Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2018

It's time to enter the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2018, one of the key events in East Yorkshire's business calendar.

Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2018

Hosted by Hull Daily Mail

Hull Daily Mail Business Awards is one of the key events in East Yorkshire’s business calendar and will celebrate the region’s best companies and employers, from start-ups and entrepreneurs to some of the biggest employers.

We are looking for the Hull and East Riding firms that have made a difference to the community, cornered the market against the odds and won praise from clients and suppliers alike.

So if your business has bold growth plans, a fantastic track record or a dedication to customer service, we want to hear from you. There are 15 categories plus a special Lifetime Contribution Award and finalists will be invited to a celebration dinner Thursday, November 15 2018.

Deadline for Entries: 14 Sep 2018
Shortlist Announced: 24 Oct 2018
Awards Ceremony: 15 Nov 2018


Business of the Year (Large)

The Business of the Year Award (Large) is open to companies employing 150 or more members of staff. The judges will be looking at all aspects of the company’s performance, paying particular attention to:

• Managerial and financial performance.

• Evidence of success against targets set.

• Potential for growth.

• Long-term plans and company strategy.

• Product and service development.

• Staff training and development.

Business of the Year (Medium)

The Business of the Year Award (Medium) is open to companies with between 25 and 149 employees. Judges will be looking at all aspects of company performance, paying particular attention to:

• Managerial and financial performance.

• Evidence of success against targets set.

• Long-term plans and company strategy.

• Product and service development.

• Staff training and development.

Business of the Year (Small)

The Business of the Year Award (Small) is open to companies with fewer than 25 employees. The judges will be looking at all aspects of a company’s performance, paying particular attention to:

• Managerial and financial performance.

• Evidence of success against targets set.

• Potential for growth.

• Long-term plans and company strategy.

• Product and service development.

• Staff training and development.

Start-up Business of the Year

The Start-Up Business of the Year Award will go to an organisation that:

• Has been established within the past two and a half years.

• Demonstrates evidence of entrepreneurship and/or innovation.

• Has defied challenging economic conditions to succeed, grow and thrive.

• Can evidence future growth potential.

Community Involvement

The Community Involvement Award will go to a business that can show proactive commitment to putting something back into the local community. This could be by:

• Providing financial support to community projects.

• Giving practical assistance in terms of time or expertise.

• Allowing charity organisations, schools or community groups to benefit from the resources of the business. For social enterprises, the activity should be outside their core purpose.

• Particular emphasis will be placed upon the proportionate investment by businesses in terms of time and effort, as opposed to pure cash contributions.

Entrepreneur of the Year

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will go to someone who has had a big impact, either running their own business or working as part of a business. The award is open to individuals of all ages and the judges will be looking for someone who can demonstrate:

• How their actions and strategies have been instrumental to the success of the business.

• Evidence of strong financial performance, including the clear identification of an opportunity that has had a measurable impact on the success of business.

• Enterprising behaviours such as participation, risk-taking, management and leadership, vision, originality and innovation.

• How they have overcome barriers to achieve at a high standard (i.e. social, geographical or physical).

• A positive impact on the wider economy and local communities through employment, additional work as mentors or in the voluntary sector.

• Nominations can be made by the entrant if they run their own business, or a sponsor or nominee from the business they work for.

Lifetime Contribution

The prestigious Lifetime Contribution Award will go to someone who has had a significant and positive impact on the local business community over a number of years. Unlike the other award categories, there will be no nomination process or shortlist published for this award. Only the winner will be invited to the event.

Innovation and Technology

The Innovation and Technology Award will reward the company that has developed the most innovative new product, system or process over the past year, and can demonstrate the positive impact it has had on the business. Judges will be looking for businesses that can show:

• A clear vision of what the innovation project, product, system or process had to achieve.

• How the product was developed.

• Gains in revenue or market share.

• The overall benefits to the business or its customer.

Training and Development

The judges will be looking for an organisation that:

• Demonstrates positive commitment to the ongoing training and education of its employees.

• Can prove how investment in staff training has brought success.

• Shows staff have gained the necessary skills to maximise their contribution.

• Can show how its people development strategies have improved its performance and created a committed, motivated and effective workforce.

Employee of the Year

The Employee Of The Year award has been designed to celebrate someone who really makes a difference to their business and who deserves recognition.

It might be someone whose attitude and example really stimulates all those around him or her. Equally, it could be someone who has overcome real difficulties, or someone who shows exceptional customer service.

Exporter of the Year

The Exporter Of The Year Award is aimed at companies that have developed new markets outside of Hull and the East Riding. Judges will be looking for businesses that can demonstrate:

• Significant export sales in relation to the size of the company.

