A study in ex­cel­lence as awards short­list is re­vealed

Three firms lead the way with triple nom­i­na­tions

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS - Mark Casci BUSINESS ED­I­TOR @MarkCasci

From es­tab­lished business gi­ants to the most ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive new com­pa­nies, the great and good of York­shire’s business com­mu­nity is rep­re­sented in the full short­list­ing for this year’s Ex­cel­lence in Business Awards.

Pro­duc­tion Park, Skip­ton Build­ing So­ci­ety and Heald lead the way in this year’s list with three nom­i­na­tions apiece.

Else­where, Harrison Spinks, NG Bai­ley and Sewtec boast two nom­i­na­tions each.

They join a plethora of com­pa­nies large and small who made the short­list fol­low­ing a five-hour judg­ing ses­sion con­ducted at the of­fices of The York­shire Post.

The win­ners will be un­veiled in a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 at York’s Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum.

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inset, broad­caster Steph Mc­Gov­ern, is set to re­turn as this year’s pre­sen­ter and the key­note speech will be de­liv­ered by Sir Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit sec­re­tary.

The judg­ing panel was made up of Juliette Healey, York­shire agent for the Bank of Eng­land, DLA Piper man­ag­ing part­ner of the Leeds of­fice, Al­li­son Page, se­nior business de­vel­op­ment man­ager with Grant Thorn­ton, Andrew Devon­ald, Mark Thun­der­cliffe, group chief risk of­fi­cer, York­shire Bank, Richard Em­mott, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at York­shire Wa­ter and Sally John­son, mar­ket­ing and business de­vel­op­ment man­ager at DLA Piper.

It was chaired by Mark Casci,

The York­shire business ed­i­tor of


Mark Casci, said: “In my three years of chair­ing this process I am con­tin­u­ally as­tounded by the stan­dard of en­tries we re­ceive.

“This year was ex­tremely pop­u­lar, the sec­ond high­est level of en­tries in its history.

“The judges and I had our work cut out for us but came away con­vinced that the York­shire econ­omy is per­form­ing at a high level and en­ter­ing an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter.

“As ever I am tremen­dously grate­ful to our spon­sors for their peer­less sup­port and knowl­edge. See you all on Novem­ber 1.”

Ms Page said: “We have had a huge vol­ume of en­trants this year, many of them first timer en­trances to this cat­e­gory (turnover of more than £50m).

“The busi­nesses that we have en­tered come from right across the re­gion, cov­er­ing many business sec­tors, some of which are old tra­di­tional busi­nesses us­ing in­no­va­tive tech­niques to bring them­selves to the mar­ket. “The five short­listed busi­nesses are all very wor­thy of be­ing in this cat­e­gory and I am sure you will all en­joy read­ing more about them.” Mr Devon­ald said: “This is our sec­ond year spon­sor­ing The York­shire Post’s Ex­cel­lence in Business Award and it has not dis­ap­pointed.

“We have had a re­ally in­ter­est­ing mix of busi­nesses across the sec­tors, all out­stand­ing in their own right.

“I lost count of the amount of times that I came out to a business last year and left think­ing ‘I have met the win­ner’. “Then we re­ally did meet the win­ner, and it re­ally stood out from the crowd.

“You re­ally only get to meet a business like this ev­ery cou­ple of years, its growth po­ten­tial is enor­mous.”

Mr Em­mott said: “It has been fas­ci­nat­ing judg­ing the awards for this year’, not just over­all but in all of the cat­e­gories.

“Some were very tra­di­tional and some more con­tem­po­rary in terms of data sci­ence and an­a­lyt­ics.”

Juliette Healey, York­shire agent for the Bank of Eng­land, said: “These awards are a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing that is best about busi­nesses in York­shire.

“This year saw an amaz­ing ar­ray of busi­nesses across dif­fer­ent sec­tors.”

Mr Thun­der­cliffe said: “We saw great ex­am­ples of con­tin­ued strength­en­ing of busi­nesses and in­no­va­tion.

“There are also so many com­pa­nies look­ing to give back to York­shire.”

The main spon­sors for this year’s awards are DLA Piper, Grant Thorn­ton, York­shire Bank and York­shire Wa­ter.

As­so­ci­ate spon­sors are York Sci­ence Park, ENGIE, Don­caster Sh­effield Air­port, Of­fice Mon­ster, Leeds Beck­ett and Sky Betting and Gam­ing.

There are so many com­pa­nies look­ing to give back to York­shire.

DE­CI­SIONS: The judges for this year’s awards had a tough time se­lect­ing the short­list with firms hop­ing to em­u­late last year’s win­ners.

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