Top firms rewarded at Derbyshire Times’ Business Awards

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Firms across Derbyshire were honoured last night at the Derbyshire Times’ Business Awards 2014.

Members of the county’s business community gathered at the Proact stadium for the event, which saw a total of 17 awards handed out across a variety of different categories.

Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2014.

Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2014.

DT Editor Graeme Huston, Destination Chesterfield’s Peter Swallow and BBC Look North presenter Clare Frisby hosted the premier event.

Graeme said: “It’s fantastic to have everyone from our proud business community come together to celebrate their achievements in 2014.

“All the many entries were worthy of praise and our judging panel deliberated long and hard to find this year’s winners and we wish them and everyone else the best of luck for 2015.”

Speaking before the award ceremony begun, Destination Chesterfield’s Peter Swallow said: “Good luck to all those who are nominated for the awards and we look forward to celebrating the best businesses in Derbyshire.”

The ‘Business Of The Year’ award went to United Cast Bar, Northern Tea Merchants took home the ‘Retailer Of The Year’ award and car glazing firm Auto Windscreens scooped two awards, ‘Employer Of The Year’ and ‘Team Of The Year’.

The winners of all 17 awards were:

Business of the year: United Cast Bar

Small business of the year: Creativity Sells

New business of the year: nuWorld Energy Ltd

Apprentice of the year: Jamie Ridgeway

Young business person of the year: Hayley Gillbard

Business personality of the year: Mark Lord, Aztec Oils

Entrepreneur of the year: Robert Carlin

Team of the year: Auto Windscreens

Business idea of the year: In The Works PR

Retailer of the year: Northern Tea Merchants

Community contribution of the year: Franke Sissons

Employer of the year award: Auto Windscreens

Lifetime achievement award: Ian Snow, Central Technology Ltd

Customer service award: Casa Hotel

Creative innovation award: VHS Group

Environment Award: Carbon Low

Excellence in professional services: Barber Harrison and Platt