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Green Home Systems (GHS), members of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, are the National Winners of the Planet Saver award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023. Sustainability is at the heart of GHS. Its core business strategy and raison d’etre is to reduce customers’ energy use and lift families out of fuel poverty while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Henderson Group, members of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are the National Winners of the Workforce Developer award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023. They were founded by John Henderson in 1897 as a butter, cheese and egg retailer in Belfast. Over 120 years later they are still in the retail grocery business but have expanded and diversified significantly and now own household name brands such as Spar and Vivo.
Browne Jacobson, members of Chamber Wales South-East, South West & Mid, are theNational Winners of the Equality Trailblazer award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023.They are proud to describe themselves as the law firm for positive impact across business and society and have established a national reputation for their commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the legal profession.
Appointedd, members of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are the National Winners of the Global Player award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023.They are a globally recognised online booking and scheduling solution that has gained acclaim for its advanced technology. Renowned brands including Harrods, Moss Bros, M&S and Victoria’s Secret trust Appointedd to save time, boost revenue, and provide seamless booking experiences for their customers.
East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity, members of Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, are the National Winners of the Community Champion award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023. One of the projects the charity funds is the Butterfly Volunteer Service. The Butterfly Service makes a vital contribution to the Hertfordshire community, with volunteers who provide companionship to patients at the end of life at the Lister Hospital, if their loved ones cannot be there with them.
Fibrus, members of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are the National Winners of the Rapid Riser award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023.Fibrus is on a mission to bring full fibre broadband to digitally deprived and underserved areas of the UK. They have grown exceptionally since their launch in 2019 and particularly in the past 12 months, having now passed over 300,000 homes.
Flexi-Hex, members of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, are the National Winners of the Game Changer award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023. Founders and twins Sam and Will Boex are avid surfers and are also trained product designers. Their story began in 2017, when Sam’s new surfboard arrived by courier, wrapped in layers of plastic, secured with more plastic tape.
Concrete Canvas, members of Chamber Wales (South East, South West and Mid) are the National Winners of the Problem Solver award at the Chamber Business Awards 2023.Concrete Canvas are the inventors of a completely new class of material. From an idea at university, the two company founders have developed the material technology as well as all of the production machinery.
JMDA Design, members of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, is a multi-award-winning product design agency producing cutting edge, innovative designs to global clients.With a team of talented designers in UK offices, China and Italy, JMDA specialise in designing nursery products and child car seats. Excellence in Quality and International Trade is recognised by their prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, and their two Red Dot Awards for innovative design.
Gillingham Street Angels, members of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, is a truly worthy nominee for the Community Champion – Community Business of the Year award. ​Their exceptional dedication to facilitating, participating in, and enabling community engagement has made a profound impact on the community they serve.​ The organisation actively facilitates community engagement by providing a safe and supportive environment for local residents and the homeless.
Solupak Ltd, members of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, are pioneers in powdered cleaning products. They have been leading the field in eliminating single use plastics from cleaning products and removing water from the shipping process for more than a decade.​With an in-house cradle-to-grave approach, the 18-person SoluPak team innovates new products, manufactures, and distributes from its single premises.
Northumberland Football Association (FA), a member of North East England Chamber of Commerce, is a Regional Winner in the Equality Trailblazer category in the Chamber Business Awards 2023. As the governing body for football in north of Tyne, they are committed to championing diversity and promoting inclusion within the sport and the local community. ​
TMT First, members of Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, are an award-winning trusted provider of technology lifecycle services for the circular economy. Adam Whitehouse, the founder and visionary behind TMT First, has experienced a remarkable journey in establishing TMT First as a market-leader in technology lifecycle services.
OEE Container Technology Limited (OEE), members of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 2018 by Bruce and Susan Jones. Since inception they have since achieved significant and sustained growth internationally, recently achieving a King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
S&W Wholesale, members of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have a strong focus on community throughout the year, consistently supporting local charities and foodbanks around the Newry and Co. Down areas. When a major explosion happened locally, this was the catalyst for S&W Wholesale to start to collaborate even more closely with the affected local community.
Balfour Beatty Scotland, members of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, are a leading international infrastructure group with a wide range of diversity initiatives. They have an annual Value Everyone Plan, which is managed by a dedicated Value Everyone Steering Group, who meet every month to drive forward their D&I objectives. They are also are rolling out a national Right to Respect campaign, and their senior management team recently attended a 50-hour Anti Racism training programme.
Seasalt, a member of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, is a stylish and contemporary clothing brand that makes beautifully designed products woven with stories of Cornwall.In 2020, non-essential retail closed and Seasalt, which had 71 UK stores at the time, was hit hard. Seasalt invested millions in new technology, including new UK and international websites and industry-leading software allowing online orders to be fulfilled in stores.
GPW Recruitment, members of St Helens Chamber, are a Regional Winner in the Workforce Developer category, at the Chamber Business Awards 2024.Highly respected in the industry, their approach to nurturing and mentoring staff from ground level apprenticeships and above has had a beneficial effect on their overall business performance. After working with St Helens Chamber for almost 25 years, nearly 40% of their current staff have come through the apprenticeship programmes, with some now at senior and director level. ​
Kimal PLC, a member of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, is a Regional Winner in the Planet Saver category at the Chamber Business Awards 2023.As a responsible manufacturer and distributor of life-saving medical devices, Kimal is conscious of its environmental impact. Therefore, sustainability and energy efficiencies are driven throughout the business and through the Company’s suppliers.
