There has been plenty of glitz and glamour on the business scene in this last month or so.
It is fair to say it has been awards season this summer in the business community - at least judging by the number of media releases the Free Press has received from local firms done good.
Here, business reporter Lee Peace celebrates some of the town’s top-performing businesses, each of which has recently picked up a top award.
Carpet firm Made By U may has only been in business for about a year but they picked up a string of accolades at the Carpet Recycling UK Awards in honour of their hard work and dedication.
The firm, which is based in the old Free Press office in Sunny bar, received the Best Newcomer Award and was highly commended in the Reuse Member of the Year Award category.
Meanwhile, Neil Green, project director of Made by U, was highly commended in the Recycling Champion Award category.
Mr Green said: “We are very pleased as this is a recognition of all the hard work and efforts everyone has put in.”
Judges were blown away after hearing how the company collects and reuses uplifted carpets to provide affordable carpeting to social housing tenants. Profits made help to sustain the neighbouring charitable cause M25 Housing and Support Group, which provides accommodation and training schemes to people affected by homelessness.
Meanwhile, Valor Hospitality Europe, the management company behind Holiday Inn Doncaster, was named ‘Best Employer’ at The Catey’s - the Oscars of the hospitality sector.
The company was commended for its “strong people culture, inspiring leadership and consistent business results driven through people engagement.”
Brian McCarthy, managing director of Valor Hospitality Europe, said: “With over 2,500 employees across our portfolio it has always been important to us that each one feels informed and connected to our business values. We have always taken pride in the way we do this and know that employees who take pride in where they work deliver better customer service which in turn means our hotel guests at the Holiday Inn Doncaster get the best experience possible.”
The company behind a waste treatment facility scooped a prestigious accolade for the eco-friendly way in which it processes thousands of tonnes of household rubbish.
The BDR and 3SE partnership won the Best Energy from Waste Initiative category at the Materials Recycling World National Recycling Awards in London in the same week it celebrated one year in business in July.
The partnership scooped the award in recognition of the Manvers-based waste treatment facility, which processes around 250,000 tonnes of waste a year from 340,000 homes across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
Since opening, more than 96 per cent of waste has been successfully diverted from landfill and the facility has created more than 40 jobs.
Councillor Roy Miller, chair of the BDR joint waste board, said: “This award is a fantastic achievement and proves that the BDR Waste Partnership really is working hard to improve the quality of our environment by helping to divert over 96 per cent of waste generated by residents in the three boroughs from going to landfill.”
The facility is the result of a partnership between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils and 3SE - a consortium of Shanks, an international waste-to-product business and energy company Scottish and Southern Energy. Pioneering machinery extracts recyclable materials from waste and the rest is turned into a fuel which is used at a power station in Ferrybridge.
Last month saw some of Doncaster’s best performing businesses gather at the Magna Centre in Rotherham for the annual City Region Business Awards.
It was the fourth year of the awards, which pull together award winners from ceremonies organised by the Doncaster, Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham and East Midlands Chambers as well as the Derbyshire Times newspaper.
In a special pull-out, the Free Press compiled a profile of each of the award-winners. They included Doncaster-based Brewster Pratap Recruitment for the Small and Medium-sized Business Award and Goldthorpe-based Building Product Solutions for the Business Growth Award.
And while the champagne may be on ice for the moment, let’s not forget the Doncaster business community’s biggest awards night is still to come.
The Doncaster Business Awards, organised by Doncaster Chamber and sponsored by Origin Broadband, is expected to attract several hundred visitors to Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday, December 8.
A 15th award category - the ‘Rising Star of the Year’, sponsored by Doncaster College, has just been added. It provides businesses with the opportunity to nominate and acknowledge an employee, aged between 18 and 24, who has a promising bright future and has already shown an outstanding performance over the past year within the workplace.
Cathy Hough, director of workforce development at Doncaster College and University Centre, said: “Doncaster College is proud to sponsor the new ‘Rising Star’ award, in recognition of the key role that apprentices play in business, and the positive impact that they can have on an organisation.”
The awards are now in their 18th year and are open for entry until Monday, September 19. To nominate and for details about tickets visit www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk