The search is on for the best businesses in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Post today announces that entries are open to the 2018 Excellence in Business Awards as we seek to honour and champion the region’s first class business community.
For the first time in the event’s history we will be taking the event outside of Leeds and hosting it at the magnificent surroundings of York’s National Railway Museum.
DLA Piper, Grant Thornton, Yorkshire Bank and Yorkshire Water are all on board as main sponsors and the ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 1.
Mark Casci, business editor of The Yorkshire Post, said: “I know how much these awards mean to the region’s businesses and have seen at first hand the joy that winning one brings. We are thrilled to take the event to York this year and with the top quality sponsors who are joining us on this journey.
“Speakers and more sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks but in the meantime, I urge all companies to enter and show off their great work.”
Allison Page, managing partner at DLA Piper’s Leeds office said: “DLA Piper are once again delighted to be sponsoring the awards and remain eager to engage with some of Yorkshire’s largest and most vibrant businesses.
“Each year the quality of the submissions improve significantly which reflects the changing nature of Yorkshire’s business profile, with an increasing number of global businesses establishing themselves in the region.”
Andy Wood, practice leader for Grant Thornton in Yorkshire, said: “We have long viewed The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards as the most prestigious and rigorous business awards in the region so when the opportunity to sponsor the £10m-50m category arose last year we grabbed it with both hands.
“Many exceptional businesses entered last year’s awards and the judging process was extremely tough; I hope we will be similarly challenged again this year and we will meet more of the businesses who are driving a vibrant economy across our region.”
Gavin Opperman, customer banking director, Yorkshire Bank, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards.
“As Yorkshire’s leading bank for SMEs, we see companies achieving great things across the region and the awards are a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the business community’s standout successes and highlight the real value business delivers for the regional economy and wider community.”
And Richard Flint, chief executive at Yorkshire Water, said: “The Yorkshire Post’s business awards are a fabulous showcase of innovation and creativity in Yorkshire’s companies.
“We’re delighted to be backing this year’s awards and are particularly proud to be supporting the new award recognising achievement in the region’s digital and data analytics businesses.”
The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards include categories running across a range of themes, celebrating everything from large corporates to start-ups, and everything in between.
This year marks the launch of a new Innovation Award to celebrate best practice in the field in the development of new data-based solutions for industry at large.
Entries are being sought in the following categories:
Companies turning over more than £50m – Sponsored by DLA Piper
Companies turning over between £10m and £50m – Sponsored by Grant Thornton
Companies turning over less than £10m – Sponsored by Yorkshire Bank
The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Yorkshire Water.
Outstanding Employer of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Young Business of the Year
Commercial Space Award
2017 saw more than 650 entries and this year we want to comfortably exceed this total.
The awards have attracted a host of high profile speakers, including David Cameron, who attended when he was leader of the opposition, and the Chancellor George Osborne.
To enter the awards please visit http//www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/businessexcellenceawards. The deadline for applications is June 1.