The winners of this year's Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2017 revealed

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 awards were held at the KCOM stadium

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.

Host Helen Fospero

“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.

Some of this year's guests

“Big businesses have backed the region with major developments planned at RB and Croda in Hull and Tricoya at Saltend Chemicals Park.

“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.”

Read more: Hull and Humber Top 30 Under 30 launched to recognise young talented employees

The evening’s keynote speaker was Dave Fishwick, the man behind the BAFTA award-winning show The Bank of Dave.

Hull Daily Mail editor Neil Hodgkinson

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

The Hull Daily Mail Business Awards

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

Start-up Business of the Year, sponsored by Horncastle Group and MKM Building Supplies: Sauce

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

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