Business Awards host revealed

Barnsley and Rotherham’s annual Business Awards ceremony to be hosted by award winning TV and Radio broadcaster Stephanie Hirst.

Now in its ninth year, the awards are one of the most prestigious ceremonies to take place within South Yorkshire, celebrating the achievements, milestones and successes of businesses based within the region. This year, the event will again take place at Magna in Rotherham, on Friday, 19th October.

Confirmed as host for the 2018 event is Stephanie Hirst – best known as the host of Hirsty’s Daily Dose on Capital FM; a role which she held for eleven years. Stephanie started her career in radio aged just 12 years old and throughout her career secured her place as one of the most well-known and well-loved voices of radio in Yorkshire, Stephanie enjoyed a radio career which saw her host some of the biggest radio shows in the UK, such as the Sunday top 40 chart show ‘Hit40UK’.

Now a proactive LGBTQ supporter, Stephanie regularly hosts talks and Q&A’s in regards to gender and the broadcasting industry and has recently joined BBC Radio Leeds where she hosts ‘The Stephanie Hirst Show’ every weekday from 9am to midday.

Stephanie Hirst said:

“It’s a great honour to host these prestigious awards. Along with being born and bred in South Yorkshire, it’s so wonderful to see so many thriving businesses in our area and to be able to reward them for the commitment they make to the local business landscape.”

Andrew Denniff, Chief Executive, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said:

“As the voice of South Yorkshire, Stephanie is very well known throughout the region and we’re looking forward to providing a warm welcome when she takes to the stage to announce the winners of this year’s awards.

“For businesses who want to celebrate their success over the past year, now is the time to start thinking about entering this year’s awards. Businesses who are interested can find out more information via our website, which also contains some useful hints and tips for writing your entry.”

Award entry opens on Monday 4th June and a full list of shortlisted companies will be announced nearer the time. Sponsorship packages are also available and further information can be found at

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