Shortlist revealed for 2017 Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Mar 2017

THE Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards has served up the ultimate ‘who’ll win it?' when it comes to Business Person of the Year.

And we think it will involve an entrepreneur, possibly in the kitchen, perhaps with a carpet sample! 

Lincolnshire Chef Steven Bennett, a director of Laceby’s Oaklands Hall Hotel, comes front of house in 2017 after cooking up the gala dinners on previous occasions, and he is up against murder-mystery games deviser Jo Smedley and flooring specialist Myles Shaw for the title. 

Jo is the managing director of Grimsby-based Red Herring Games, and played a huge part in attracting the Small Business Saturday spotlight to the town late last year.

Myles, currently Young Entrepreneur of the Year, runs Grimsby Carpet Warehouse in Freeman Street and web-based Carpet Runners UK, and business is thriving as he takes the online brand international.

And when it comes to Myles’ successor, just like him with father Ivor, all three are second generations looking to make their mark in the business they have grown up with.

Ben Charlesworth-Browne has joined his father in Grimsby-based landscape gardening business Alan Browne (Lincolnshire) Ltd, with Liam O’Leary at Laser Red and Lewis Parry of Abbys Group. Lewis, who is the cocktail king of The Curious Cat, is the son of 2014 Business Person of the Year, Liz Parry.

A highlight of the South Bank business calendar, more than 400 people will gather at Scunthorpe’s The Baths Hall on Friday, May 19 to find out who the winners are.

Judges met yesterday to consider the nominations, covering growth, innovation, training and community involvement, as well as personal success and achievement. 

Here are the runners and riders for 2017:

The Grimsby Carpet Warehouse Small Business Award

Beauty at the Gate, Lancaster Approach, Holton-le-Clay 
Industry-recognised beauty salon with dedicated facilities for men and women. 

Root2 Recruitment, Eastgate, Louth
Recruitment company with full online suite of tools for hiring companies. 

Tilletts Clothing, Sea View Street, Cleethorpes
Clothing retailer, and own range designer, with shops in Cleethorpes and Louth

The ABP Business Growth Award

Central Insulations, Wilton Road Industrial Estate, Humberston. 
Controlled environment specialist that has recently moved into new offices in its 30th year of business.

Flixborough Eco Technologies Ltd, Normanby Gateway, Scunthorpe 
Energy management consultancy with installation provision.

IMS Flooring Ltd, Freeman Street, Grimsby.
Better known as Grimsby Carpet Warehouse and Carpet Runners UK.

The Wilkin Chapman Business Person of the Year Award

Steven Bennett
Oaklands Hall Hotel director and ‘The Lincolnshire Chef’.

Myles Shaw
Managing director of IMS Flooring Ltd, the company behind Grimsby CarpetWarehouse and Carpet Runners UK.

Jo Smedley
Managing director of Grimsby-based Red Herring Games, murder mystery provider. 

The Barclays International Trade Award

Cat Tech International Ltd, South Park Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe.
Catalyst handling company operating in heavy industry.

Ramsden International, Adam Smith Street, Grimsby.
Established global grocery exporter.

4Matic Design and Manufacture Ltd, Wilton Road Industrial Estate, Humberston.
Stainless steel food processing specialist.

The Bridge McFarland New Business Award

Liz Drury Voiceovers, Ulceby 
British voiceover artist with blue-chip portfolio.

Pink Jacket Marketing, Dudley Street, Grimsby.
Distinctive marketing agency.

Qualiluminar Ltd, Skippingdale Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe.
Mobile home manufacturer.

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Franklin College Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Ben Charlesworth-Browne
Second generation landscape gardener with Grimsby-based Alan Browne (Lincolnshire) Ltd. 

Liam O’Leary
Managing director of Grimsby-based digital agency Laser Red. 

Lewis Parry
Leading light behind The Curious Cat venue, part of Abbys Group. 

The North East Lincolnshire Business Development Award 

Central Insulations Ltd, Wilton Road Industrial Estate, Humberston.
Second listing. 

Laceby Manor Golf Resort, Barton Street, Laceby.
Eighteen hole leisure retreat set in rural North East Lincolnshire.

PME Power Systems Group Ltd, Beels Road, Stallingborough.
Inward-investing marine engine specialist.

The North Lincolnshire Business Investment Award

GS Kelsey Construction Ltd, Brigg Road, Scunthorpe.
Building contractor that celebrated 20th anniversary with new premises in 2016.

Moulded Fibre Products Ltd, Second Avenue, Flixborough.
Pulp-product specialist that operates in food and medical fields. 

Youth Engineering Scunthorpe Ltd, South Park Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe
Charitable enterprise for disadvantaged young people with links to Bradbury Group.

The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award

Driver Hire Grimsby and Scunthorpe, Europarc, Grimsby.
Recruitment business run by husband and wife Michael and Jayne O’Flynn

Haith’s, Europarc, Grimsby.
Wild bird seed manufacturer behind the Bill Oddie brand. 

4Matic Design and Manufacture Ltd, Wilton Road Industrial Estate, Humberston.
Second listing.

The DFDS Excellence in Community Award 

North Lincs Tyres, Lockhill, Grimsby.
Established tyre specialist for cars and commercial vehicles.

Ongo, Normanby Road, Scunthorpe.
North Lincolnshire’s social housing provider.

Youth Engineering Scunthorpe Ltd, South Park Industrial Estate, Scunthorpe
Second listing. 

The HBP Systems Innovation Award

First Media, Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth.
Digital and events service provider.

ID Architecture, Wilton Road Industrial Estate, Humberston.
RIBA-shortlisted architectural practice. 

Root2 Recruitment Ltd, Eastgate, Louth.
Second listing. 

Grimsby & Scunthorpe Telegraph Lifetime Achievement Award
Revealed on the evening.

Forrester Boyd Business Excellence Award 
Selected by the judges from nominations received. 

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