Last night a few lucky members of the Resolve team went along to the Sheffield Star Business Awards 2012. Now in its third year, these awards have become an important date in the calendar for Sheffield businesses, with the awards themselves and the associated coverage a real boost to all those nominated and the eventual winners.
500 people gathered to celebrate the evening, and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre really looked the part, decked out with lights, enormous screens mirroring the events on stage, and everyone suited and booted in black tie and evening gowns.
Along with an engaging speech from former Chancellor of the Exchequer Baron Norman Lamont, we were also treated to impressions by compère Kevin Connelly and opening speeches from Jeremy Clifford (Editor of The Star) and Heather MacDonald (Chief Executive of main sponsors The Sheffield College).
We started off with Young Businessperson of the Year, which was awarded to Mike Denby of The Source Skills Academy.
Second was the Employer of the Year, which went to B Braun Medical.
Next up was Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded to Amanda Townend of Ananda Foods.
Andrew was up for Businessperson of the Year, along with Anthony Hinchliffe of Ant Marketing, and Louise Oliver, of Taylor Oliver Partnership. The award went to Ant Marketing. Well done Anthony!
After an exciting first half, we break for some food and the chance for a breather.
After we eat, Baron Lamont takes to the stage, speaking about the current economic climate and what he learnt from his time as Chancellor. Kevin Connelly then treats the audience to a series of impressions, from Geoffrey Boycott to Bill Clinton. Then we head straight back into the action, and we're nominated for Top SME along with our guests for the evening MB Advertising and Marketing, and eventual winners Cafeology.
Next up is the one we've been holding out for; we're nominated in the Excellence in Customer Service category along with Westfield Health and Plusnet.
Andrew and Pete take to the stage to accept the award from Norman Lamont and representatives from the award sponsors, The Royal Bank of Scotland. We're elated, and one of the team sneaks off to buy us all some champagne!
There are nine more awards:
Community Award - Drive It Home Road Safety
Digital Communications Award - Bigfoot Digital
Design and Innovation - Aquatina
Excellence in Manufacturing - Microblade
Environmental Award - Refood UK
Business Startup - Unity Law
Dealmaker - Barber Harrison Platt
Retailer of the Year - Approved Food
The last award, the City Region Award is new this year, and goes to Inspirepac.
And that's it! There are some closing remarks from the event organisers, we crack open the champagne and spend the rest of the evening catching up with old friends.
It's all over for another year. We've had an amazing evening, and are really pleased to walk away with the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Thanks so much to all the amazing staff at Ponds Forge and Sheffield Newspapers for putting on the awards ceremony. We can't wait for next year!