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At Thomas International, we recognise the role of strong leadership in helping organisations to empower employees, shape the direction of a company and deliver results. An important component of our work with leaders and management teams is providing them with an understanding of themselves and their employees, how to get the best out of themselves and each other, as well helping them to make confident people decisions. Our assessments and solutions give businesses the ability to empower their leaders, creating maximum value for the organisation.

Through our sponsorship of the Leadership Team Award, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate and thank the teams that embody the true values of leadership.

Ciaran Morton- CEO, Thomas International

It is a pleasure and an honour that RDS Global are sponsoring this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards – as the region’s leading IT support specialists celebrating our 20th year in business we are delighted to share our enthusiasm for successful businesses and the city of Derby which we call home. These awards really do demonstrate the best the city has to offer and we look forward to attending this year’s event and recognize our fellow sponsors and award finalists as Derby’s finest.”

Sean Price, Director

Lubrizol is proud to support the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and are delighted to sponsor the Excellence in Science and Technology Award. Lubrizol Hazelwood is celebrating 70 years in the heart of Derbyshire and has fully supported the local community, local businesses and education sectors throughout that time.

By sponsoring The Science and Technology Award we are committing our support to the future of Excellence in this area, an area that we are passionate about and is essential to our business in Hazelwood, Derbyshire and throughout the globe.

Simon Griffiths, General Manager, Lubrizol Hazelwood

Mercia Image Print are proud to be supporting the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and recognising the business who has excelled at Sales & Marketing.  Being recognised by your peers is a tremendous accolade and one that all of this year’s finalists and the category winners should be very proud of.

The Derby Sales and Marketing Award is of particular interest to us.  We work alongside many creative companies and as one of the print industry’s most successful and longest established companies in this area, we know that maintaining the standards necessary to remain at the top of your game is not easy, but, with the right marketing plan, determination and the support of excellent staff, anything is possible.

Amanda Strong, Managing Director

Cathedral Quarter Hotel opened in 2008 in the heart of Derby’s historic Cathedral Quarter as Derby’s first boutique hotel offering accommodation, weddings, meetings, dining and cocktails. 


Cathedral Quarter Hotel is proud to be involved as sponsors at the Derby Business Awards again this year. It is a fantastic event recognising successful businesses in and around Derby. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Champagne and canape evening for all the sponsors and finalists in May.

James Blick, Cathedral Quarter Hotel
Company of the Year

Derby College works closely to the LEP priorities to ensure that students are equipped to make the smooth transition into employment.  By working in partnership with employers, we have created an innovative curriculum that meets the needs not only of our students but also of the business community. This provides businesses with the future workforce that has the right skills, knowledge and attitudes to make a positive impact on the growth of our economy and individual prosperity.

We are delighted to be supporting the awards again this year and to celebrating the contribution that the Company of the Year makes to the economic health of the city, county and beyond.

April Hayhurst, Deputy Principal, Employer and Economic Affairs
Small Business of the Year
Derby University

The University of Derby is committed to supporting a thriving modern economy with the valuable links we offer to research, knowledge, expertise and talent.  We provide a hands-on approach to innovation and skills development that is delivering benefits to businesses across Derbyshire and the wider Midlands Engine for Growth. We are delighted to once again play our part in this celebration of local business achievement and wish all award applicants the very best of luck.

Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, University of Derby
New Business of the Year

It was in 1867 that the Wheeldon Brothers, set up their joiners shop in Belper and began building new homes in and around Derbyshire. Today, Wheeldon Brothers remains an independent family company proud of its heritage.

We understand what people want and expect when looking for a new home and our ability to satisfy these requirements has seen us grow into one of the East Midlands best known and well respected property developers.

Understandably, we are proud of the homes our craftsmen build and our achievements as a team. We are firm believers that growth is based on well-placed foundations and we are delighted to be able to celebrate that same strength and passion, for the fourth Derby Telegraph Business Awards in 2017.

Andrew Startin, Director of Production
Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Here at Maple Accountancy our aim is to be the best accountants for owner-managed businesses, offering the range and quality of service that is usually reserved for larger firms.

Utilising our technical and commercial expertise, along with fresh thinking and an innovative approach, we create success by understanding our clients and our positive and progressive team work to build a relationship with each of them.

As a Derby-based business that works with a wide range of businesses, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and wish all those nominated the best of luck. 

Jennifer Priestley, Owner, Maple Accountancy
Excellence in Manufacturing Award
Janine Edwards

It is an enormous privilege for both myself and my team at Janine Edwards Wealth Management to be intimately involved in such a high profile event as the Derby Telegraph Business Awards, and to support the Excellence in Manufacturing category in particular.