• Success in accessing markets outside the county and/or overseas.

• Trade growth through exports and the ability to sustain that growth.

Tourism and Hospitality

The Tourism and Hospitality Award will go to a business that can show evidence of:

• Outstanding performance relating to commercial success and evidence of growth and investment.

• Creation of employment, together with staff training and development.

• Delivery of innovations and improvements.

• High standards of customer satisfaction.

Green Award

The Green Award is designed to recognise outstanding performance in environmental awareness, green energy or sustainable activity. The winner of the award will be a company that has:

• Embraced environmental policies across their business, with an outlook that reflects a well-considered green approach.

• Successfully developed, sold or created “green” products or services.

• A workforce or teams that fully embrace environmental awareness and actions.

• Demonstrated, by their actions, environmental leadership in their business sector or geographic locality.

• Made improvements in energy-efficiency, carbon reduction or sustainable working.

• Implemented projects that have minimised the local or national environmental impact of the company’s operations.

Customer Service Award

A new accolade tihs year, the Customer Focus Award aims to honour firms which give great service and are truly dedicated to their users. Judges will be looking at how customer service strategy has:

• Increased growth or market share.

• Improved financial performance.

• Embedded ethical or sustainable practice.

• Enhanced customer delivery and engagement.

• More effective leadership and management.

• More engaged and motivated staff.

• Optimised innovation and improved operational excellence.

Apprentice of the Year


Ability IT - Programme Sponsor

We exist to make your business run faster and smarter, that’s why you’ve come to the right place.

Established in 2000 we are a leading player in business to business IT support across our region and beyond and have built up a vast client list ranging from SME’s through to large corporates. We deliver a highly recommended service.

As a customer-focused business, we understand that you need to be able to talk to our IT professionals easily about the challenges you face and we have close working relationships with all our clients, offering a tailored service with your company’s needs at the heart of our business.

Our philosophy is to provide your business with the highest quality of expertise and bespoke IT support and service. Whatever your size, your IT is our focus and we aim to deliver the best options to match your requirements.

Our clients trust us and consider us to be part of their own organisation as their IT department, responsible for every aspect of IT within their company. We help you to concentrate on what’s important; growing your business. We treat all of our customers with mutual respect and provide the professional and friendly service that you deserve.


The UK ports industry is the largest in Europe and its operations provide critical economic infrastructure for the nation’s manufacturers and businesses.

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise.

The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

In 2016 ABP and its customers handled 89 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 119,000 jobs and contribute £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year.

ABP is backed by investment in modern facilities and equipment, and support by experienced employees. Our investment is designed to respond to the needs of our customers whose business rely on our ports for access to international and, in some cases, domestic markets. Helping these firms compete on the global stage and protecting the national energy security are key roles our ports play in the UK economy.


Arco's mission is to keep people safe at work. Our fourth generation, family owned business is committed to delivering that mission through our core values. Our values are more than just statements; they define our reasons for being in business and what it means to be part of our extensive Arco family.

By investing in our own people we are able to offer expert advice and support to our customers. Since 2008 we have trained over 150 Arco staff in a range of professional health and safety qualifications, including IOSH and NEBOSH certification. We will continue to provide training to our teams so they can offer practical support and sensible advice.

Together with our training and consultancy division, Arco Training and Consultancy, we offer the most comprehensive health and safety services available. Our team of highly qualified experts work in partnership with you to offer practical, hassle-free services to ensure that your work place is safe and compliant.

As market leaders we offer the widest range of PPE in the UK. Our National Distribution Center holds an impressive 22,000 products and our network of over 40 branches cover the UK and Ireland, ensuring you can get what you need when you need it. If you have got a large order or bespoke requirements then come and talk to us about a deal.

Bondholders - Drinks Reception Sponsor

We are charged with the marketing and promotion of the Humber on the national and international stage.

We lead on the news, using our skills and expertise to start conversations about the region and bring businesses together at our events. We create inspirational marketing materials and tell compelling stories about the opportunities here, to celebrate the success of our member businesses and showcase what is on offer in the Humber.

As an organisation, we are strategic and driven in our approach, as we strive to create a clear and powerful voice for the region with the core goal of encouraging people to live, work and invest here.


Our industry is changing at a pace not seen in decades. All forms of energy – fossil fuels and renewables – are becoming more abundant and less costly. Through new technologies, energy will be produced more efficiently and in new ways, helping to meet the expected rise in demand. And the world is working towards a lower carbon future.

We are evolving our strategy – allowing us to be competitive in a time when prices, policy, technology and customer preferences are changing.