Komatsu UK, members of North East England Chamber of Commerce, is a leading manufacturing business.Komatsu UK firmly evidences the importance of investing in its workforce through its competitive salary and benefits package, generous pension scheme, employee recognition awards and private medical insurance, plus its emphasis on training and development, investing c£150,000pa.​
SBD Apparel, members of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, is a market leader in supports, clothing and accessories for strength and fitness.They have consistently delivered year-on-year sales growth since inception, with their latest published accounts demonstrating 40% sales growth. Global demand for their market leading products continues to grow and 85% of their total sales are exported to 49 international markets.
Paragraf, members of Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, are a pioneering graphene electronic device company that was co-founded by CEO Simon Thomas whilst a research scientist at Cambridge University in 2018. The company uses a proprietary approach to manufacture graphene-based electronics that are capable of higher performance than today’s equivalents.
SoConnect, members of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, was founded after Campbell Fraser, fed up with the disjointed telecoms service businesses received, knew there could be a better way. He felt that companies needed seamless communication, fast internet and bespoke managed services that prioritised ‘happy customers, always’.
Smart Garden Rooms, members of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, had a business which relied on face-to-face contact with their customers to design dream garden rooms. This was a key USP for the business as that face-to-face Interaction was vital in creating relationships.​When Covid-19 struck, face-to-face consultations came to an end. The business had to adapt quickly to ensure that sales were not badly affected.
Richmond Fellowship, members of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, is a national mental health charity which has been Making Recovery reality for 60 years.​​​Their approach to learning and development, is to empower staff to feel confident in delivering the service to their customers at a high level. Richmond Fellowship organise a range of mandatory training and enhance this at a local level to meet the needs on the front line.
East Chase Distillers, members of Coventry & Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce, is an independent artisan distillery based on the outskirts of rural Kenilworth, Warwickshire.Co-founded by Richie Bartle, his journey from serving in the Special Forces to becoming a successful entrepreneur, showcases his ability to identify and connect with his target audience, while leveraging his unique background and passions.
Malvern Panalytical, members of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, make scientific instrumentation.Their people are diverse, highly-skilled and passionate, and their expertise powers the development and manufacture of instruments through to installation and application management.
First Class Support, members of Devon & Plymouth Chamber, is a multi-award-winning company that provides academic, employment, healthcare, and advocacy support to individuals (and groups) across the United Kingdom.Their Equality and Diversity Policy, as well as commitment to ongoing training, demonstrate how important it is to FCS to prevent discrimination and promote equal opportunity in all aspects of their service.
Dhillon’s Brewery, member of Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and award-winning microbrewery in the heart of the Midlands, was established with one goal in mind – To Keep It Re’Ale.Since the challenges of the pandemic, Dhillon’s Brewery has seen exponential growth in the last 24 months and now operates five venues, produces over 50 beers and ales, and hosts over 100 events each year.
CMAC Group UK, members of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, has built its business success on anticipating and finding innovative solutions to clients’ travel, transport, and accommodation problems, even in the most challenging circumstances.CMAC’s markets, which include private and public sector clients as well as train-operating companies and airlines, have changed dramatically in recent years.
Kier, members of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is a leading provider of infrastructure services.Making Ground is Kier’s prison engagement and employment programme. It supports serving prisoners and prison leavers into sustainable employment by offering different routes into Kier and the wider industry.
IMPAKT Housing & Support, members of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, aims to promote social inclusion for disadvantaged people by giving them the self-confidence, motivation, and resilience to overcome difficult circumstances.Their purpose is to end homelessness and they want to achieve this through the provision of person-centred support and care.
Strategic Management Partners, members of Sussex Chamber of Commerce, is an independent consultancy, based in East Sussex.Director, Clive’s business model is to supply SMEs with strategic innovation support, in partnership with universities, funding agencies and specialists in sustainability with unique affordability for start-ups and SMEs.
Splash Projects, members of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, are leaders in transforming teams and individuals through impactful community projects worldwide.They bridge the gap between businesses and not-for-profit organisations or charities, giving businesses and business schools the opportunity to fulfil their corporate social responsibility ambitions, to ‘give back’ and have a positive impact in their communities.
The Bee Centre, member of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is a unique self-funded business, founded through a passion for bees and the environment.Their mission is to demonstrate that sustainability businesses can be economically viable and need not rely on external funding. They believe that the environment is not a charity, and they are passionate in delivering a genuinely sustainable business model.
Wolo Foundation, members of Sussex Chamber of Commerce, are a charity that helps families across Sussex on their cancer journeys.After a cancer diagnosis of their own, the co-founders felt there was a real need for bespoke cancer support. Wolo offers practical and emotional help to improve the quality of life of families on a cancer journey.
McCulloch Group, members of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, is a company born in Ayrshire and built on innovation.Having operated out of Scotland for 30 years, with key partners including Network Rail, London Underground and the Paris Metro, they now have plans for global expansion, strategically targeting Europe, the Americas and Australasia.
GivEnergy, members of Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, believes that their business deserves recognition as the Planet Saver.Their unwavering commitment to sustainability is evident throughout their operations, and they have achieved remarkable results over the past year that set them apart in this field.
We Are Digital, members of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, has defied the odds, launched during a pandemic and achieved phenomenal growth in the highly competitive digital marketing market – all under the leadership of Managing Director and owner Gareth O’Rourke.In just over two and a half years, We Are Digital has showcased its rapid rise, consistently achieving remarkable year-on-year growth.