I strongly believe that our best companies deserve real recognition and these Awards are the perfect way to go about it. There is much to be learnt from successful businesses and, by celebrating their accomplishments, we will incentivise others to follow in their footsteps.

My philosophy centres on establishing trust and building valuable, long term relationships and so I see these Awards as a wonderful opportunity to encourage a strong, tightly knit Derbyshire business community that works in the interests of everybody.


The Partner represents only St. James's Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group's wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group's website at www.sjp.co.uk/products. The title 'Partner' is the marketing term used to describe St. James's Place representatives.

Janine Edwards Wealth Management, Principal Partner Practice, St. James’s Place Wealth Management
Community Award

We are proud to be a part of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and to sponsor the Contribution to the Community Award, for the fourth consecutive year.  At intu Derby, we are committed to working with the community, from supporting local charities and community groups to working with local schools and education partners as members of the Derby Business in the Community cluster.  We are looking forward to celebrating and recognising businesses that have made contributions to the Derbyshire community this year. 

Adam Tamsett, General Manager, intu Derby
Not-For-Profit Organisation Award

Sellick Partnership is a Derby-based leading recruitment specialist operating across the Midlands. Our mission is to ensure that we always put people first to create the brightest future, and we are committed to working in partnership with our clients and candidates to ensure we add value at every opportunity. However, our focus is to provide more than just a recruitment service – we are passionate about how our business can make a real positive difference to the wider community.

Our business values – passionate, respected and engaging – lie at the heart of our company philosophy and, although the business has seen vast growth over the years, we continue to hold these values and aspire to achieve them at every level.

We have sponsored the not-for-profit category for the last five years because we firmly believe that their achievements and contributions to our region need to be recognised and rewarded. We would like to wish all of the 2017 nominees the very best of luck.

Nikki Kinsey, Associate Director
Champagne Sponsor
John Forkin

“Marketing Derby attracts inward investment into the city. Funded by our Bondholders, over 300 of the city’s businesses and Derby City Council we have won recognition for our work and are the global winners of the Financial Times fDi Magazine Award, for our Soft Landing Schemes.  

Marketing Derby is extremely proud to be sponsoring the Champagne Reception at the Derby Telegraph Business awards, a chance to recognise the hard work and great achievements of businesses across the region”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby

The Federation of Small Businesses is proud to be one of the sponsors at the annual Derby Telegraph Business Awards. We are thrilled to be sponsoring this prestigious event alongside a fantastic line-up of other sponsors. Derby is a thriving hub of many fantastic businesses, so we were extremely pleased to be able to shine a light on its vibrant local businesses and resilient entrepreneurs. The Awards are a brilliant opportunity for businesses to extend their networks, reinforce existing connections and celebrate achievements. We look forward to what is bound to be an extraordinary event

Natalie Gasson, Development Manager, FSB

Once again Smooth Radio East Midlands will proudly be in attendance at the annual Derby Telegraph Business Awards. We are delighted to be sponsoring the prestigious event alongside a fantastic line-up of other sponsors. Derby is the home of so many thriving and successful businesses, so when we were approached about this year’s event of course we jumped at the opportunity to celebrate our local businesses. These awards are always a great way for businesses to unite and form new connections so we always look forward to attending. 

Phil Hudson, Head of Commercial for Smooth East Midlands
Creative Industries Business of the Year

Mainframe is delighted to be sponsoring the Derby Telegraph Business Awards Creative Industries Business of the Year. We are a new initiative, based at QUAD, that aims to bring together a community of local digital & creative people and businesses. Mainframe is part of The Big House, a European Regional Development Funded collaboration, providing support in our area making it easier for digital & creative business to access the free regional help available to them. The awards are a fantastic way to highlight Derby & Derbyshires creativity and to recognize those businesses who are helping to put us on the digital & creative map.

Hana York, Marketing Manager & Charlene Sharp, Events Manager Mainframe from QUAD

‘Sky Recruitment Solutions are delighted to be sponsoring the Derby Telegraph Business Awards for the 2nd consecutive year, reinforcing our commitment to Derby’s business community. We proactively develop business partnerships throughout Derby and Derbyshire, and offer bespoke recruitment packages to suit the needs of our clients for Permanent, Temporary or Contract staffing. As members of the Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Derby bondholders, and partners of Derby College we actively promote local business in any way we can, and we passionately believe that the Derby Telegraph Business Awards allow us the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate Derby’s business achievements. Good Luck to all the nominees from the team at Sky Recruitment Solutions’

David Torrington, Managing Director

NFT are proud to be sponsoring the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and we are extremely impressed by the businesses applying for the International Trade category. NFT prides itself on delivering exceptional innovative solutions for our customers, keeping our commitments and operating with integrity. NFT are dedicated to supporting the Derby Business Community and we look forward to meeting the businesses involved.

Nick Winder, Director of Transport Operations