The Sheffield Business Awards will return on Thursday December 9 to celebrate the achievements of Sheffield businesses, big or small – and with a special guest host, The Chase’s Paul Sinha! 

Taking place at Peddler Market’s well-known venue 92 Burton Road, the night of celebration will be hosted by award-winning broadcaster Paul Sinha.

The comedian, doctor, and broadcaster is one of the six quizzers on the ITV game show The Chase.

Paul started as a stand-up while working as a junior doctor in hospitals and has performed at nine Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows.

Sponsored by CMS, one of the largest law firms in the world, the event – organised by unLTD and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce – has been rebooted for 2021.

Richard Fidler, editor of unLTD, said: “Acknowledging the last 18 months of virtual working and life being turned upside-down, the 2021 awards will focus more on celebration than anything else.

“As part of this, the award categories have been rebooted, the entry process simplified, and unLTD and our partner Sheffield Chamber have ensured any business, social enterprise, or charity has the opportunity to shine.

“From our TV screens to the stage in Sheffield, we are really excited to have Paul Sinha join us for the Sheffield Business Awards 2021 – he is the perfect host for new-look, new-feel event.”

There are 14 award categories for the 2021 , with the following four part of our hotly contested categories:

Employer of the Year

This award recognises an organisation that excels in offering the most comprehensive work environment, either through the implementation of a learning and development culture, staff incentive schemes, recognition, remuneration and retention packages or health and wellbeing initiatives.

Aimed at any business from any sector, based in Sheffield or a member of Sheffield Chamber. The judges will consider why learning and development is important to the organisation, the details of the investment, commitment, support, and incentives given to staff. They will also look at evidence of how this culture has contributed to the business achieving outstanding success or helped make the organisation an employer of choice by embedding positive change through inclusion and diversity at the forefront of their business.

The Global Player – Best Exporter

This award recognises the strength of the region’s importers and exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they have generated significant and/or sustained growth in their international activity and/or presence.

The judges are looking for the level of growth achieved in exporting or overseas business (generated from exports, the growth in headcount or overseas operations), the percentage of revenue generated from international activity, innovative approaches to entering and establishing new markets, evidence of barriers that have been overcome, and the impact on overall business performance and projections.

The Above and Beyonder – Best Professional Services Company

Entrants for this category must outline how they have shown excellence in their specific sector and show how they have planned for future growth. This is an award all about delighting customers and is open to any businesses from the professional services sectors, based in Sheffield or a member of Sheffield Chamber.

The judges will be looking for what activities are responsible for sustained growth and success, details of how you have shown excellence in your specific sector, evidence of new or innovative services introduced over the last year and evidence of excellent customer service.

The Sheffield Maker – Manufacturing Company of the Year

This award recognises a company that demonstrates an efficient and innovative approach to manufacturing – exhibiting growth, improved commercial performance, increased market share and operational effectiveness.

The judges will consider the following:

  • Evidence of how your organisation has generated new or improved products, services and innovative processes that successfully meet the changing needs of the customer and business.
  • Increased commercial growth and/or market share
  • How a sustainable approach has improved commercial performance, competitiveness, employee engagement and customer value, which in turn has a positive impact on the environment
  • Lean methodologies that improve quality, cost, productivity, and waste reduction
  • Demonstrate investment in R&D that has generated good ROI

The other categories are The Brand Builder, Large Business of the Year, SME of the Year, The Innovator, The Automater, The Planet Saver, Social Impact Award, Start-Up Business of the Year, The Joymaker and The Visionary.

Sheffield Chamber executive director Louisa Harrison Walker said: “To reflect the changing business environment, this year the event is being run on a smaller, more exclusive, scale. As such, tickets are limited.

“To join us for a night of celebration and culinary delights make sure to keep an eye on our website. Priority tickets will first be available to shortlisted businesses and sponsors and afterwards, general tickets will go on sale on November 15 2021.

“We expect them to sell out swiftly – and would encourage anyone who wants to celebrate a year of doing business like no other, to join us at our event on December 9.”

Find out more about the awards by visiting sheffieldbusiness awards.org.uk