Leeds-based BigChange scored three nominations for the landmark awards event, due to take place on Wednesday November 17 at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, while Hornsea-based Heald and Leeds headquartered Zenith landed two a piece.
BigChange was nominated in the Best Companies Turning Over Between £10m-£50 and the Innovation Award category, with its founder and chief executive Martin Port shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Meanwhile Heald received a brace of nominations in the Companies Turning Over up to £10m and Manufacturer of the Year categories, while Zenith was shortlisted for both Companies Turning Over more than £50m and the Environment and Sustainability Awards.
A total of 47 separate businesses and individuals made the shortlist for The Yorkshire Post’s annual award ceremony following a rigorous judging process at the newspaper’s head office.
YP Business Editor Mark Casci chaired the session which also included the Bank of England’s Yorkshire agent Alex Golledge and legal giant Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds head of office Pervinder Kaur.
Ms Kaur’s firm is this year’s headline sponsor for the Excellence in Business Awards, with associate sponsorship coming from Urbana Town Planning, Sovereign Health Care, Esh Group, Endless, Nexus and Openreach.
Speaking following the judging session, Mr Casci said: “We received a record-breaking 345 entries for this year’s awards - dozens ahead of the closest previous tally.
“I can say without any hesitation that the standard of entries received this year is by far the most impressive I have seen in the five years since I have chaired these awards.
“Given the economic shock waves experienced in recent months, the fact that such high levels of innovation, success and leadership is being carried out should give us all hope for the future.
“Good luck to all of the shortlisted businesses and individuals. To make this year’s cut was no mean feat and you should be very proud of the outstanding work you have done over the past 12 months.
“We are set for a fantastic evening at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in November and I look forward to seeing you all there.”
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Here is the shortlist in full:
Companies turning over £50m a year - sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard
Companies turning over between £10m and £50m
Companies turning over up to £10m
Language is Everything
Business Leader of the Year
Charlotte Bailey - Panintelligence
Carolyn Johnson - Language is Everything
Richard Stubbs - Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network
Business Transformation of the Year Award - sponsored by Endless
Commercial Development of the Year - sponsored by Urbana Town Planning
New Era Development - Sheffield
Bettys & Taylors Group
Yorkshire County Cricket Foundation
Digital and Technology Award - sponsored by Openreach
Employee Health & Wellbeing Award - sponsored by Sovereign Health Care
LCF Law & LCF Residential
Entrepreneur of the Year
Jerry Cheung - New Era
Sarah Fatchett - 365 Response
Martin Port - BigChange
Environmental Sustainability Award
Cooper King Distillery
Ecology Building Society
Exporter of the Year
Regal Food Group
Innovation Award - sponsored by Nexus
Manufacturer of the Year
Language Is Everything
The Nostell Estate
Social Mobility Award - sponsored by Esh Group
Young Business of the Year
The Kindr Company Group
The York Gin Company
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