Don’t leave it ‘until the last petal falls’ for business glory!

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Feb 2018

A FAIRYTALE ending will await for some, but the stars of the South Bank’s vibrant business community are being urged not to leave it too late to enter. 

The 2018 Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards are looming, with the deadline for entries set for March 6, now less than a fortnight away. 

With a Beauty And The Beast theme, those with success to celebrate are being urged to be bold and put themselves forward.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Last year saw Scunthorpe construction firm GS Kelsey succeed, taking a top honour.

Matthew Robinson director of GS Kelsey pictured left with Helen Fospero and Steve Norton who received the lifetime achievement award

Matthew Robinson, director, said: “We had the privilege of receiving the business excellence award in 2017. It is on display in our reception as a constant reminder that hard work pays off. 

“It is an accolade we are immensely proud of and one that helps demonstrate to customers our commitment to quality and exemplary business performance. The awards ceremonies are thoroughly enjoyable and well organised. Overall, a great event that celebrates local business.”

To enter log on to www.nlincsba.co.uk.

Awards criteria 

  • The Grimsby Carpet Warehouse Small Business of the Year Award

Award overview: This award recognises the progress in terms of business growth and development made by a small business over three years old in the Northern Lincolnshire area which has less than 25 employees and a turnover of less than £5m. Applicants need to demonstrate through their application how they have made significant progress as a small business.

Judges want: Businesses which are able, committed and enthusiastic and which have set themselves on the road to achieving clearly laid out goals for future growth and success.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED: Samantha and Paul Beatty receive their award from Myles Shaw, left, watched by Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce North East Lincolnshire area council chair Kevin Hopper and host Helen Fospero.


  • The ABP Business Growth Award

Award overview: This award recognises the Northern Lincolnshire based business which has significantly grown its workforce, turnover or profit since last year. Applicants need to demonstrate through their application how their business has experienced positive business growth.

Judges want: A business of any age that can demonstrate proactivity in their planning. A company that moves forward with enthusiasm, imagination and energy, with an eye on a sustainable future for itself.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

GROWTH: Paul Walmsley with his award, from ABP Humber director Simon Bird right, with Helen Fospero and Rob Bradley, Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce North Lincolnshire area council chair.


  • The Wilkin Chapman Business Person of the Year

Award overview: This award recognises the Northern Lincolnshire Business Person of the Year. Nominees can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party.

Judges want: A business person who stands out from the rest as a leader with excellent communicative skills and that 'X' factor that brings success at every level.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

BUSINESS PERSON: Steven Bennett, second left, receives the award from Wilkin Chapman senior partner Mark Carlton, watched by Helen Fospero and Kevin Hopper.


  • The International Trade Award

Award overview: This award recognises a Northern Lincolnshire based business which has significantly grown its international trade in the past year. Applicants need to demonstrate through their application how they have experienced significant growth in international trade either through imports or exports.

Judges want: Businesses of any age that can demonstrate growth in international trading and are pro active in their planning. A company that moves forward with enthusiasm, imagination and energy, with an eye on a sustainable future for itself.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

GLOBAL REACH: The Cat Tech team with the award, with Rob Bradley, left, and Helen Fospero, second from right. 


  • The Bridge McFarland New Business Award

Award overview: This award recognises the development made by a northern Lincolnshire based new business which is less than three years old at the time of application. Applicants need to demonstrate through their application how they have made significant progress as a new business.

Judges want: New businesses that deliver vibrancy, moving forward in a structured way that balances occupational and business skills successfully in order to overcome challenges and facilitating continued success.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

NEW BUSINESS: Qualiluminar's David Webster, Andrew Hunter and Mark Webster, receive the award from Bridge McFarland partner Jacqui Johnson, left, watched by Kevin Hopper and Helen Fospero. 


  • The Franklin College Young Entrepreneur of the year Award

Award overview: This award recognises that entrepreneurs find new and innovative solutions, invent new products and services, or find fresh ways of looking at age-old problems. Great entrepreneurs find ways to re-invent markets, usually by understanding what customers actually want, rather than what they may have been putting up with for years.

