Shortlist Announced for Sheffield Business Awards 2023

4th September 2023

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s prestigious Sheffield Business Awards, which returns for its 22nd year this October.

This year’s event, organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Thursday 12 October at the well-known Octagon Centre – kindly provided by Headline Sponsor and Chamber Patron, The University of Sheffield.

With a new venue for this year’s festivities, the dress code returns to black tie, and guests will have the pleasure of enjoying a three-course dinner served by the university’s acclaimed catering team, accompanied by live entertainment.

Special guest and BBC Radio Sheffield host, Chelsey Ward, will be presenting this year’s awards ceremony, which will see winners announced across 16 different categories.

For the first time in the award’s history, nominations were not limited to just businesses, but also open to individuals, collaborators, and Third Sector organisations – providing the opportunity for a wider mix of the business community to showcase their unique talents and achievements.

The Sheffield Business Awards 2023 shortlist, which can now be revealed, highlights the amazing work being done across the city by businesses of all sizes and sectors.

Danny Johnson, Commercial Manager of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Being able to introduce new categories to this year’s Sheffield Business Awards – to truly showcase Sheffield as a whole – has been amazing.

“For this year’s event, we received over 170 applications which is a massive testament to all the hard work being done in Sheffield by the individuals, teams, organisations, and projects right now.

“By pivoting our focus and awards categories from previous years, we’ve allowed applications from everyone, ranging from big businesses to individuals and, because of this, we’re thrilled that people have shared their stories with us.

“I can’t wait to celebrate all the hard work being done in Sheffield on the 12th October.”

The shortlist is as follows:

The Spirit of Sheffield Award (sponsored by Counter Context and Altitude)

  • Marketing Sheffield, Sheffield City Council
  • Moss Valley Fine Meats
  • Patriot Games Ltd

The Community Impact Award (sponsored by Westfield Health)

  • FareShare Yorkshire
  • St Luke's Hospice Sheffield
  • Voluntary Action Sheffield

The International Trade Champion (sponsored by UK Export Finance)

  • Pricecheck
  • The LabLogic Group
  • Trek-Group

Outstanding Contribution to Employee Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Sheffield United Community Foundation)

  • Loadhog
  • SBD Apparel Limited
  • Visiting Angels Living Assistance Limited

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion (sponsored by B. Braun)

  • King Ecgbert School
  • Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care
  • Sheffield United Community Foundation

Outstanding Contribution to Workforce Development (sponsored by Opportunity Sheffield

  • Gripple Ltd
  • Pricecheck
  • Shorts Chartered Accountants

The Environmental Impact Award

  • Naylor Industries Plc
  • OSL Group Holdings Ltd (T/A OSL Group)
  • Our Cow Molly 

The Brand Campaign of the Year

  • Exhausts UK Ltd (T/A Cobra Sport)
  • Taylor Emmet
  • The SEO Works Ltd

The Inspirational Leader of the Year (sponsored by Shorts Chartered Accountants)

  • Rachel Abbott, Managing Director, Exhausts UK Ltd (T/A Cobra Sport)
  • Tom Elliott, Managing Director, Medilink North of England
  • Sarah Sharp, Director, The Montgomery Theatre and Arts Centre

The Leading through Innovation Award (sponsored by Wake Smith Solicitors)

  • FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics
  • The LabLogic Group
  • Translational Energy Research Centre, University of Sheffield

Small Organisation of the Year (sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University)

  • 53 Degrees North Engineering Ltd
  • Kranlee Logistics Ltd
  • River Stewardship Company

Medium to Large Organisation of the Year (sponsored by SBA Apparel Limited)

  • The LabLogic Group
  • The SEO Works Ltd
  • Trek-Group

The Collaboration Excellence Award

  • Chef's Counter Community Interest Company
  • Marketing Sheffield, Sheffield City Council
  • Molly's Cafe and Deli Ltd

The Learning Champion of the Year (sponsored by The Sheffield College)

  • Alexandra Heppell, Customer Service Advisor - Apprentice, OSL Cutting Technologies (Part of the OSL Group)
  • Helen Jowitt, Group Learning & Development Manager, Naylor Industries Plc
  • Mitchell Robinson, Production Supervisor, Wolf Safety Lamp Ltd

Start-up Organisation of the Year (sponsored by Business Sheffield)

  • Amodo Design Ltd
  • Kranlee Logistics Ltd
  • Sitehop Ltd

In another new addition to the event, there will also be a winner for The Chamber President’s Special Recognition Award, sponsored by HLM Architects.

This year’s awards will be merged with the Chamber’s President’s Dinner, an annual event that celebrates and highlights the current president’s term in office and the work that has been done.

For more than 150 years, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has supported, connected, and represented local businesses of all sizes in Sheffield with an aim to lead the way in making the city the best place in the UK to start, grow and run a successful and sustainable business. Events like the Sheffield Business Awards are a huge part of that commitment.

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