The Sheffield City Region Business Awards 2015 are about promoting brilliant businesses, but Doncaster Chamber chief Dan Fell admits there’s another reason he wants his members to support it - local rivalry.
Winning the area’s biggest award, whatever the category, opens doors, helps wins business, motivates staff with a good night out, establishes standards and tells the rest of the world we are excellent.
All good and important stuff.
But Dan Fell has a further view.
He said: “I can’t pretend I don’t want a dozen winners from Doncaster.
“I think our members should attend the Sheffield City Region business awards because Doncaster is one of the key pillars of growth in the region and I would like to prove it by having a large chunk of our firms among the winners.
“We want to show our neighbours and the rest of the UK what outstanding businesses we have locally. In a constructive way rivalries can be powerful.
“On most policy messages the chambers are aligned but there’s five per cent that sparks a healthy rivalry. I try to be that bit better than other chambers – it keeps us going.”
The event, now in its third year, takes the winners of the business awards run by the four chambers in Sheffield City Region and the Derbyshire Times newspaper.
They then go head-to-head to reveal who shall be ‘first among winners’.
This year, each chamber will be involved in placing winners into categories and will supply a judge.
Dan Fell added: “We need to be more bullish about what we have achieved compared to, say, Manchester. There are some business heroes doing great stuff who deserve a pat on the back.
“The PR and marketing value you get from the awards opens doors and it’s a bit of quality assurance. If you’ve got two identical tenders then it could tip the balance.
“The awards are a nice way of unifying the area, rewarding staff and offering suppliers and contacts corporate hospitality on a great night out with a meal.”
Last year’s winners read like a ‘who’s who’ of successful firms including Cutting Technologies of Barnsley, Icetope of Sheffield, Franke Sissons of Chesterfield and Oliver Bryssau of Origin Broadband in Doncaster. Oliver went on to win best young business person at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards while Origin won best business and a £10,000 prize.
n The Sheffield City Region Business Awards are on Thursday, July 2, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.
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