Meet Doncaster’s business awards nominees

Doncaster Business Awards 2015 winners celebrate. Picture: Shaun Flannery
Doncaster Business Awards 2015 winners celebrate. Picture: Shaun Flannery

Some of Doncaster’s top-performing businesses are hoping to get their hands on some silverware at the fourth annual Sheffield City Region Business Awards.

The town has 13 businesses nominated in 11 categories at the ceremony, held at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on July 7, and celebrates the best of the best in business.

The nominees are the winners from four chamber awards – Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley, and East Midlands – plus those from the Derbyshire Times business awards – and pits them head-to-head to discover who will be ‘first among equals’. Dan Fell, chief executive officer of Doncaster Chamber, said: “The quality of the most recent winners of the Doncaster Chamber Awards make them strong candidates in the Sheffield City Region Awards. It’s good to see such a diverse range of small and large businesses representing Doncaster’s successful business community.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, head of the Local Enterprise Partnership and former co-chair of law firm DLA Piper, and financial commentator Justin Urquhart Stewart – who won The Spectator Money Award for Lifetime Achievement - are headlining the event.

Doncaster’s nominees are:- New Business of the Year - Keyhole Visuals; Customer Service Award, sponsored by Solutions for Cleaning, - Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel; People Development Award - Taylor Bracewell; Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Doncaster Sheffield Airport, -

Tony Houlihan (Twenty Four IT); Export & Overseas Trade Award - Gl Filtration; SME Business of the Year - Signum Facilities Management Ltd and Brewster Pratap Recruitment; Business Growth Award - Keyhole Visuals and Unipart Rail; CSR & Environment Award - Wirquin Ltd; Innovation Award - Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust; Technology Award, sponsored by the Academy for Chief Executives, - Vulcan to the Sky; Community Contribution Award - Darts.

Judges will pick Outstanding Business of the Year, sponsored by Learning Unlimited, from among the winners of the other categories. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner, sponsored by the University of Sheffield Management School, is announced on the night.