Awards shows go online in a display of resilience

and Nottinghamshire were held online due to coronavirus restrictions. But it didn’t take the shine away for finalists, who


tuned into a live broadcast via YouTube after being chosen from 220 entries. Winners in the 13 categories across each of the

Business Awards, headline sponsored by Mazars, had sent in their “reaction” videos to be screened if their name was read out.

‘Just because things are different, it doesn’t mean they’re any less special’

There were new awards for Environmental Impact

and Generation Next – Young Professional of the Year. An overall Business of the Year was also awarded in each county. PR Marriott Drilling was named Derbyshire Business of

the Year, sister companies db automation and Premier Bowl Feeders were crowned the Leicestershire Business of the Year, and managed services provider Air IT captured the Nottinghamshire Business of the Year title. The ceremonies, hosted by BBC Radio Nottingham

presenter Frances Finn, had been pre-recorded at ‘AV IT Media’s studio in Derby. Scott Knowles, chief executive of the Chamber, said:

“Clearly, 2020 has been full of new experiences for us all and this is certainly not how we expected this year’s event would be held when we launched back in February, but like many things over the course of the

iving rooms and kitchens were the setting for guests of this year’s East Midlands Chamber Business Awards as celebrations went virtual. For the first time, the three awards ceremonies for Derbyshire, Leicestershire

past eight months, just because things are different, it doesn’t mean they’re any less special. “There is so much to celebrate within our business

community, which has really shone through during what has been a very challenging period for many. Throughout this time, there have been some incredible examples of real business success. We’ve been in awe at how many companies haven’t just stood still and clung on for their lives, but have continued to innovate and grow their way through the crisis. “We are in the middle of an economic recovery and

these are just the kinds of businesses we should be highlighting when we’re shouting about everything the East Midlands has to offer. We know it’s a great place to do business and these are living proof. “All of this could not be possible without our

sponsors. In 2020, their support has been especially huge, and it means a lot that they have stood alongside us in these strangest of times.” Chamber president Dawn Edwards, a past winner of

the Nottinghamshire Entrepreneur of the Year Award, added: “East Midlands Chamber’s Business Awards showcases the very best of businesses in the region. Many of us have heard distinctions and comparisons made between the three counties, but there’s a lot more that brings us together than divides us. “There is innovation, resilience, fortitude, pride and

generosity in everyone in our region, and it is the latter which means that whichever of the three counties you are in, there is an overwhelming sense of community. “The tales of resilience and honesty in some of the

submissions we received for the awards was truly humbling. The platform and promotional opportunities that come with winning at the Business Awards are wonderful, but the sense of pride and feelgood factor – not just for the recipient but for their team, supply chain and their customers – is equally, if not more, important.”


Derbyshire Business of the Year: PR Marriott Drilling, based in Chesterfield, is the UK’s largest onshore deep drilling company. It operates more than 25 drilling and workover rigs, as well as

providing drilling and associated services to industries including oil, gas and geothermal in the UK, Europe and other international markets.

Leicestershire Business of the Year: Premier Bowl Feeders and db automation are sister companies, based in Lutterworth, at the cutting edge of automation technology. Premier Bowl Feeders produces feeding solutions for automation machinery, while db automation manufactures bespoke automation systems for the pharmaceutical, medical and ocular sectors. Holding company PCE Group received a Queen’s Award for

Enterprise in International Trade earlier this year following a rapid rise in its export operation.

Nottinghamshire Business of the Year: Air IT is a managed service provider (MSP) based in Sandiacre, offering services such as fully converged IT solutions, managed support, communications, cyber security, digital transformation, cloud and business intelligence solutions. It climbed 40 places to position 142 in the global rankings of the

2020 Channel Futures MSP 501 list, an industry league table. It also placed ninth in the UK and number one in the East Midlands. Earlier this year, it received investment from private equity firm

August Equity Partners LLP, and recent acquisitions of London-based Netstar UK and Birmingham-based Microtrading doubled its headcount to 140.

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BBC Nottingham presenter Frances Finn was the virtual awards host

Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles

The awards were filmed for live broadcast on Youtube

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