The winners of the 18th annual Doncaster Business Awards 2016, sponsored by Origin Broadband, were announced at a glittering ceremony last night.
The evening at Doncaster Racecourse saw a record number of guests from the business community meet to celebrate and recognise business excellence in the town.
More than 920 people attended, which organisers Doncaster Chamber said made it the biggest business awards ceremony in the country. This year also marked the chamber’s 75th year anniversary.
Dan Fell, chief executive officer of Doncaster Chamber, said: "This year we saw over 90 entries from a greater variety of sectors than ever before – all with fantastic stories to tell and making a superb contribution to Doncaster, its economy and communities.
"The Chamber worked hard to ensure that the two-stage judging process of the awards was as rigorous and robust as possible. All in all, each winner and runner up was assessed by seven different people and scored independently so they were very deserving of their awards.
"I would like to congratulate all of our winners, runners up and finalists on their achievements.
"Thank to all of the Business Awards entrants, judges, sponsors, partners, suppliers and attendees for coming together to celebrate the success of Doncaster’s businesses."
The winners and runners up were:-
Excellence in Customer Service
Sponsored by Moirae Creative Agency
Winner – Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Runner Up – Wirquin Ltd.
Excellence in Marketing and Communications
Sponsored by Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust
Winner – The Earl of Doncaster Hotel
Runner Up – The Crown Hotel, Bawtry
Excellence in People Development and Training
Sponsored by Taylor Bracewell LLP
Winner – Ardagh Glass
Runner Up – Togel Contractors Ltd.
Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
Sponsored by Handelsbanken
Winner – Keepmoat
Runner Up – Ardagh Glass
Success Through Partnership Working
Sponsored by Castle Park, home of Doncaster Knights
Winner – The Scotts Miracle Gro Company
Runner Up – First South Yorkshire
Success Through Innovation and Diversification
Sponsored by JP Walton & Son
Winner – CH Power Tools Ltd.
Runner Up – Wirquin Ltd.
Success Through Overseas Trade
Sponsored by NatWest
Winner – Bawtry Carbon International
Runner Up – Saria Ltd.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Rising Star of the Year
Sponsored by Doncaster College
Winner – Antonia Dowie, The Crown Hotel Bawtry
Runner Up – Amelia Williams, Doncaster Racecourse
Business Person of the Year (35 & Under)
Sponsored by Sheffield City Region Growth Hub
Winner – Alex Dowie, Keyhole Creative Media Ltd.
Runner Up – Vicky Chapman, Chapman Physiotherapy Ltd.
Business Person of the Year (36 & Over)
Sponsored by Keane Creative
Winner – Michael Hart, Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust
Runner Up – Andy Ellis, Doncaster Deaf Trust
Third Sector Business or Organisation of the Year
Sponsored by HSR Law Solicitors
Winner – The Partially Sighted Society
Runner Up – Club Doncaster Foundation
Business Start Up of the Year
Sponsored by Business Doncaster
Winner – The Apothecary Salon
Runner Up – Pristine Commercial Cleaning Services Ltd.
Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Allotts Chartered Accountants
Winner – Mount Pleasant Kennels Ltd.
Runner Up – Chapman Physiotherapy Ltd.
Medium Business of the Year
Sponsored by Frenchgate Shopping Centre
Winner – ProAktive
Runner Up – Robinsons of Bawtry
Large Business of the Year
Sponsored by Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Winner – Unipart Rail
Runner Up – Togel Contractors Ltd