The winners of this year's Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2017 revealed
Meet the champions shortlisted in for the Mail's Business Awards 2017
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Nov 2017
Hull and East Yorkshire’s leading businesses and top employers were recognised for their achievements at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2017.
The awards were held at a packed KCOM Stadium and honoured the outstanding contributions from regional business across a wide range of sectors, from digital innovators to historic manufacturers, and year-old start-ups to multi-million pound employers.
The awards demonstrated the vibrant business landscape of Hull and East Yorkshire, shining under the spotlight from this year’s City of Culture celebrations.
There were also two special awards given to public and private sector organisations to mark their work in helping this year of culture be an undoubted success.
The venue was buzzing as Mike Pennington, managing director of the Hull Daily Mail, launched the proceedings.
Speaking to the shortlisted nominees he said: "It is great to see so many people yet again supporting the awards and nice to see so many familiar faces in the packed audience, some who I have not seen for some time. A record number of people are here tonight along with a record number of entries.
“The city, over the past 12 months, has changed beyond all recognition. The coverage we have received locally, regionally, nationally and internationally has been way beyond all our expectations.
“Hull is definitely a city on the up and on the UK map more than ever before, most of which you will hear about tonight.
“However for me it’s all about the legacy and the sustainability in years to come for the city encouraging people to come back.”
Mail editor Neil Hodgkinson said: “It feels like there is an unprecedented amount of investment and support, with people finally recognising the raft of talent we have available in Hull and across east Yorkshire.
“This year has also seen other significant investments bearing fruit, with Siemens producing the first wind turbine blades from its state-of-the-art Alexandra Dock facility. But there is still so much more to come.”
The evening’s keynote speaker was Dave Fishwick, the man behind the BAFTA award-winning show The Bank of Dave.
The self-made millionaire, best known for his exploits on the small screen, has made his mark as a salesman, turning a business started with just £250 into the UK’s largest minibus supplier.
It made him ideally placed to talk to the audience about entrepreneurism and how he became a business success story.
The winners of the Business Awards 2017
Training and Development, sponsored by University of Hull: Advanced Plastics Limited
Exporter of the Year, sponsored by ABP Humber: Burgess Pet Care
Community Involvement, sponsored by Arco: Wrygarth Inn
Innovation and Technology, sponsored by BP: APD Communications
Green Award, sponsored by Siemens: Leaves of the World
Customer Focus, sponsored by Jelf Insurance Partnership: Beverley Motor Works
Business of the Year (small), sponsored by Smailes Goldie: GW Power Safe
Business of the Year (medium), sponsored by HSBC Commercial Banking: Integra Buildings Ltd
Business of the Year (large), sponsored by Gosschalks solicitors: Spencer Group
Employee of the Year, sponsored by Cranswick Foods: Neil Hall of Vulcan Windows
Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Sewell Group: Tom Mellor of Wold Top Brewery
Young Achiever of the Year, sponsored by Swift Group: Amy Knight of EskimoSoup
Tourism and Hospitality, sponsored by First Hull Trains: Tapasya@Marina
Best Support Service, sponsored by KRL: rradar
Culture award (Private sector), sponsored by BAE Systems: MKM Building Supplies
Culture award (Public sector), sponsored BAE Systems: Hull City Council
Lifetime Contribution Award: sponsored by KCOM: Simon Lunt of Gosschalks