Even coronavirus can’t stop the Leicester business community from celebrating success

Niche Business Awards sponsors, ambassadors and prestigious judging panel come together online to reveal this year’s semi-finalists.

 

The semi-finalists of the Niche Business Awards have been announced this evening after hundreds of nominations poured in during the first four, more stable, months of the year.

When the effects of COVID-19 hit hard in March, the deadline for nominations was extended to mid-April. The extension saw an increase in nominees put forward.

Jenny Cross, CEO of Cross Productions and founder of the Niche Business Awards, said: “People are really searching for positivity right now.

“I believe business owners have taken time to reflect as they look to adapt their businesses to thrive and survive in the current pandemic and entering awards such as our own really enables them to reflect, often reminding themselves of the great achievements they have made so far in business.

“Since lockdown, we’ve witnessed on the news acts of bravery, kindness, and tear-jerking moments where communities have all come together. I’m witnessing this daily as I see members of the public and business owners all coming together every day to support one another.

“There is a real sense of community spirit where we are seeing businesses champion one another wanting to shine a light on positive experiences to continue to invest in, and drive the local economy.”

The semi-finalists are normally announced as part of a Niche Networking event that takes place each year. As quarantine has currently limited all events and gatherings, the organisers took to the internet to announce the judges selection.

For those thinking of applying next year, Jenny says the application process itself could be beneficial: “For those thinking of applying next year, it is definitely worth taking the time to address.

“Taking valuable time out to write your application will encourage you to revisit your business achievements which on a day to day basis you would often overlook. These are things we should be sharing, in these achievements are lessons and these lessons we can share with up and coming businesses to help enable growth.

“Being entered for an award – whether you were nominated by someone outside the business, or the business nominated itself – also sends a positive message to employees. It generates company pride impacting on job satisfaction, productivity and retention. You will often find it plays a positive role in recruitment, attracting people to a successful company.”

The annual Niche Business Awards ceremony is scheduled as usual for the first Friday in September. With situations as they stand and the continues changes to government guidance the event organisers have made contingency plans to move the event if need be. This is not something that can currently be forecast.

The 2020 semi-finalists of the Niche Business Awards are:

 

 

BEST NEW BUSINESS

Sponsored by HOLLINGSWORTHS SOLICITORS

The Lettings Business

Turnaround CEO

Willsow

The Secret Garden

Mosaic Business Growth

DLT Roofing

 

 

FAMILY BUSINESS

Sponsored by EVERARDS

Charles Bentley & Son

The Lettings Business

Imperial Roofing

JSP Virtual

Nico Properties

Samworth Brothers

 

 

BUSINESS GROWTH

Sponsored by THE LETTINGS BUSINESS

Imperial Roofing Supplies

Moore Security Systems

Mosaic Business Growth

Paradigm Wills & Legal Services

Pattersons Commercial Law

QDTS Construction

 

 

BEST SMALL BUSINESS

Sponsored by LEICESTER CASTLE BUSINESS SCHOOL

MamaBabyBliss Leicester

Fraser James Blinds

Messy Senses

Paradigm Wills & Legal Services

XCLUU

Imperial Roofing Supplies

 

 

DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by GROWTH PARTNERS PLC

Trident

Unity

Serendipity

Rhino Software LTD

Anicca Digital

Orange Fox Studios

 

 

INNOVATION IN BUSINESS

Sponsored by ER RECRUITMENT

Willsow

Micro-Fresh

ChatHealth

Lead Balloon Studios

Spotted App

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RISING STAR

Sponsored by THE TURNAROUND CEO

Nicole Martin – Core Aquatics

Claire Herbert – Gateley PLC

Arif Voraji – Help the Homeless Leicester

John Woodcock – Voluntary Action Leicester

Maxine Eversfield – ER Recruitment

Amy Allcock

 

 

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by BP LEGAL SOLICITORS

Furnley House

Everything Branded

QDTS

Premier UK Events ltd

AJIB

PRP Consulting

 

 

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Sponsored by KAZZOO

ER Recruitment

Soar Valley Press

Elite Accounting Services

UFIT

Paradigm Wills & Legal Services

Paragon Sales Solutions

 

 

LEICESTERSHIRE CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by MORNINGSIDE PHARMACEUTICALS

Bamboozle

Focus Charity

Leicester Children’s Holidays

Menphys

Shama Women’s Centre

Wooden Spoon Charity

 

 

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Sponsored by TORR WATERFIELD

Bilingual Day Nursery Ashby

CKI School of Martial Arts

DMU Works Enterprise

Dorothy Goodman School

Lionheart Academies Trust

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Sponsored by THE MILLER PARTNERSHIP

2 New Street Chambers

Furnley House

Paradigm Wills & Legal Services

Rutland House Counselling

Pattersons Commercial Law

Hollingsworths Solicitors

 

 

BUSINESS MAN OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by PATTERSONS COMMERCIAL LAW

Phil Houlder – Glenfield Electrical

Shaf Islam – Chutney Ivy

Terry Benson – QDTS Construction

Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold – Corporate Architecture

Paul Rowlett – Everything Branded

Simon Winfield – Red Monkey Play

 

 

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by PARADIGM WILLS AND LEGAL SERVICES

Andrea Gray – PPL PRS LTD

Estelle Keeber – The Mums in Business Association

Tajinder Banwait – Urban Apothecary London

Gemma Orton – Mocha Marketing

Claire Herbert – Gateley PLC

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