Awards celebrate business resilience

The gala presentation of the 2020 Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards, originally scheduled for July, took place at a special online presentation event on Thursday night.

Just short of 1000 users clicked to watch the event live as the results were announced by live streaming from the New Vic Theatre, hosted by Chambers CEO Sara Williams with guest presenters, Ed James from Heart FM and Kate Beardmore from Synectics Solutions.

The 15 category winners were chosen from a total entry of 300 businesses ranging from an award for the young employee or apprentice of the year to the overall winner of the prestige title of Staffordshire Business of the Year.

Sara Williams said: “After the year we’ve all had we were determined that the award ceremony would go ahead to give everyone a shot of positivity and a chance to celebrate.

“It’s never easy to pick winners when entries are of such a high standard. This year our businesses have achieved success in so many ways, by adapting and innovating, supporting fellow businesses and importantly supporting the NHS, key workers and those in our community who took the full impact of the pandemic.

“I would like to personally thank the entrants, judges, sponsors and the Chambers team for making sure the show went ahead and that we were able to shine the spotlight on all that is great about the Staffordshire business community.”

Award Winners:

Staffordshire Business of the Year – Klarius Group of Companies – sponsored by HSBC

Digital Transformation – Infinity IT Solutions – sponsored by Synectics Solutions

Employee/Charity Employee of the Year – Charlotte May, Risual – in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership

Employer of the Year – Three-way tie between: The Hanley Economic Building Society, Mitten Clark and Strategi Solutions Group Limited – sponsored by Newcastle & Stafford College Group

Entrepreneur of the Year – Vikki Sylvester, Acacia Training – sponsored by Staffordshire University

International Trade Award – Radwell International – sponsored by Department for International Trade

Manufacturers Award – Hardy Signs – sponsored by Michelin

Medium/Large Business of the Year – Klarius – sponsored by Dains

Most Promising New Start Up – Visionary Individual Pathways – sponsored by Start Up

Partnership and Collaboration – The Staffordshire Gin Company – Sponsored by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

Professional Services of the Year – Prosurv Consult – sponsored by Finest

Retail, Leisure, Culture and Tourism Award – The Slamwich Club – in partnership with Destination Staffordshire

Science, Technology, and Innovation – Aeon Engineering – sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton.

Small Business of the Year – The Staffordshire Gin Company – in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub

Sustainability and Environment Award – Laundry Efficiency – sponsored by Keele University

Young Employee/Apprentice of the Year – Luke Cassidy from Synectics Solutions – sponsored by Trentham Estate and Gardens

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