This week sees the culmination of the six-month search to find some of Yorkshire's best companies. Business Editor David Parkin looks at the line-up.
THE second annual Yorkshire Post Excellence Awards are held on Thursday, honouring some of the region's most successful and innovative companies.
The 10 categories cover every aspect of business in the region and see companies ranging from new start-ups to big international players competing for the coveted awards. The shortlisted companies in each category are:
Innovation Award sponsored by Yorkshire Science
Analox Environmental Technology; Aquasac: Developed to combat flooding by the Sheffield-based business, the Aquasac is a hi-tech sandbag without sand.
Gripple Group; Loadhog: The Loadhog lid eradicates the need to use environmentally unfriendly plastic film or strapping when securing loads to wooden or plastic pallets.
Litestructures Group; use of aluminium products: Litestructures specialises in manufacturing aluminium staging for concerts, Formula 1 racing teams, museums, shopping centres and airports from its base in South Kirkby, near Wakefield.
Project sponsored by Meadowhall Shopping Centre.
This award will be presented for a project or investment which has done the most to transform, or promote, the region over the last 12 months.
Export sponsored by Cummins Turbo Technologies
Allam Marine: Hull-based Allam Marine, which achieved turnover of more than 60m last year, supplies electricity generators to some of the world's poorest places.
Gripple: The Sheffield-based business is a global market leader in wire joining devices for fencing, and suspension and tension devices.
The BigWord: The Leeds-based translation service provider has offices across the globe. It provides services to some of the biggest companies in the FTSE100 and the Nasdaq 100.
University Spin-out sponsored by White Rose University Consortium.
Celltran: Sheffield University spin-out firm Celltran has developed a skin treatment for burns and ulcers that uses a patient's living cells.
Web-Translations: Wakefield-based Web-Translations, established by former Leeds University student Daniel Rajkumar, aims to help companies translate their websites into formats for international audiences.
Xceleron: Spun out of the University of York, biotechnology company Xceleron provides analytical strategies for drug development.
Best Company to Work For sponsored by Bradford University School of Management
Bayford & Co: The Wetherby-based firm is one of the UK's largest independent oil distributors and partners Gulf with its chain of petrol stations.
Elmwood: Elmwood is a Guiseley-based design agency that works with global retailer Wal-Mart and redesigned the Three Lions logo for the Football Association.
Shulmans Solicitors: Founded in 1981, it is now one of Leeds's top commercial law firms.
Welcom Software: This Harrogate-based firm provides software for consumer and commercial finance, retail and supply-chain sectors.
Young Business sponsored by Yorkshire Forward
Space2Work: Wakefield-based Space2Work provides a complete office design and refurbishment services.
Revolution Viewing: This Leeds digital marketing company has created virtual tours for clients.
Gent Visick: Leeds-based Gent Visick is Yorkshire's only dedicated industrial property agency.
Under 10m turnover sponsored by Yorkshire Bank
Angloco: Batley-based Angloco designs, manufactures and distributes firefighting and rescue vehicles and equipment.
Elmwood: Guiseley-based design agency (see above).
Interim Partners: Founded four years ago, Interim Partners provide interim managers and executives for clients including Morrisons, Littlewoods and HBOS.
Welcom Software: This Harrogate-based firm provides software for business sectors, including consumer and commercial finance, retail and supply-chain.
10m to 50m turnover sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Pressure Technologies: Formed three years ago after a buyout from its German parent, this firm floated on the AIM market in May, changing its name from Chesterfield Special Cylinders.
Rixonway Kitchens: This Dewsbury kitchen manufacturer supplies housing and generation groups, including Keepmoat.
Summit Media: This Brough-based business provides online and e-commerce marketing services using a workforce of skilled prisoners at Rye Hill and Wolds Prisons.
Over 50m turnover sponsored by DLA Piper
MKM Building Supplies: Founded in Hull, this is one of the fastest growing builders and plumbers merchants in the UK.
R&R Ice Cream: Northallerton-based R&R is the UK's largest manufacturer of ice cream.
SigmaKalon UK & Ireland: A Yorkshire-based paint business supplying own-brand paints to Homebase and B&Q as well as its own Johnstone's brand.
Individual Award for Yorkshire Excellence sponsored by the Yorkshire Post
Presented to the person judged to have made a major contribution to the region through success in business or public life.