Notts: County’s entreprenuers shine at North Notts Business awards

Speed Screed scooped the Company of the Year award
Speed Screed scooped the Company of the Year award

Retford’s Speed Screed Limited scored top marks with the Independent Judging Panel to be crowned Company of the Year 2015 at last week’s North Notts Business Awards ceremony at Worksop college.

The thrilling evening was shared by 160 Notts business people, the biggest awards ceremony the region has enjoyed to date.

Proving they are a top firm all round, the Apprentice of the Year Award also went to Speed Screed Limited’s Arron Baker.

A delighted Andy Parkin, managing director of Speed Screed Limited, said: ““At Speed Screed we are currently on a journey of sustained growth and to be recognised by our piers for our achievements along the way is satisfying beyond words.”

Matthew Murphy, commercial parent at sponsors Ilett & Clark Solicitors, said: “If you needed any more evidence that North Not is a great place to establish and grow your business look no further than the North Notts Business Awards. Ilett & Clark Solicitors are delighted to be the lead sponsor.”

Retaining their titles, Lynx Black Belt Leadership Academy won the Business Community Partnership Award, whilst Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd was the triumphant winner of the International Trade Award for the third year in succession.

This year also saw Kara Wilkinson Holmes, of The White Horse Inn Barnby Moor, regain her thrown as Business Person of the Year.

One of the loudest cheers of the evening was received upon the announcement of Broomwagon Velo Café as winners of the Best Guest Experience Award, as voted for by the general public.

Business owner Heidi Cotton said: “We don’t do quiet and subtle at Broomwagon, but I think that’s why we’ve been so well received in our first year. Needless to say, we’re so proud!”

The inaugural Social Enterprise of the Year Award was won by Bread & Roses CIC who was also the recipient of the proceeds from the new Charity Auction. High end luxury lots all donated by generous local businesses included a Glamping Weekend from Clumber Park National Trust and uniquely framed Strictly Come Artwork by the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, courtesy of Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd. The auction raised over £500.00 for the award winners.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Company of the Year Award

Speed Screed Limited

Sponsored by Ilett & Clark Solicitors

Business Person of the Year Award

Kara Wilkinson-Holmes

Sponsored by Speed Screed Limited

Successful New Business Award

Karkli Ltd

Sponsored by Fidler & pepper Solicitors

Apprentice of the Year Award

Aaron Baker,

Speed Screed Limited

Sponsored by HBPW LLP

International Trade Award

Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd

Excellence in Customer Service Award

Fidler & Pepper Solicitors

Sponsored by the Bassetlaw Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses

Business Community Partnership Award

Lynx Black Belt Leadership Academy

Sponsored by Edwinstowe House

Social Enterprise of the Year Award

Bread & Roses CIC

Best Guest Experience Award

Broomwagon Velo Café

Sponsored by Frost Car Care

Best Independent Retailer Award

My Little Cottage

Sponsored by Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd

Best Tourist Attraction Award

Bassetlaw Museum

Sponsored by Wright Vigar Chartered Accountants