It hasn’t been an easy year for any business to navigate with the lockdowns and changing restrictions. Remarkably, the businesses in Derbyshire showed their conviction and commitment to the county, some even going further than surviving and instead thriving.
Making sure this hard work from our local business community is commended, the DerbyshireLive Business Awards, in association with Champions (UK) PLC, is putting on an extra special event.
With many awards and titles to be handed out to worthy winners, the exciting evening will be filled with positivity and triumphs, something we are all in need of.
The highly anticipated event will be held live at the Derby Arena on Thursday, October 21. This year’s headline sponsors are Invictus Communications, Futures, Diginius, Derby Arena and Derby College. To find out more, visit the official website. For tickets, contact Michelle Roberts, [email protected]
The Start-Up Business of the Year category, sponsored by Wheeldon Brothers, celebrates the companies across the region that have been in operation for a maximum of three years. The finalists below are some of the region’s brightest new businesses who are already making waves in their industry. Not about to stop soon, the achievements of these businesses contribute positively to the local economy and community due to their hard work and ambition.
The finalists of Start-Up Business of the Year are:
A forward-thinking handmade doughnut bakery, Project D has re-imagined how the popular sweet snack is perceived and presented.
A mission to create the ‘world’s best doughnut’ took Project D on a research trip around the world. This culminated in two artisan bakeries, a raft of pop-up store experiences and partnerships with Amazon and Coca Cola.
Its distinctive pink branding and ‘D’ logo has been used to launch youth-oriented clothing merchandise with streetwear label Ratchet. The range seamlessly incorporates fashion trends with their own branding, fortifying the youthful, fun feel of the Project D brand.
Colleague Box offers a personalised, gift boxing experience, ideal for sending to work colleagues and potential or existing clients. It also offers non-corporate gifting, tailored to friends, family and loved ones.
Colleague Box was born of the pandemic and initially launched to help employees reach their teams at home. It delivers directly to workplaces to encourage engagement, reassurance and motivation. The boxes have been frequently used at virtual get-togethers, award ceremonies and as part of marketing campaigns. Customisation in the form of individual or brand aligned messaging is a core part of the Colleague Box experience.
Velez Managed Services
With 20 years of working knowledge, Velez Managed Services is an IT services team entrusted with handling server, storage and networking technologies across a range of industries.
With a commitment to understanding the business models of its clients, a bespoke service is provided by a team of expert remote and one-site engineers. Velez Managed Services has a presence in more than 180 territories with offices in the UK, North America, Spain and Kosovo, allowing for a continent-wide 24/7 availability every single day of the year. A mission to upscale technical skills cost-effectively, intelligently and globally drives the company’s solution delivery ethos.
The DerbyshireLive Business Awards 2020/21 categories are:
Company of the Year Sponsored by University of Derby
SME Business of the Year
Start-Up Business of the Year Sponsored by Wheeldon Brothers
Business Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by HUUB
Employer of the Year Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Customer Service Excellence Award
Professional Services Sponsored by EVAD
Excellence in Innovation Award Sponsored by Derby City Council
Contribution to the Community Award Sponsored by Lubrizol
Family Business of the Year Sponsored by Invictus Communications
Apprentice Employer of the Year Sponsored by Futures
Not-For-Profit-Organisation Award Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Education Sector: Business Engagement and Employability Sponsored by Rolls Royce
Best Digital Transformation Sponsored by RDS
Excellence in Manufacturing Award Sponsored by ACE Sameday Couriers
Excellence in Business Growth Sponsored by Dains Accountants