesall Road, to complete a night to remember.