Judges want: Applicants, aged 30 or under, need to demonstrate through their application how they have shown an entrepreneurial spirit and how they aspire to be the next generation of business leaders, transform the face of industry, create jobs and contribute to the vibrancy of the local area.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR: Liam O'Leary, third right, receives his award from Paul Lee, flanked by Helen Fospero and Rob Bradley.


  • The North East Lincolnshire Business Development Award

Award overview: This award recognises the contribution a business has made to the local economy. Applicants need to demonstrate how they have contributed to the economic success of the area.

Judges want: A business which chose North East Lincolnshire to develop its business over the last five years. The award is aimed at both inward investment companies and businesses already situated here.

The judges are looking for a company that has applied a policy of employing local people, contractors and suppliers and can demonstrate positive sustainability and impact for the future.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

DEVELOPMENT: Paul Walmsley, second left, receives his award from Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, flanked by Helen Fospero and Kevin Hopper. 


  • North Lincolnshire Business Investment Award

Award overview: This award recognises the contribution a business has made to the local economy. Applicants need to demonstrate how they have contributed to the economic success of the area.

Judges want: A company which chose North Lincolnshire to develop its business. The award is aimed at both inward investment companies and businesses already situated here.

The judges are looking for a company that has made a financial investment to grow their business and applied a policy of employing local people, contractors and suppliers and can demonstrate positive sustainability and impact for the future.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

YES! Lindsay Cates, second right, and team, flanked by Rob Bradley and Helen Fospero.


  • The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award

Award overview: This award recognises organisations within the private or public sector. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate, through their entry, how implementing training and staff development brings measurable benefits which creates real business impact for the organisation.

Judges want: To see evidence of how training has supported their organisation's business objectives and how it has made a real impact to their organisation.

The entry should be supported by staff case studies, showing how the individual has benefited both professionally and personally from the training.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

TRAINING EXCELLENCE: David Fenwick, centre right, receives the award from Gill Alton, with - from left - director Roy Gibney, general manager Robert Wilson, Kevin Hopper and Helen Fospero.


  • DFDS Excellence in the Community Award

Award overview: This award recognises a successful Northern Lincolnshire company whose approach to corporate and social responsibilities demonstrate a positive impact on the community.

Judges want: A business of any age or size that demonstrates its commitment to its local community and demonstrates evidence of being a good neighbour. Successful applicants will show that they have a proactive plan to engage with and develop a sustainable local community and that they fully support their employees to engage in community activity.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

REWARD: Tony Woods, third left, with sponsor Sean Potter of DFDS, Helen Fospero and Rob Bradley.


  • The HBP Systems Innovation Award

Award overview: This award provides recognition to those businesses that have found and developed new solutions to business growth or competitiveness, be it inventions or fresh thinking.

That thinking is normally based on great vision, good consumer or customer understanding, and new processes or systems. The innovation can be both internal and external to the business as long as it has driven real financial benefit.

Judges want: Businesses that are forward looking, having explored, exploited and implemented innovative ideas. Businesses will have driven real financial gain to their businesses from these ideas through internal or external changes to any of their processes, products or systems.

Their examples can be built on sharing best practice, working collaboratively with others, or new and unique solutions.

Enter here: Official Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards website

TOP OF THE PILE: Shane Traill, front, with the award, with team members, and, from right, Helen Fospero, Rob Bradley and sponsor Phil Denham.


  • The Forrester Boyd Business Excellence Award

Award overview: Not open to applications, this award is chosen by the judges and given to a company that has stood out among all the nominations for all categories and deserves a special mention.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE: GS Kelsey, with Matthew Robinson, right, Andrew Kelsey centre, Kevin Hopper, third from right and Helen Fospero, left.


  • The Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraphs Lifetime Achievement Award

Award overview: This prestigious award will go to someone who has had a significant and positive impact on the local business community over a number of years.

There will be no nomination process or shortlist published.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Steve Norton receives the award from David Laister, watched by Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce president Phil Ascough and Helen Fospero. 



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