South Yorkshire’s Best Honoured

Barnsley’s Distribution and Warehousing company, Universal Components UK Ltd, were awarded the top prize at this year’s Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards event.

Universal Components walked away with the Business of the Year award, after triumphing over the competition at the ceremony.

This followed the companies earlier success in the ASD Lighting/Rotherham United Excellence in International Trade award.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Andy Giddings, was this year held at Magna Science Adventure Centre with nearly 500 guests in attendance to celebrate the achievements of the shortlisted individuals and organisations, sponsored by RNN Group.

The evenings individual awards were presented to; Ricky Curtis of Palmer Construction who was awarded the Apprentice of the Year Award and Michelle Bailey, Active Response Security, who picked up the Business Person of the Year Award.

Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Andrew Denniff said; “As always the evening was superb, reflecting all that is best in our City Region. My congratulations go out to all our winners and especially Universal Components, the Business of the Year.

“Our guests can certainly say that they were part of the “evening of the year” in the Sheffield City Regions business calendar, and all our shortlisted entrants can congratulate themselves in contributing to another successful event”.

During a special segment of the evening the Chamber recognised five companies from across the Region with a salute to business. The businesses celebrated a combined 500 years, with the largest accolade of the presentation being awarded to Oxley & Coward Solicitors LLP who were celebrating 225 years in business.

This year also saw the Chamber present their Charity of the Year award to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, who received £3000 in prize money, supported by Secure Power.

A full list of results is as follows:


The Enterprising Barnsley Most Promising New Business Award

Winner – Jump Inc.
Highly Commended – Bliss Internet
Highly Commended – Hatfield Energy Ltd


The Rotherham Together Partnership Business Community Impact Award

Winner – Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Highly Commended – Berneslai Homes
Highly Commended – Team Katalyst


The Steelphalt Harsco Design and Innovation in Business Award

Winner – Vertex Access
Highly Commended – ALcontrol Laboratories
Highly Commended – Spin Print Solutions


The Julie Kenny CBE, DL Apprentice of the Year Award

Winner – Ricky Curtis of Palmer Construction Ltd
Highly Commended – Kairon Flowers of Interserve Learning & Employment
Highly Commended – Molly Charlesworth of Magna


The Visit Rotherham Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Award

Winner – Calypso Cove Waterpark
Highly Commended – Carlton Park Hotel
Highly Commended – Jump Inc.


The ASD Lighting and Rotherham United Excellence in International Trade Award

Winner – Universal Components UK Ltd
Highly Commended – Numill Ltd
Highly Commended – Tadano UK Ltd


The Airmaster and Mitsubishi Digital and Creative Award

Winner – DEB Chartered Accountants
Highly Commended – Hydra Creative Ltd
Highly Commended – Spin Print Solutions


The Jeremy Neal Skills Development Award

Winner – The Source Skills Academy
Highly Commended – Jump Inc.
Highly Commended – Merlinsoft Ltd


The Brook Corporate Developments Manufacturing Excellence Award

Winner – Numill Ltd
Highly Commended – Building Product Solutions
Highly Commended – The RTN Group


The RNN Training Business Growth Award

Winner – Capital B Media
Highly Commended – Crystal Clean Service Ltd
Highly Commended – Roy Hatfield


The Academy for Chief Executives Business Person of the Year Award

Winner – Michelle Bailey of Active Response Security
Highly Commended – Lisa Pogson of Airmaster Air Conditioning Ltd
Highly Commended – Matt Travis of Enzygo Limited


Charity of the Year Award – In association with Secure Power

Winner – Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children
Highly Commended – Barnsley Hospice
Highly Commended – Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids


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