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Steph McGovern to present Excellence in Business Awards

Steph McGovern host for the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2016.'14 October 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Steph McGovern host for the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2016.'14 October 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Broadcaster and journalist Steph McGovern is to host the presenter slot at this year’s Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards after the event drew its second highest ever level of entrants.

Ms McGovern, who presented the awards last year, will host the gala awards event at York’s National Railway Museum on November 1, tickets for which are on sale now.

The Yorkshire Post is also delighted to welcome on board online gaming giant Sky Betting and Gaming and the prestigious York Science Park as sponsors for the event.

Leeds-based Sky Bet will take sponsorship of the Technology Award while York Business Park will back the Young Business Category.

They will join headline sponsors DLA Piper (companies turning over more than £50m), Grant Thornton (companies turning over between £10m and £50m), Yorkshire Bank (companies turning over up to £10m) and Yorkshire Water (Innovation Award).

This year saw a total of 221 businesses and individuals enter our awards.

Ms McGovern, who has presented a raft of BBC programmes including BBC Breakfast, Watchdog and on Radio 5 Live is a graduate of University College London.

Mark Casci, business editor of The Yorkshire Post, said: “I am absolutely over the moon at the fantastic level of entries we have received this year.

“I continually laud Yorkshire as being a world class centre for business and these entries show the region to be just that.

“From massive blue chip companies working around the planet to innovative start-ups we have it all and as a judging panel we will have our work cut out this year.

“I am also delighted to welcome back Steph to present this year’s event.

“Last year she had us rolling in the aisles whilst at the same time showing genuinely and real enthusiasm for the North’s business community. She is a class act and will do us proud.

“We cannot wait to hold this year’s event in York in November. Tickets are on sale now.

“They will sell quickly so do not miss out.”

A spokesperson for Sky Betting & Gaming said: “As a company that’s achieved so much thanks to being based in Yorkshire, Sky Betting & Gaming is honoured to be part of this celebration of regional entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in business.

“These awards are invaluable to recognise and share the many success stories shaping the future of our economy.

“We look forward to learning more about the many entrants who are breaking new ground with their vision and pioneering spirit.”

Janet Jay, at York Science Park, said: “York Science Park is delighted to be sponsoring the Young Business Award and extremely proud that the awards ceremony itself is taking place in the city where we have supported hundreds of inspirational companies in our 28-year history.

“As a leading provider of high specification, fully managed, flexible office and laboratory space, nurturing young businesses is at the very heart of our business strategy and the opportunity to be involved in such a prestigious event was not one we had to think twice about.”

Entries for this year’s Excellence in Business Awards are now closed.

Judging will take place at an as yet to be determined date in September with the shortlist to be published shortly thereafter.

Organisers are working on speakers for the evening with a number of exciting ideas being debated.

Categories for this year’s event are:

Companies turning over more than £50m

Companies turning over between £10m and £50m

Companies turning over up to £10m

Innovation

Apprenticeship

Leadership

Commercial Space

Entrepreneur

Young Business

Best Employer

Technology

Diversity

Exporter

Community Award

Lifetime Award

Last year’s big winners were Sky Betting & Gaming, Southerns and Big Change Apps.

Meanwhile the Individual Award for Excellence went to Hillsborough campaigner and North Yorkshire businessman Trevor Hicks for his tireless work on behalf of the victims of the 1989 disaster which claimed 96 innocent lives.

Tickets for the event are now on sale from www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/businessexcellenceawards.

The shortlist will be determined by a panel of the event’s headline sponsors and business experts from around the region.

The shortlisted companies will be invited to a drinks reception in honour of their achievement at a date as yet to be determined, most likely to be in September.

Entries are now closed until next year’s event.

For sponsorship enquiries contact Tracey Ball on tracey.ball@jpress.co.uk