County's finest celebrated at Lincolnshire Business Awards
More than 360 guests gathered to honour the best business achievements in Lincolnshire over the past 12 months last night. The Lincolnshire Media Business Awards 2013 recognised firms from a wide range of industries and welcomed enterprises from across the county.
The Business of the Year Overall Winner award went to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Lincoln.
Located in Brayford Wharf North, the building project saw the redevelopment of a previously derelict site.
The business opened in December 2011 and since then it has created 80 jobs in the community.
Brayford Hotels Ltd, which owns and runs the site, has seen significant growth in the occupancy, revenue and profit of the hotel.
The firm has brought a globally recognised brand to Lincoln, with 115 rooms, a popular bar and restaurant and meeting space.
It has also sponsored local events, including the Waddington Air Show and the Lincoln Comedy Festival, and supports Lincolnshire food producers by sourcing locally.
Richard Duxbury, managing director at Lincolnshire Media, said: “I would like to congratulate each and every one of the winners and shortlisted firms for their successes over the past year. The standard, diversity and volume of applications was extremely high this year and it was a privilege to be able to share these fantastic achievements with the rest of the business community, of which we are immensely proud to be a part.
“A special word should go to DoubleTree by Hilton for an incredible 12 months and for winning the overall prize, as well as all of our sponsors, which helped to make the night such a memorable occasion.
“The success and popularity of this year’s awards – the 17th we have been involved in – further highlights the value of celebrating the incredible, innovative work that is happening right across the county.
“In 2014, we want to make the awards bigger and better by creating a full week of events, and we’re looking forward to developing these exciting plans with new partners.”
The Business of the Year Overall Winner was sponsored by Crystal Motor Group
Siemens was the main sponsor of the event for the second year in a row.
And Teal Park, the North Hykeham business site, sponsored the drinks reception thanks to a partnership between Taylor Lindsey, Lincolnshire County Council and Hodgson Elkington.
Winners and finalists
Start-up Business of the Year, sponsored by Bishop Burton College – DoubleTree by Hilton Ltd
Over the past 18 months, the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Lincoln has created dozens of jobs and played an active part in promoting the city.
During this time, the company has backed local events and charities, seen its revenues grow and made a positive impact on the leisure on the tourism industry.
Finalists: Deans Sport Health & Leisure Ltd, Zazzle Media Ltd.
Small/Medium Business of the Year, sponsored by Bishop Grosseteste University – Food 4 Thought GB Ltd
With head offices in Spalding, Food 4 Thought is Lincolnshire’s fastest growing school meal provider.
After starting as a small enterprise to help a village community, the company developed into a countywide operation that now helps to ensure thousands of children are eating hot food every day.
Colourful menus, leaflets and posters are all used to grab the attention of children, and A high-quality product with excellent customer service has supported impressive turnover and profit.
Finalists: Bluecube Telecommunications Ltd, Kal Designs Ltd (Kal Group), Mower Magic Ltd.
Large Business of the Year, sponsored by Select Lincolnshire for Business – Running Imp
Sports equipment supplier Running Imp celebrated its 25th year with a move into renovated premises.
The company also set up new strands to its operations and was chosen as the recipient of the Lincoln Civic Award 2013 – the top honour of the city.
Running Imp saw substantial profitable growth and continued its philosophy of offering strong support for community schemes like the Santa Fun Run & Walk.
Finalists: Odin Retail Ltd (Polarn O. Pyret), Langleys Solicitors LLP.
Young Business Person of the Year, sponsored by the University of Lincoln – Iwona Lebiedowicz, PAB Translation Centre and Local Link Recruitment
Iwona Lebiedowicz left behind family and friends in Poland in 2005 with the intention of coming to the UK to improve her language skills. Described as determined, focused, ambitious and driven, she has developed two businesses and is a director and governor of two local community-focused organisations.
Finalists: Simon Penson – Zazzle Media Ltd, Danielle Lister – Langleys Solicitors LLP.
Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Wilkin Chapman LLP – Mike Johnson – Gelder Ltd
Gelder Group’s training manager Mike Johnson was awarded an MBE this year for services to training and skills.
He has been with the company for around five years, achieving several honours including the National Training Award in 2012.
Within his company, he is seen as an inspirational individual who has made a huge impact.
Finalists: Stephen Farrar – Lincoln Security Ltd, Andrew Fearn – Langleys Solicitors LLP.
Innovation Award, sponsored by Siemens – Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Ltd
A seven-figure investment in Autocraft’s Plasma Transfer Wire Arc technology has enabled the business to augment its position as Europe’s largest independent engine remanufacturer.
Based in Grantham, the company has also grown its workforce to record numbers, with further growth forecast.
Finalists: PSP-IT, Lincoln Security.
Renewables and Environmental Award, sponsored by Eco Plastics – 4eco Ltd
Based in Binbrook, 4eco is an innovative company leading the way in the design and manufacture of devices that divert surplus power from microgeneration installations to heating systems.
Users can save money, reduce utility bills and protect the environment through the use of the firm’s immerSUN gadget.The company has successfully invested locally in people, components and services, which has elevated it to be a recognised trusted source of environmental leadership for businesses and individuals across the country.
Finalists: Freewatt Group Ltd, Gelder Ltd, Osprey Consulting Services Ltd.
Heart of the Community Award, sponsored by Starglaze – Systematic Print Management Ltd
Caistor-based Systematic Print Management was established in 1975.
The company, which provides end-to-end print management services, now supports businesses across the UK and also works to make a difference in the local community.
Systematic has been involved in a range of social and sporting projects, as well as national and local charities.
Finalists: Cargill PLC, Gelder Ltd
Local Exporter Award – Globe Consultants International Ltd
Part of the Globe family, which originates in Lincoln, the company offers expertise on planning, economy and culture.
The new consultancy business was formed to take advantage of opportunities in international markets and has been involved in projects in developing nations such as Trinidad and Tobago.
The company has won a number of governmental contracts and is now in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme.
Lincolnshire Media Lifetime Achievement, in association with the University of Lincoln – Steve Gelder
Former bricklayer Steve Gelder, managing director of Gelder Group, was chosen for the lifetime achievement award in recognition of his success since starting his company in 1988.
His construction enterprise, which comprises six regional offices, eight divisions and six separate companies, celebrated its 25th year in 2013 and now has more than 370 employees.
Despite the economic climate, the firm has continued to diversify and thrive and has maintained its commitment to training, apprenticeships and the development of its services.
Mr Gelder himself was also given an MBE in 2007.