It’s a happy day in the Statement office today as we celebrate our success from last night’s Wakefield Business Awards - we were both surprised and thrilled to win the Small Business of the Year award!
We were delighted to even be nominated and invited to attend the event, so it was an amazing feeling to be handed a great award and be numbered amongst such great winners and nominees.
The entertaining Jon Hammond hosted the evening with plenty of humour, energy and praise and we feel we should extend a special thanks to the Wakefield Express, Chadwick Lawrence, and all of the other sponsors, for making the event possible.
Without further ado, here are the winners!
New Business of the Year - Iris Restaurant
Sponsored by Haribo
There were some great nominations in this category - Iris Restaurant, Ings Luxury Cat Hotel and IndiaCoco. But the winner was the great Iris Restaurant on the Bull Ring, run by Liam Duffy and his team. After Liam worked his way up the culinary career ladder and became a finalist at the BBC Young Chef of the Year, he decided to go back to his roots and open up a contemporary British restaurant in 2012.
The Iris representatives, including Laura who accepted the award, were actually sat with us so we had a very happy table by the end of the night!
International Business - Richard Alan Group
Sponsored by Al Murad
The international business category was a great opportunity to celebrate local businesses who go beyond the national scale and go on to achieve success globally. The nominations in this category were White Spider, M2R Ltd., and the winning engineering and manufacturing company, the Richard Alan Group.
The Richard Alan Group hold the responsibility of supporting a portfolio of companies and nurturing their growth and success in the industry. Some of these companies include Ramco CNC, Pumps & Gearboxes and AM Recruitment. A great scope of talented business!
Business & the Environment - West Yorkshire Windows
As the world evolves and we are increasingly aware of the need to protect our environment, this award is becoming more and more relevant every year! The nominations included Grean Peas Solutions (a client of ours, who we know demonstrate an outstanding commitment to protecting the environment!), Crompton Controls and was won by West Yorkshire Windows
The company specialises in using the most advanced materials in the industry to provide conservatories, orangeries, solid roofs, windows, doors, porches and solar panels. Hopefully more companies will follow the example of this great company and the other nominees to develop more environmentally-friendly business.
People Make Performance - Airedale Computers
Sponsored by YPO
Where is a business without its people? A resource often (unfortunately) underestimated by a lot of large businesses but this award celebrates those that value the power of employment and the training and the advancement of their employees. The nominations included En Route Hair & Beauty, the Richard Alan Group and was won by Airedale Computers
Focusing on the recycling and refurbishment of computers and other technologies, Airedale Computers also has a strong ethos around the retraining of long-term unemployed people and changing the way that they approach the job market. Along with this, all of their profits go to the charity, the Chrysalis Youth & Community Project. Congratulations for all of the hard work of all of the nominees and of Airedale Computers.
Employee of the Year - Nicola Thornton of Room 97
Sponsored by First Choice Recruitment
This category was another one which celebrated the people and the hard work that they undertake to provide a high quality standard of work for their company, as voted for by the readers of Wakefield Express! Our very own Tom Smith was nominated for this category, along with Karen Jordan, Amy Anderson, Jason Kent, Francesca Ellis, Julia Blackstone and Sabrina Archbold. But the winner was Nicola Thornton from Room 97.
At Statement, we believe a great team is crucial to a successful business and so a special congratulations should go to all of the nominees in this category for their achievements.
Small to Medium Business - Softsols and Statement
Sponsored by Thornton Jones Family Law
This category was one that we were very excited about, of course. The judges had a hard time narrowing down the mammoth list of suggestions to a short-list of six so we were absolutely thrilled to even be nominated. On the night, it was declared that the award was to be split in two - a Small Business award and a Medium Business award!
Softsols specialise in maintenance software for the business sector and we were excited to share the category with such a fantastic and talented company.
Community Enterprise - Backstage Academy
Sponsored by Wakefield Express
The community enterprise award is a great one to celebrate and all of the nominations are companies to be proud of. The nominees included the Spring Community Shop, the Wood Street Market and the winner was Backstage Academy.
Set up in 2009, the project was created to provide specialist training and workshops for the creative production industries, from sound technicians to pyrotechnicians! An exciting project that would be great to get involved with wherever possible!
Innovation - Xamax Clothing
Sponsored by Copiserv
Jon Hammond himself stated it was hard to define innovation and judge an award based on the term ‘innovation’, and especially with such great companies nominated.
The company specialises in workwear and promotional clothing that is high quality and affordable but can also be specifically branded to specifications, thanks to their investment in specialist technology. With more than 20 years of expertise, the company is one with plenty of innovation and talent!
Business of the Year - Harvard Engineering
Sponsored by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
And the big award this year was widely anticipated, with the nominations narrowed down to Target Components, Beaumont Legal and Harvard Engineering. Three great companies with tonnes of talent, ambition and great people. Whilst all of the nominations were worthy, the award went to Harvard Engineering!
With over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, Harvard has an extensive employee list with the best in the world of lighting design. Harvard is a reputable company within the area and they have our congratulations!
Business Person of the Year - Sir Rodney Walker
Sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence
Now the Wakefield Business Awards ended with an award that celebrates one individual for their work in the business sector throughout their lifetime. It is with no surprise that this award was presented to Sir Rodney Walker.
With a list of achievements that could probably go on for a good twenty more pages, Sir Rodney Walker has been a staple in the Yorkshire business and sports communities from being the chairman of Wakefield Trinity RLFC, the Rugby Football League, GB Sports Council, Sports England, UK Sport and the World Snooker Association during his career. He has been a vocal promoter of charity and theatre, and is currently heading TDF 2014 Ltd., which is the company organising the initial stages of the 2014 Tour de France!
With a modest and heart-warming speech, one line resonated with us all:
“No-one achieves anything in isolation.”
We think everybody should take Sir Rodney’s advice in growing their businesses, appreciating the value of people, teamwork and communities and we hope that this next year will bring even more success the Wakefield business community as a whole.