Best of York­shire busi­nesses hon­oured on award shortlist

Judges are im­pressed by strength of en­tries this year

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - MARK CASCI BUSI­NESS EDI­TOR Email: mark.casci@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @MarkCasci

SOME OF the best busi­nesses in York­shire are hon­oured to­day as the shortlist for this year’s Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Awards is pub­lished.

Fol­low­ing an ex­haus­tive judg­ing process the fi­nal list ahead of this year’s event has fi­nally been agreed upon.

Sky Bet­ting and Gam­ing is lead­ing the way with five nom­i­na­tions, along with BigChange Apps, Zenith Data Con­tracts, MJ Glee­son and MKM Build­ing Sup­plies who all gar­nered mul­ti­ple places on the var­i­ous short­lists.

The winners will be un­veiled in a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 2 at Leeds’s New Dock Hall.

Watch­dog BBC Break­fast and

broad­caster Steph McGovern is this year’s pre­sen­ter with more ex­cit­ing speak­ers to be an­nounced in the com­ing days.

The shortlist was drawn up by the event’s many spon­sors this year with a fi­nal judg­ing ses­sion

The York­shire Post’s held at of­fices on White­hall Road.

Among those on the panel were Juli­ette Healey, York­shire agent for the Bank of Eng­land, DLA Piper manag­ing part­ner of the Leeds of­fice Al­li­son Page, and An­drew Devon­ald, se­nior busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager with Grant Thorn­ton, as well as Mark

The Casci, busi­ness edi­tor of York­shire Post.

Ms Healey said: “En­tries have been in­cred­i­bly di­verse but were all fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing for the fu­ture. Some have em­pha­sised in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy while oth­ers on how to be best in class on de­liv­er­ing tra­di­tional ser­vices. Some of these busi­ness might be small to­day, but they all have am­bi­tion to grow.”

Mr Devon­ald said: “What re­ally im­pressed me was the num­ber of re­ally ex­cel­lent busi­nesses. Each firm had a great story to tell about how they were achiev­ing growth.

“There was some real de­bate around the ta­ble about the shortlist and the even­tual win­ner. Some re­ally ex­cel­lent busi­nesses are on there.”

Cameron Rams­den, re­gional mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor, who also sat on the judg­ing panel, said: “We have ended up with a good spread in terms of ge­og­ra­phy and es­pe­cially in terms of sec­tors. The process was dif­fi­cult, we changed out minds a few times.”

The awards them­selves will be pre­ceded by a short­list­ing drinks event at the of­fices of DLA Piper on Oc­to­ber 10 at 6pm to al­low those who have been nom­i­nated the chance to net­work and get to know each other.

Mr Casci said: “The Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Awards is one of the

The high­lights of the year for York­shire Post

and get­ting to chair the judg­ing process is an hon­our and priv­i­lege.

“This year’s shortlist is a mag­nif­i­cent tes­ta­ment to the strength and diver­sity of York­shire’s econ­omy.

“We had some re­ally, re­ally tough calls to make in terms of who made each shortlist but in the end we were left with a list of firms which I am very proud of.”

The main spon­sors for this year’s event are global law firm DLA Piper and pro­fes­sional ser­vices gi­ant Grant Thorn­ton.

Other com­mer­cial part­ners come in the form of Cas­cade HR, Don­caster Sh­effield Air­port, City Fi­bre, First Di­rect, Leeds Beck­ett Univer­sity, York­shire Build­ing So­ci­ety and Sky Bet­ting and Gam­ing.

PIC­TURE: BRUCE ROLLINSON

MEET­ING PLACE: Com­pa­nies great and small will be min­gling once again at the 2017 Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Awards in Novem­ber.

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