Chesterfield’s best in business is celebrated at Derbyshire Times Business Awards

Winners at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards pictured after Thursday night's ceremony at the Proact Stadium.

Winners at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards pictured after Thursday night's ceremony at the Proact Stadium.

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The leading lights in Chesterfield trade and commerce has been showcased at the annual Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

The glittering ceremony - now in its seventh year - was hosted by Sam Ogrizovic - nephew of former Spireite goalkeeper Steve.

Acting group editor Nancy Fielder said: “The evening was once again a huge success and congratulations to all the winners. The quality of all the entrants was of the highest standard and our judges had an extremely difficult job in choosing this year’s winners. It was also fantastic to see the business community come together in such numbers to celebrate the cream of trade and commerce in 2015. Well done to everyone.”

Northern Tea Merchants had a night to remember, winning the Retailer of the Year and Business of the Year awards - while James Pogson was given the much-coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

There was double success for Jill Thomas, of Future Life Wealth Management. She won Business Personality of the Year and her firm scooped the Excellence in Professional Services award.

Judging the awards were award-winning journalist Jo Davison; Tara Underhill from Destination Chesterfield; Lucinda White of Pure Event Creative and Yvonne Pennington from East Midlands Chamber.

It was fantastic to see the business community come together in such numbers to celebrate the cream of trade and commerce in 2015

Nancy Fielder, Derbyshire Times acting group editor

Destination Chesterfield was the associate sponsor of the event.

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Jack Kimmins of Franke Sissons

BUSINESS IDEA OF THE YEAR

Floor Depot

NEW BUSINESS IDEA OF THE YEAR

Spire Recruitment

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Banner Jones

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Spencer’s Solicitors

YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Ayesha Bell of Airr Clothing

CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Auto Windscreens

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Northern Tea Merchants

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Crystal Clean Services Ltd

EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Future Life Wealth Management

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Blueprint Promotional Products Ltd

ENVIRONMENT AWARD

Custom Solar Ltd

CREATIVE INNOVATION AWARD

Laura Newbould-Jones of CreativeMETAPHOR

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING

Franke Sissons

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sarah Stevenson of Astute Recruitment

BUSINESS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Jillian Thomas

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

James Pogson, of Northern Tea Merchants

EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD

Hausofwalker and the National Trust team at Hardwick Hall.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Northern Tea Merchants