Best of Yorkshire businesses honoured on award shortlist
Judges are impressed by strength of entries this year
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.
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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.
MEETING PLACE: Companies great and small will be mingling once again at the 2017 Excellence in Business Awards in November.