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Chamber Business Awards 2018: Celebrates best of British Business

The very best of British business was celebrated at the British Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards ceremony last night. The Chamber Business Awards, which is now in its 15th 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 TV presenter Jenni Falconer, to mark the outstanding achievements of both UK firms and Chambers of Commerce.

Northcoders won the award for Business of the Year, and as a prize will be invited to open the London Stock Exchange on March 7th 2019, the day the Chamber Business Awards 2019 are launched. They will also get the opportunity to work with RADA Business and join a one-day communication skills and impact course, and win a unique staff development experience for up to 15 members of staff from Facebook.

The award winners in full:

  • Education and Business Partnership – Northcoders, is a training establishment for adults, teaching them to code and then placing them in permanent jobs as software developers, their aim is to address the skills gap in coding. They also won the overall Business of the Year award.
  • Best Use of Technology – The McAvoy Group, a Northern Ireland based leading offsite construction specialist who uses technology to drive their business forward by improving overall growth.
  • Export Business of the Year – P C Henderson, a leading designer and manufacturer of hardware systems for sliding and holding doors, exports to over 70 countries and has offices in Ireland, the Netherlands and China.
  • High Growth Business of the Year – Join the Dots, a leading consumer insight agency has consistently achieved 20 percent revenue growth for the last 5 years and grown their client base in new markets across the globe.
  • Customer Commitment Award – MCP Property Services specialise in providing property repair and maintenance services to support social housing organisations, throughout their 40 years of trading looking after people has been at the heart of everything they do.
  • Small Business of the Year – Gnaw Chocolate, a luxury chocolate brand, carefully handcrafted in their Norfolk kitchens with locally-sourced ingredients, natural flavours and no added nasties.
  • Employer of the Year – Gripple Ltd manufacture wire joining and tensioning devices for agricultural, construction and civil markets. They are the global market leader with 15 percent market share and exports going to over 90 countries.
  • Digital Communications Campaign of the Year – Barker Shoes Ltd, a shoe manufacturer based in Northampton is an excellent example of traditional values and modern technology working hand-in-hand.
  • Workplace Wellbeing Award – Phoenix Group is the largest UK consolidator of closed life funds, they understand that keeping their staff engaged is the key to the success of their business.
  • Chamber of the Year – East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), supports 4,750 business through their membership and has an 86 percent retention rate.
  • Excellence in International Trade Services – Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, offers members a wide portfolio of services to enhance their international trade, including expert events and export finance.
  • Most Effective Campaigning Award – Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, has shown determination and a dedication to the local community, including the younger generation, on a successful campaign to open a University Technical College.
  • Excellence in Membership Services – Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce membership has grown by 26 percent over the last four years, and they are on track to achieve their target of 100 new members per month.

Commenting on this year’s awards, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Our awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the best of British business. I’m always amazed by the quality of entrants, and this year’s winners are shining examples of the diversity and innovation of UK companies, flying high both here at home and around the world. We should not only recognise and applaud their individual successes but the impact they have on local communities and the wider economy.”

Facebook said:

“We're extremely privileged to sponsor this year's Chamber Business Awards which recognise and celebrate the best of British business. Congratulations to all finalists on your determination, ambition and achievement. We have no doubt your success stories will continue and we wish you all the best for the future.”

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