City celebrates range of business skills

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THE spectrum of local skills and entrepreneurship was highlighted at the annual Sheffield Business Awards.

Companies ranging from engineering specialists to bus operator Stagecoach won prizes, and there were accolades for the likes of Darnall Post Office, which is now run by a community group, Darnall Forum, and the Steve Mehdi’s proposed Man of Steel sculpture next to the M1.

But it was LabLogic Systems Ltd that came out on top at Friday night’s ceremony at Ponds Forge, clinching two accolades.

The company - designers, developers and manufacturers of software and instruments for the medical and scientific industries - was named

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry Outstanding Business of the Year.

They also took home The P&A Group Excellence in International Trade and Business Overseas award, after a successful year which has seen them

experience significant growth in overseas markets.

Dr Sipra Deb from the Play Arena, was awarded the Begbies Traynor Business Person of the Year accolade, whilst Lewis Bowen, managing director of

Geco Industries, scooped the Sheffield College Young Business Person of the Year Award.

Other winners on the night included the Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield International Venues and Sheffield City Council Partnership, Rare Creative

Group Ltd, VOICE Marketing Ltd, Newburgh Engineering Co Ltd, Doodle Bag at Bag It Don’t Bin It, The Man of Steel landmark sculpture for the

Sheffield City Region (Sheffield Icon), Westfield Health, Stagecoach in Sheffield and Darnall Post Office.

The Sheffield Business Awards, which is now in its 11th year, are organised by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, in association with headline sponsors

Elevation Recruitment.

Yorkshire magician and comedian, Paul Zenon, was compere for the evening, and Sheffield based magician Steve Faulkner was also on hand to showcase his tricks.

Chamber president Jon Stewart said: “Seeing the diverse range of small and large businesses, as well as public and private sector organisations, really highlights the vast expertise of the Sheffield City Region.

“Our city’s skills and achievements are also emphasised in the diversity of the sectors recognised at the awards, including manufacturing, sport and community. I hope the success stories from the event inspire both existing and future businesses and that we can continue in this positive way to help drive our region’s economy forward.”

www.sheffield businessawards.org.uk.