A study in excellence as awards shortlist is revealed
Three firms lead the way with triple nominations
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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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,
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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.