SLIDESHOW: Sheffield Business Awards 2015

And the winners are...

The best in business were crowned at a glittering gala celebration event in Sheffield.

Harry Gration, Jillian Thomas and James Mitchison

Harry Gration, Jillian Thomas and James Mitchison

More than 700 guests cheered the victors as they lifted trophies at a ceremony at Ponds Forge International Sport Centre.

Scores of companies had entered the 14 categories before judges whittled it down to a 60-strong shortlist.

Their final decisions were announced on a night hosted by BBC Look North legend Harry Gration.

James Mitchinson, editor of The Star, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be involved in an evening which honours so much outstanding activity.

BGT's Lettice Rowbotham entertains the guests

BGT's Lettice Rowbotham entertains the guests

“This prestigious event, in partnership with Sheffield Chamber, is seen as the premier business recognition ceremony.”

The winners:

Best use of Technology to Improve Business Performance Award, sponsored by Rare Creative: SleepCogni

Business in the Community, sponsored by Meadowhall: Sheffield Credit Union

Outstanding Achievements in Sports, Hospitality and Tourism Award, sponsored by Fitness Unlimited: Sheffield United FC

The Academy for Chief Executives Small Business of the Year: Redbrik Estate Agents

The Best Western Cutlers Hotel Education and Business Partnership Award: Sheffield United Community Foundation

The Doncaster Sheffield Airport High Growth Business of the Year: Diamond Dispersions Ltd

The Learning Unlimited Young Business Person of the Year: James Bird - SleepCogni

The Lupton Fawcett Next Big Thing Award: QUBA

The REDBRIK Excellence in Professional Services Award: The SEO Works Ltd

The Shorts Accountants Business Person of the Year Award: Marie Cooper - Parker President

The Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award: Parker President

The People Development Award: Office Friendly

Export Business of the Year, sponsored by South Yorkshire International Trade Centre: Pricecheck Toiletries Limited

Outstanding Business of the Year, sponsored by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce & Industry and The Star: Parker President

The Sheffield Chamber Charity of the Year: St Luke’s

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