The very best of British businesses were celebrated at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Awards ceremony last night. The Chamber Awards, which is now in its 11th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

Businesses from across the country came together at the gala dinner, hosted by, Fox Sports Presenter Georgie Thompson, to mark the outstanding achievements of both UK firms and Chambers of Commerce.

The award winners in full:

  • Young Person in Business Award and Business of the Year - Oliver Bryssau from Origin Broadband, a 25 year old who set up his own broadband business while studying for a degree, for his technical skills and ability to recognise talent in others, which have helped grow the company.  As a result of winning the Business of the Year award his company will receive a £10,000 cash prize.
  • Small Business of the Year – Titania, an IT security and software development firm from Worcester, for its clear strategy, ambitious objectives and solid business plan, leading to exports to 60 countries worldwide.
  • Achievement in International Business - A-Belco Limited, a manufacturing company for the oil and gas industry, based in the North East, for its remarkable 600% increase in export sales between 2011 and 2013.
  • Manufacturer of the Year – President Engineering Group, a company that design and manufacture products and solutions for the global energy market, for significant turnover growth over the past three years despite challenging times globally and in a difficult marketplace.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - David Brown, founder of VE-Interactive, which implements online efficiency strategies for e-commerce retailers, for building an extensive client list and 12 offices globally with remarkable turnover and profit margins, all within 5 years, and at the height of the recession.
  • Excellence in Innovation - Sepha Ltd, a specialist packaging company for the pharmaceutical and medical sector, for developing strong global sales in over 35 countries worldwide, delivering excellent customer service and a respected support network in all major pharmaceutical manufacturing markets.
  • The Sustainability Award - Larkfleet Group, a house building and development company, for its commitment to the environment and for heavily investing in sustainability focused research and development projects that benefit the wider sector.
  • Best use of Technology to Improve Business Performance - Pallet Track, a freight logistics company in Wolverhampton, for successfully implementing a web based system to communicate with customers, and drive forward a quality improvement process.
  • Commitment to People Development – CDE Global, an engineering company which produces washing equipment for quarries and mines, for putting innovation and people development at the centre of its business strategy.
  • Excellence in Membership Services - Northamptonshire Chamber, for developing a strategy, based on extensive market research, to improve overall customer experience and engagement with members, which resulted in an impressive 20% increase in membership over the last year.
  • Chamber of the Year - Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, for supporting over 1300 businesses from various sectors and achieving a 90% satisfaction rate. They also launched an innovative independent research unit, which supports members and economic growth in the area.
  • Excellence in International Trade Services –Black Country Chamber, for its continued commitment to serving the local export community. In partnership with the Black Country Growth Hub, they will shortly launch a programme to help businesses overcome the barriers to exporting.
  • Most Effective Campaigning –Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, for leading a successful campaign to upgrade the A14, and preventing a toll which would have had a detrimental impact on the local economy.

Commenting, Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“These awards are the perfect opportunity to thank British businesses, up and down the country, and across all sectors, for their contribution to our economy. I’m constantly impressed by their determination, innovation and commitment to investing in their local communities. I have no doubt that the winners and finalists of our awards will be tomorrow’s wealth creators, and will play a vital role driving forward the future prosperity of the UK economy. 

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Notes to editors:

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards took place Thursday 27th November at the Tower of London, and was supported by NFU Mutual, Dell, Heathrow Airport, BT Business, British Library, Utilitywise, DHL, Sky News, Westfield Health, Qdos Consulting and Composite Legal Expenses.

If you are interested in speaking to any of the winners or finalists, please contact the BCC press office.

Media contacts:

Natasha Downes – Press Officer

020 7654 5817 / 07768458077

Nick White – Press Officer

020 7654 5813 / 07825746812

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful network of 52 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors. For more information visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk