Staffordshire Finalists Revealed

The response to the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards has been overwhelming with hundreds of entries across the 11 categories. The quality of entrees far surpassed last year’s, resulting in a difficult task for the judging panel.

Several categories proved very popular, with over 50 entries for the Small Business of the Year (1-50 FTE’s) category and over 30 entries for the Most Promising New Start – Up Business category. Entries were received from all areas of the County, including Burton, Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rugeley, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth.

Staffordshire Chambers Chief Executive, Sara Williams, said: “After launching the awards two years ago, it is great to see how the entrees have developed and by far exceeded previous year’s in terms of quality. We see this as a testimony to the healthy state, and award-winning potential, of businesses within Staffordshire. I would like to thank the judges for their dedication to the task over a whole day and all the businesses who took the time to enter. Many congratulations to all of our finalists and, we look forward to the awards ceremony on Thursday 14 July.”

The Steering Committee have now met to review all the entries with the objective of identifying a small number of shortlisted finalists for each category. This proved incredibly difficult, but after a full day of deliberation the finalists were identified and can now be announced (see below). In addition, a large number of entries were commended by the committee, and all of these will receive framed certificates.

All finalists will now be visited by the judging panels for each category, with the winners announced at a gala awards evening at the Staffordshire County Showground on Thursday 6 July 2017. 400 guests from across the County are anticipated, where they will enjoy a delicious three course meal and celebrate the achievements of the Staffordshire finalists.

Finalists for the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards 2017

Digital Award sponsored by Staffordshire University­

Capula Ltd
ExtraMile Communications Ltd
Risual Ltd

Employee of the Year sponsored by KMF Group

Helen Staddon – Risual Ltd
Jane Oliver – Strategy Solutions Ltd
Kayla Poole – Alice Charity
Marie Bloor – Ruff & Ruby Youth Charity
Michael Garrigan-Hindley – Moorland Contract Cleaning Ltd

Employer of the Year sponsored by Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford Colleges Group

Freeths LLP
KMF Group
Pure CF

Environmental/Low Carbon Award sponsored by Keele University

Smart Innovations Grid Ltd
Stone Computers Ltd
The Wool Packaging Company Ltd
Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre

International Trade Award sponsored by Department for International Trade

Cobra Biologics
Eurostar Global Electronics Ltd
Simple Stuff Works Associates Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by Michelin

Advertising Constructions Ltd
Alpha Manufacturing

Small Business of the Year (1-50 FTE’s) sponsored by Staffordshire Business Environment Network (SBEN)

Caja Ltd
Fleet Operations
JHPS Gardens Ltd
The Wool Packaging Company

Medium / Large Business of the Year (> 50 FTE’s) sponsored by Dains Accountants

M&M Group
PSR Solutions
Red Industries Ltd
Wardell Armstrong LLP

Most Promising New Start – Up Business sponsored by Grindeys Solicitors

True Grit Training
Wealth Design Group Limited

Professional Services of the Year sponsored by finest

Caja Ltd
Dukes Bailiffs Ltd
Freeths LLP
Mitten Clarke Ltd 

Retail, Leisure & Tourism Award sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Nelson’s Gin Distillery and Gin School

Science, Technology & Innovation Award sponsored by University of Wolverhampton

PD Components Ltd
Risual Ltd
Synectics Solutions Ltd

Young Employee or Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Skills Staffordshire

Andrew Cash – Instatec Ltd
Chloe Quaile – KMF Group
Lauren Gee – risual
Louise Meredit – JCB
William Jones – Wade Ceramics



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