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Find out who were the big winners at this year’s Sheffield Business Awards

The seventeenth Sheffield Business Awards proved to be a fabulous success with prizes for a selection of the region’s brightest and busiest businesses and entrepreneurs.


Hosted by Dan Walker of BBC Breakfast and with entertainment by Sheffield-born swing singer Paul Pashley, this glittering event was held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.


All the judges agreed it was a huge honour and pleasure to be presiding over such a collection of fantastic companies and individuals whose talents and achievements were showcased in the 2018 entries.


The winners were as follows:


Best Contribution to Sheffield Visitor Experience: Sheffield Theatres, the largest theatre complex outside London, consisting of the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio. Sheffield Theatres attracts over 400,000 people each year.


Business Person of the Year: David Capper - Westfield Health. David became CEO of Westfield Health earlier this year and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for customers and the communities in which they live and work.


Employer of the Year: Twinkl Educational Publishing. Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching and educational resources.


Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility. Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens. An eco-conscious organisation with an unrivalled commitment to reducing waste, using cleaner forms of transport, recycling and supporting local charities.


Excellence in International Trade: Twinkl Educational Publishing. Over the last three years Twinkl has achieved £7.4m in revenue from international markets, accounting for 20per cent of the company’s overall revenue.


Excellence in Manufacturing: MGB Plastics. MGB Plastics are the UK’s leading manufacturer of wheeled bins, employing 75 staff, and they embrace a philosophy of continuous improvement and innovative designs.


Excellence in Professional Services:  Shorts Chartered Accountants. Shorts have experienced sustained growth of over 20per cent each year since 2014, underpinned by excellence in business management and future business planning.


High Growth Business of the Year: LabLogic Group Holdings Ltd A global supplier of scientific equipment and software for radioactivity detection. LabLogic has shown significant growth over a sustained period of time, growing turnover from £3m to £14.5M pounds over the last decade.


Large Business of the Year: Bluetree Group. A printing company employing 329 staff that has achieved 38.4per cent like for like growth over the last year.


SME of the Year. Fernite of Sheffield Ltd. An innovative UK machine knife manufacturing business.


Special Recognition Award. Gordon Bridge, who launched the Master Cutler’s Challenge in 2007. Raising vital funds for local charities, the Master Cutler’s Challenge has to date raised in excess of £1.8m


The Innovation Award.  SleepCogni. SleepCogni offers remote patient monitoring and behavioural therapy to support sleep clinicians and helps patients relearn how to sleep.


The Marketing and Communications Award. VOW Europe. The UK’s largest business supplies wholesaler, employing 1100 full time employees across the UK.


The Sheffield Universities Entrepreneurship Award: Tutorful, the UK’s leading tuition provider for in-person or online lessons. Employing 29 staff, Tutorful has delivered half a million lessons to students across the UK.


Outstanding Business of the Year: Twinkl Educational Publishing. It has grown from two staff in 2010 to well over 400 in 2018. Operating in over 160countries Twinkl provides innovative teaching resources to millions of people across the world.

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