Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2018 entries open

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 May 2018

The Hull Daily Mail Business Awards are back with a bang, as new categories are added to the line-up of the popular awards.

From individuals and small businesses with a handful of employees to the region’s powerhouses whose turnover figures which can reach the millions, we are looking for the best and brightest talent to enter the 2018 Awards.

Hear about the Lifetime Contribution award winner

The Business Awards are now into their 18th year, and are a major date on the business calendar in Hull and across East Yorkshire.

This year, winners will be announced and business talent celebrated at a glittering ceremony in Hull on November 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.


The Business Awards are back

Last year’s big winners included Spencer Group, Tapasya@Marina and APD Communications – could this be the year you join them in the region’s hall of fame?

Read more: The winners of this year's Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2017 revealed

The Lifetime Contribution Award was presented to Simon Lunt of Gosschalks Solicitors, whose 40-plus years of service to the firm has seen him become a leading figure in the local legal sector.

Now, the time has come for you to come forward and tell us about your achievements, so we can raise a toast to the best of business.


Host Helen Fospero (Image: Richard Addison)

Neil Hodgkinson, editor-in-chief at the Mail, said: "I am delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

“These awards just get bigger and better as do the quality and quantity of entries. The best thing about them is that they highlight the tremendous amount of hard work, determination and talent that goes on locally to make sure we have a thriving business economy.

“There are some great businesses in our region and some brilliant individuals and we hope to highlight them in November. It is always a night to look forward to."

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This year’s categories are:

Training and Development

Category sponsor: University of Hull

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.

Exporter of the Year

Category sponsor: Associated British Ports

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.


Community Involvement winners, Wrygarth Inn owners Ray and Sandra Thompson (Image: Richard Addison)

Community Involvement

Category sponsor: Arco

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.

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Innovation and Technology

Category sponsor: BP

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.


Innovation and Technology winners, APD Communications (Image: Richard Addison)

Green Award

Category sponsor: Wykeland Beal

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.

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Customer Focus

Category sponsor: BAE

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.


GW Power-Safe, winners of the Small Business of the Year (Image: Richard Addison)

Business of the Year (Small)

Category sponsor: Smailes Goldie

The Business Of The Year Award (Small) is being sponsored by Smailes Goldie and 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.


Medium business of the year winners, Integra Buildings (Image: Richard Addison)

Business of the Year (Medium)

Category sponsor: HSBC

The Business of the Year Award (Medium) is open to companies with between 25 and 99 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.

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Business of the Year (Large)

Category sponsor: Gosschalks

The Business Of The Year Award (Large) is open to companies employing 100 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.


Hull Daily Mail editor Neil Hodgkinson (Image: Richard Addison)

Employee of the Year

Category sponsor: Cranswick PLC

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.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Category sponsor: Sewell Group

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 (ie 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.

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Start-up Business of the Year

Category sponsor: Horncastle Group/MKM Building Supplies

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.

Apprentice of the Year

Category sponsor: Hull College

This award is open to an apprentice who has shown outstanding progress and commitment to their own personal development.

The apprentice:

  • ​is defined as a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employers, having agreed to work for a fixed period. The nominee must have
  • been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 12 months before the closing date.

​ This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an apprentice’s exceptional contributions to their workplace. The successful entrant will be measured against the following criteria:

  • Commitment: demonstrates commitment to your personal development and progression
  • Contribution: shows outstanding contribution to your workplace - in particular, areas or projects where you have exceeded expectations
  • Success: demonstrates inspirational levels of achievement and attainment.​

Nominations or self-nominations can be made for this category.


Tapasya@Marina (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Tourism and Hospitality

Category sponsor: First Hull Trains

The Tourism and Hospitality award will go to businesses 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.

Contribution to the East Riding

Category sponsor: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

This award is aimed at a business, organisation or individual that has made a real difference to the East Riding.

Nominees must be based within the East Riding, as opposed to the city of Hull, but entrants could be anyone from large businesses working across the entire East Riding region, to small businesses or individuals who have made their mark in their local area.

Judges will be looking for:

  • An East Riding-based individual or business that has significantly improved employment opportunities or services in their area.
  • A business or individual that has made a positive difference to the lives of people living in the East Riding.
  • A business or individual that has overcome a challenge and is continuing to serve and promote the East Riding. Businesses or individuals must be based in East Yorkshire, outside of postcode areas HU1 to HU9.


Simon Lunt, senior partner at Gosschalks

Lifetime Contribution Award

Category sponsor: KCOM

This prestigious 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 Mail Business Award categories, for the Lifetime Contribution Award there will be no nomination process or shortlist published. Only the winner will be invited to the event.

Key dates for the diary:

Entries open – May 2
Deadline for entries – September 14
Finalists announced – September 30
Celebration dinner – November 15

To enter click here.

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