The Herald reveals nominees for Plymouth Business of the Year awards
A STELLAR list of the city’s leading businessesa and entrepreneurs are among the nominees for The Herald Business Awards 2013. The shortlist, revealed today, includes small and medium sized enterprises and nationally known companies.
Well-known city business characters will also vie for awards alongside up-and-coming faces as individuals are honoured too.
An experienced and high-powered judging panel drew up the shortlist after sifting through an enormous mailbag of more than 100 entries.After careful scrutiny they narrowed down the contenders for each of 14 categories.
Each category has three, four or five nominees. They represent everything from global exporters to the corner shop, with more than 30 businesses shortlisted.
Tasked with such a taxing job as finding a list from such a high-quality batch of entries were Richard Davis, chairman of Plymouth City Centre Company and a senior manager at Lloyds TSB bank in the city; David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Ian Brokenshire, senior partner at financial services firm KPMG in Plymouth; and Rachel Stephens, marketing manager at Drake Circus shopping centre. They were joined by The Herald’s editor Ian Wood, and Blanche Sainsbury, managing director of The Herald’s publisher South West Media Group, and a city centre Business Improvement District (BID) board member. “It was an incredibly strong and varied list of entries,” said Mr Wood. “We have come up with a powerful shortlist in each category. Each are great entries.”
And Mr Parlby, judging the awards for the fourth time, said: “The judging process this year proved to be exceptionally hard work as there were a large quantity of worthy entries, all of which named promising and successful companies of the highest quality.
“The Herald’s Business Award 2013 are a fantastic way for Plymouth to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those who continue to work hard for the success and prosperity of this great city.
“Despite the challenging task it presented, being a part of the judging panel has been a very enjoyable experience.”
The winners in each category will be announced at a plush black-tie awards night at the Holiday Inn, on the Hoe, on Thursday, April 25. Firms and organisations sponsoring awards this year include Wrigley, Plymouth Citybus, txtNation, Plymouth Better Together, Plymouth University, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, City College Plymouth, Wrigley, Plymouth City Centre Company, Drake Circus Shopping Centre and First Great Western.
Last year Pomphlett-based txtNation took the grand prize as business of the year and the Lifetime Achievement award went to Peter Vosper, of the Vospers Group car dealership.
SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES
THE Herald Business Awards 2013 shortlist of nominees in each category, in alphabetical order, is:
Business of the Year – Large: BD, Ginsters, Princess Yachts, Vi-Spring.
Business of the Year – Medium: Burts Chips, Langage Farm, Pipex Px, Underhill Engineering.
Business of the Year – Small: Bluestone 360, Mutant Labs, Simply Kitchens.
Manufacturing Business of the Year: BD, Princess Yachts, Vi-Spring.
Corporate Social Responsibility: Bond Pearce, Steria, Wolferstans.
Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year: National Marine Aquarium, Royal William Yard (Urban Splash), Tanner Brothers (Tanners Restaurant and Barbican Kitchen).
Social Enterprise: Education Through Expeditions, Fotonow CIC, Rhythm City Dance Studios, Zebra Collective.
Retailer of the Year: Fairway Furniture, Michael Spiers, the Original Pasty House, Peter Goord Travel, Simply Kitchens.
Customer Care and Service: Paul Edis at Mannamead Stores, Sonya McKay at Prudence Gowns, Steve Whiteway at Devon Contract Waste, Pauline Yearley at Drake’s Fine Jewellers.
Innovator of the Year: Mutant Labs, National Marine Aquarium, Plessey Semiconductors.
Green Business of the Year: National Marine Aquarium, Pipex Px, the Una Group.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Chris Dawson of The Range, Monique Hirshman of Drakesgroup, Mark Russell of Optimus Performance Marketing.
No shortlist has been revealed for the Lifetime Achievement and Editor’s Award – winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.