A lookback on the businesses who have set the bar high for this year’s NPBA finalists

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Submitted by bwhite on Tue, 05/14/2019 - 14:04

There is now just two weeks to go until the Nottingham Post Business Awards and finalists are busily preparing their acceptance speeches as hopes of winning are felt across the 15 different categories.

The awards have become a staple among the local business community and are always praised for the opportunities they open both finalists and winners up to.

With this in mind, these businesses will be feeling the pressure, something nobody understands better than former winners.

So, as excitement begins to build, why not take the opportunity to look back on some highlights from last year’s event?

E-days went for double

The paperless absence management & leave tracking software company E-days went bold at last year’s awards by entering itself into two different categories. Used by more than 25,000 professionals worldwide, E-days proved to make the right decision as they scooped a double win.

Both the SME Business of the Year award and Sales & Marketing Award went their way.

Company of the Year went to one of Nottingham’s biggest business players

The most highly contented and most anticipated category of the night is without doubt the Company of the Year award. Looking at one business’ achievements such as market share and economic turnaround, UNiDAYS saw success last year. 

The student affinity network the app brings students exclusive offers and discounts with huge brands. On the night the business was commended for its 10 million student users worldwide, four million app downloads and a social media community of more than one million.

Apprentice Employer of the Year makes its debut

2018 saw the inclusion of several new categories, including the Apprentice Employer of the Year. The award was put in place to celebrate a business’ commitment to encouraging the next generation of professionals through its apprenticeship scheme.

Responsible for the successful progression of more than 50 apprentices since 2002, Fidler & Pepper Solicitors became the first ever business to lead the way in this award.

The Wilkins Group’s family values praised

Three generations of the Wilkins family have made The Wilkins Group a top player in printed retail packaging.

The business, which works with the likes of Tesco, M&S and Victoria’s Secret, were presented with the Family Business of the Year award last year. Despite rapid growth and more than 500 employees worldwide, the business still very much has family at its heart.

Following years of success at the East Midlands Conference Centre, the city’s premier event venue will once again be hosting the Nottingham Post Business Awards where guests are encouraged to enjoy all that is on offer throughout the night including a Champagne reception, three course meal and fundraising games.

The latter sits at the core of the business awards and is a vital opportunity to raise funds for one spectacular charity.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has been the official charity for this event for a number of years. The team at the hospice help brighten the lives of young children and teens who have life limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

As well as helping relieve symptoms, improve quality of life and providing a place for children to be children, the hospice also supports parents and families.

All attendees on the night are encouraged to dig deep for the worthy cause and ensure the hospice is able to continue its work in the region and beyond.

For more information about the Nottingham Post Business Awards, including the lowdown on all of the category sponsors and why they chose to support the event, visit: www.nottinghampostbusinessawards.co.uk

Alternatively, get in contact with Bethany White at Champions (UK) plc on 01509 85 29 27 or email bwhite@championsukplc.com.  

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