Celebrating their 30th year of caring for north Derbyshire patients with life-limiting illnesses, Ashgate Hospicecare were named Business of the Year at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2018.
The awards were held at Chesterfield College and hosted by Dronfield entrepreneur Jessica Cunningham, star of TV show The Apprentice.
It is the 10th year that the Derbyshire Times has held our Business Awards, recognising the very best of the area’s commerce, trade and industry.
Outstanding firms and the businessmen and women that run them honoured in 14 different categories.
Our winners were:
The Innovation Award, Sponsored by Middleton Structures Ltd
Winner: Auto Windscreen
Highly commended: Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust and MOTUS Women Entrepreneurs Network.
People Development Award
Community Contribution Award, Sponsored by Blachford UK
Winner: Less Than Zero Barbers
Highly commended: Chameleon School of Construction
Customer Service Award, Sponsored by Heath Clark
Winner: S44 Travel
Highly commended: Less Than Zero Barbers and Pinewood Properties
Apprentice of the Year, Sponsored by Learning Unlimited
Winner: Jenna- Leigh Bates of Recruit 2 You Ltd
Highly commended: Declan Pike of Palamatic and Deborah Downes of Van Dyk by Wildes
Independent Retailer of the Year, Sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors
Winner: Itsy Bitsy Boutique
Lifestyle and Leisure Awards
Winner: Stephensons Tea and Coffee House
Highly commended: Morley Hayes.
New Business of the Year, sponsored by the Mitchells Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers
Winner: Revilo Images
Highly commended: Edwards Employment Solutions Ltd and White Peak Distillery
Winner: Shorts CharteredAccountants
Highly Commended: Pinewood Properties
Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Arnold Clark
Winner: Emerald Accountancy Services Ltd
Highly commended: Inspire Design and Development, Paperclip and Sanitaryware Supplies Company Ltd.
The Excellence in Manufacturing Award
Sponsored by the Shorts Chartered Accountants
Winner: BG Engineering
Charity of the Year award
Winner: Ashgate Hospicecare
Mitchells Anniversary Award
Winner: Sanitaryware Supplies Company Ltd
Business Person of the Year award
Winner: Rupert Armitage of Auto Windscreens
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Jillian Thomas of Future Life Wealth Management
2018 Business of the Year Sponsored by BHP Chartered Accountants
Winner: Ashgate Hospicecare
Derbyshire Times Editor Phil Bramley said: “The awards night was a great celebration of some of the out-standing business we have in our local community.
“It was especially moving to see the standing ovation which Jillian Thomas received as she collected her Lifetime Achievement award and as she spoke powerfully about how being caught up in the Boxing Day Tsunami while on holiday in Thailand changed her life forever.
“The judges had no hesitation in naming Ashgate Hospicecare as our overall Business of the Year 2018 and there can surely be no more deserving recipient.
“It was especially fitting that they received the award in the year they mark 30 years of providing vital end-of-life care to people across north Derbyshire.”