Examiner Business Awards 2018 – The FM Company scoop Vizulate SME of the Year Award

Last night was our first experience of the Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards and we were blown away by the amazing people that work in and around the town, be they Managing Directors, Entrepreneurs, Receptionists, Artists, Beauticians, Technology Innovators or any host of job titles of people who made the shortlist for the various awards.

As category sponsors, it was an honour to present Garry Shuttleworth, Commercial Director of The FM Company with their ‘SME of the Year (up to 20 employees)’ award and commiserations to category runners up Paragon Oak and Towndoor.

We’d like to give a special mention to our own PR Consultant Alex Mason who was shortlisted in the hotly contested Young Entrepreneur of the Year category – we’ve be so impressed by Alex and having worked with him for 11 months now we’re sure it won’t be the last award he’s shortlisted for.

Thanks also to our guests for the evening, Pete Evans of Ventas Sales and Rob Young of Armstrong Deny Recruitment.

Thanks to everyone who put their hands in their pockets to make a donation to the chosen charity – Andy’s Man Club’ though not a member it is a cause that is very important to our director Scott Brant.

We hope to be involved in the awards again next year and look forward to another 12 months of business men and women making Huddersfield one of the best places to live and work.

Scott Brant, Garry Shuttleworth and Harry GrationThe Winners List

New Business of the Year, sponsored by Business Hub Kirklees, went to Lindley-based PAX Burger, the gourmet burger restaurant launched by renowned chef Eric Paxman in 2016.
The Creative Impact Award (sponsored by CityFibre) went to Martin Walsh Architectural, of Dewsbury.

Employee of the Year (sponsored by Pennine Business Partners) went to Kirsty Vickerman, a mental health practitioner at PROHMS Healthcare. She was described as one of the most hard-working and committed practitioners they had ever come across.

The Apprenticeship Award, sponsored by Syngenta, was won by Crowther & Shaw, where more than half of their engineers started out as apprentices.

The Innovation and Enterprise Award (sponsored by the University of Huddersfield) went to Donaldson’s Vets, established in Huddersfield a century ago. The practice has expanded massively and now has a £2m state-of-the-art veterinary hospital.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Kirklees College) was awarded to Mike Lomas, 27, of the Big Red Industries construction company.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (up to 20 employees) – sponsored by Vizulate Digital, went to The FM Company UK Ltd, a business which provides security and facilities services to other firms and is based in Aspley.

SME (21-50 employees) – sponsored by Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd – was presented to Honley-based furniture manufacturer Distinctive Chesterfields.

SME (over 50 employees) – sponsored by Fantastic Media – went to high-voltage power engineering contractors Smith Brothers of Elland.

Huddersfield Town FC lifted the Export Award, sponsored by HSBC, for its growing impact across the globe, thanks to promotion to the Premier League.

There was an individual triumph for Town’s commercial director Sean Jarvis, who was awarded Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Bramleys.