Shortlist revealed for the Lincolnshire Live Business Awards 2020

Shortlist revealed for the Lincolnshire Live Business Awards 2020

The shortlist for the Lincolnshire Live Business Awards has been revealed, with the very best in the region highlighted for their exceptional achievements.

The awards, which launched in May, sought to find the very best businesses – and the people that comprise them – in Lincolnshire, with 12 categories designed to celebrate fantastic achievements.

These include the International Business Award, the Innovation Award and the sought after Business of the Year Winner.

The awards will be handed to teams and individuals from across a wide variety of sectors, and will champion inspirational start-ups, hard-working apprentices and enterprising entrepreneurs, as well as the larger businesses that keep our economy going.

The awards are particularly special this year, as they will acknowledge the hard work that has gone in to keeping Lincolnshire businesses afloat during the difficult circumstances presented by the pandemic.

One such business is Micronclean, which has been shortlisted for the Business in the Face of Adversity category.

Marketing manager Mike Webb said: “As a business, Micronclean is delighted to have been shortlisted in both the Business in the Face of Adversity and the Employee of the Year categories. Being shortlisted shows that what we do naturally at all levels within the company is respected and validated by our peers in the Lincolnshire business community.”

Simon Beardsley, chief executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, explained that the standard of entries this year have been very high.

He said: “Business as usual has not always been possible over the past year with numerous challenges knocking our local economy, however against this backdrop, recognition through the Lincolnshire Business Awards takes on an even greater significance. As head judge I am honoured to play a significant part in the awards and the standard of entries continues to amaze me, making it more difficult year on year.”

Following the shortlisting process, the Lincolnshire Business Awards judging panel has been interviewing those in the running, to delve deeper into each entry.

Simon added: “The awards are an opportunity for celebration, a recognition of success for the Lincolnshire business community and a chance to focus and lift spirits rather than just merging into the challenges we have all have had to face.

“On top of that, it’s appreciation for the people, businesses are nothing without their employees who have clearly had to adapt and transform to survive and thrive in conditions outside of their control, so from me a heartfelt congratulations to all nominees.”

The awards ceremony is due to take place on March 24 2021 at the EPIC Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground, though the changing COVID guidelines mean that organisers are unable to confirm whether there will be a glittering live event, or an exciting digital ceremony, to celebrate the winners. If a live event is possible, tickets to the glitzy ceremony will be placed on sale.

The shortlists for each category can be found below and more information on the awards can be found at www.lincsbusinessawards.co.uk

Picture of a group of people in formal evening wear sitting and standing at the Business Awards 2019

Lincolnshire Live Business Awards 2019 winners

THE SHORTLIST

International Business Award

Sponsored by Streets

Shortlist: Castlet, Craft Resin, Liz Drury Voiceovers

This award will be given to a business that can demonstrate success outside of the UK, dealing with customers on a global scale. It must demonstrate sustainable business growth through export sales or services provided.

Large Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by Langleys Solicitors

Shortlist: Ambitions Personnel, Lincoln College Group, Starglaze Windows

The Large Business of the Year Award will be handed to a company with an annual turnover of more than £10m. It must be more than three years old and have made business growth and development in that time.

Business Person of the Year Award

Sponsored by Wilkin Chapman

Shortlist: Neil Corner, Sam Owens, Amy Wallis

Then Business Person of the Year will be an outstanding individual that has shown exceptional leadership and vision. Whether employed or self-employed, nominees in this category must meet extensive criteria to set them apart.

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Ellgia

Shortlist: Tom Bullivant (Lincoln City Football Club), Chelsea Robinson (Cross Keys Stow), Becky Stocks (Dack Motor Group)

The Apprentice of the Year will have shown outstanding progress and commitment to their personal development over the past 12 months. They’ll also demonstrate a real positive impact on the business they work for.

Start-up Business of the Year

Sponsored by Bishop Grossteste University

Shortlist: Jacqui Adams (Tick HR Solutions Ltd), Jo Cottingham (Neat and Pressed Ltd), Adam Wilson (Wilson Architects Ltd)

Businesses that are less than three years old and that have demonstrated business growth and development in that time are to be celebrated in this category. Their business plans, financial performance, achievements to date and potential growth will set them apart.

Innovation Award

Sponsored by The Productivity Programme

Shortlist: HIT Energy Guard, The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company, Wallbreaker

The Innovation Award will recognise businesses that have found and developed new solutions to business growth or competitiveness. The rigorous judging criteria mean the winner will be truly exceptional.

Business in the Face of Adversity Special Award

Shortlist: Lincoln City Football Club, Micronclean, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

The global pandemic has thrown a multitude of roadblocks in the way for businesses, and this award will be given to those who have gone the extra mile under pressure. Courage, conviction and a commitment to help others is a must.

Small/Medium Business of the Year

Shortlist: Dack Motor Group, The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company, The Veterinary Hospital

This award will recognise the business growth and development made by small businesses over three years old, with an annual turnover of less than £10m. Innovative products, services or processes, or expansion into new markets or areas of business activities, will make the winning difference.

Food and Farming Excellence

Sponsored by LJ Fairburn

Shortlist: Saga Robotics, Worldwide Fruit

The food and farming industry represents a vital part of Lincolnshire’s economy, and this award will highlight the very best. Innovators and strong performers from anywhere on the chain – from major producers, processors and retailers – will be considered.

Family Business Award

Sponsored by Micronclean

Shortlist: Ambition Personnel, Lincoln Security, Starglaze Windows

This award will be given to a stand-out family firm, irrespective of their size. Their family nature and values must shine through, and the winning company will show proven business success.

Environmental and Sustainability Award

Sponsored by Siemens

Shortlist: Amelio Solar Energy, HIT Energy Guard, Pallinc

Green issues will be important to the winner of this category, and judges will be looking for a business of any size that is working towards sustainable development goals and striving to create a better world. A well-considered green approach, not fractional ad-hoc actions, will be celebrated.

Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Quantum Air Fibre

Shortlist: Costa Kyriacou (Ringrose Law), Shaun Cannon (Starglaze Windows), Sarah Merton (Micronclean)

A truly outstanding employee, who has made a significant contribution to the success of the business they work for, will be awarded in this category. Dedication, commitment and a great working knowledge of the business will set this winner apart.

Business of the Year

Sponsored by NatWest

No nominees were submitted for this highly sought after Business of the Year award. The judges will choose this exceptional business, with the winning firm showing increased profitability and potential, as well as a positive impact on the economy of the region as a whole.

Visit www.lincsbusinessawards.co.uk for more information

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