Our strategic priorities help us to deliver heat, light and mobility solutions for a changing world.


Cranswick began as a group of farmers, nurturing pigs with generations of know-how. Understanding that to get the best out, you have to put the best in, they started producing pig feed together.

Our beginnings were humble but our ambitions were not. In the 1980s, Cranswick moved into food production, giving us one of the first ‘farm to fork’ offerings.

Authentic through and through.

Today, Cranswick is one of the largest food producers in Britain, but we’ve stayed true to our simple ethos - to create authentically made British food, without compromise. Using the skills of artisans and the dedication of generations of craftsmanship, we make great, tasty food.

First Hull Trains

Hull Trains is an award winning, open-access operator running 92 direct services a week from Hull and the Humber region direct to the capital. With a new commercial focus, Hull Trains has become one of the most innovative, enterprising and dynamic long-distance train operating companies in the UK.
They are proud to be the UK's leading rail operator for passenger satisfaction with a rate of 97% - the highest score ever achieved by a long-distance train operator.
In 2015, they were carrying 80,000 passengers, but this year they carry over a million; their growth has been exceptional and they continue to do so.

Gosschalks Solicitors

Gosschalks is a leading full-service law firm operating from purpose-built offices in Kingston upon Hull. Our client base stretches to all corners of the UK and includes a diverse range of business types from individuals to large PLCs. We also offer a wide range of services to private individuals through our dedicated Private Client team.

Horncastle Group plc

Horncastle are specialists in creating innovative property solutions for modern business. We have 50 years experience in property development and investment, and a range of available sites but what we also have is a commitment to meet your property needs, whatever they are.

We understand operating businesses and the impact that your property has on your business, the image it sets, the role it plays in shaping your business, your productive capacity and profitability

One size does not fit all – so we don’t just see our role as developers of buildings, we create places for business. Spaces that meet our client’s exact requirements tailored to your particular needs.

We have built our reputation on this, so if you think we can help please get in touch, come and have a coffee with no obligation and find out more about why we are different in both our approach our delivery.

Space matters so let us help create yours.


One of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations, serving more than 37 million customers through four global businesses consisting of: Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, plus Global Private Banking.
Shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by approximately 204,000 shareholders in 133 countries and territories.
With 4,000 offices worldwide, HSBC aim to be wherever the growth is.

Hull College


MKM Building Supplies

Find the building blocks of your next project – quite literally – right here, all available at great prices from MKM. Whether it's a home build or a large-scale job, you can be sure that we have everything you need, all under one roof.

No matter what project you're undertaking, we pride ourselves at MKM on always having the right tools and materials for the job. Browse our entire range of building materials above, featuring a wide range of trusted brands, high-quality local suppliers and – best of all – fantastic prices.

If you have any questions, or need any advice, on the right materials for your project, don't hesitate to contact us, or pop into your nearest branch to speak to one of our DIY and construction experts. At MKM, we provide support to trade professionals and DIY hobbyists alike.

In this section you will find all of the essential materials for any project – from the fundamental bricks and blocks, including engineering bricks, aggregate and foundation blocks and more, to cement and aggregates, including levelling compounds and pre-mixed products. All of the components that you could need for successful roofing can also be found, with everything from tiles to felts, vents, soffits and chimneys.

Supply shortages lead to project delays, so don't forget to stock up on essential items from our range of chemicals, adhesives and tapes, including sealants, lubricants and additives as well as a range of adhesives and tapes fit for a variety of purposes, from the ubiquitous Gaffa tape to non-slip variants and warning signs. Metalwork and accessories, including joist hangers and struts, as well as a large range of lintels in a wide variety materials and sizes, are also available here.

Our ranges of insulation – from boards to fibreglass to polystyrene, and more – and plastering supplies will ensure the warmest of homes. We also stock a large range of ventilation products, including cavity wall vents and underfloor vents, as well as civils and groundworks, such as underground drainage materials, and commercial paving supplies.

Sewell Group

Investments, Construction and Facilities Management. Sewell provide a full range of services to help their customers across the Yorkshire region with their estate challenges. Serving over four million people a year, Sewell makes sure that communities and customers have everything they need - creating value for 140 years.
Recognised as a "best company to work for" for three years running, and by becoming a part of the Hull City of Culture 2017, Sewell continue to provide their commitment and support to their community.

Smailes Goldie

Smailes Goldie Group is a leading firm of chartered accountants, auditors, tax and business advisors based in Hull, East Yorkshire and Barton-Upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire.
They ensure that businesses stay on top of their payroll, bookkeeping , management accounts and VAT.

University of Hull

The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world.

As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.

Marketing Humber




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