Hat-trick for Franke Sissons at DT Business Awards

THE DERBYSHIRE Times’ fourth business awards evening was held at a glittering ceremony at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium last night, November 15, with an impressive array of all the region’s leading companies and organisations.

DT Editor James Mitchinson, Destination Chesterfield’s Peter Swallow and Tom Ingall of Look North hosted the dazzling event as Franke Sissons was crowned Derbyshire Times 2012 Business of the Year and also clinched Apprentice of the Year and Business Idea of the Year among many other worthy winners in a variety of 16 categories.

NDET 15-11-12 MC 1''Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2012 - all the winners of the evening

NDET 15-11-12 MC 1''Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2012 - all the winners of the evening

Mr Mitchinson said: “It’s fantastic to have everyone from our proud business community come together to celebrate their achievements in 2012.

“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 2013.”

A full list of competition winners and sponsors is listed below:

Apprentice of the Year; Tom Roberts – Franke Sissons

Business Personality of the Year; Jason Lippitt - TMAT

Community Contribution of the Year; Ashgate Hospice

Business Idea of the Year; Franke Sissons

Creative Innovation of the Year; Audio Trails

Customer Service Award of the Year; Becky Candy Salons

Entrepreneur of the Year; Mel Ulyatt

New Business of the Year; Aubergine

Retailer of the Year; Chesterfield Co-op

Small Business of the Year; Future Life Wealth

Team of the Year; Ashgate Hospice

Young Business Person of the Year; David Lewis

Most Innovative Property/Building Development of the Year; Marsh Green Farm Shop

Healthy Workplace Award of the Year; Enable Care and Home Support

Business of the Year; Franke Sissons

Lifetime Achievement; Peter Freeman

Awards and event sponsors included Mentor Model Agency, Derbyshire chamber of commerce, Chesterfield College, P&A, R Wilkes Transport & Storage, Franke Sissons, TMAT, Derbyshire NHS, Creative Derbyshire, Purpose Media, Banner Jones and Chesterfield Borough Council.

Mr Mitchinson added: “Big thanks go to our event partners especially Destination Chesterfield who are doing so much to promote the town and the area and also to our very generous sponsors who have helped make this year’s Derbyshire Times Business Awards so memorable.”

For a full report and pictures see the Thursday, November 22, edition of the Derbyshire Times newspaper and in the meantime share your experiences of the evening via Twitter at #DTBiz.