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Ward announced as double finalist in Derby Telegraph Awards

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Ward, the Derbyshire-based metal, recycling and waste management specialist, has been announced as double finalists in the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 in both the Employer of the Year and Company of the Year categories.

Now in their 6th year, the Derby Telegraph Business Awards represent the cream of the city and county’s businesses, ranging from innovative small businesses to top-performing large firms.

Derbyshire Live editor Julie Bayley said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the finalists on their nominations. The standard of entries was exceptionally high and it is hugely encouraging for the city and the county as a whole that so many firms decided to enter.”

Donald Ward, Commercial Manager at Ward, said: “This is the first time we’ve entered the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and being shortlisted as finalists in both these categories is a proud achievement for us as a local Derbyshire business.

“As an independently owned, fourth generation family business, being named as finalists in the Employer of the Year and Company of the Year category is a testament to the phenomenal hard work of the team here at Ward. To be recognised across both categories, amongst such stiff competition, is a brilliant result and we have everything crossed for the award ceremony in June at the Roundhouse.”

Organised in association with Champions (UK) Plc, the Derby Telegraph Business Awards’ headline sponsors are ITV, Derby College, Thomas International and Stirland Paterson Group.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner to be held at Derby College’s Roundhouse on Wednesday, June 5.

Recently, Ward was a double winner at the www.BusinessDesk.com Masters Awards, taking home the Large Business and Family Business of the Year trophies. It was also crowned Family Business of the Year and Fastest Growing Family Business at the 2018 Midlands Family Business Awards, which it will sponsor in 2019. As well as the two Derby Telegraph categories, Ward is now in the running for the National finals for ‘Family Business of the Year’, with the winner decided in June.

Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 – The shortlist in full:

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

  • The Gin & Rum Festival
  • Ward
  • YMD Boon

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

  • Bloc Digital
  • Hackwood Farm
  • ThreeGuru

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

  • Air IT
  • Midland Lead
  • Ward

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

  • Bear
  • White Peak Distillery
  • The Gin & Rum Festival

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

  • Alerter Group
  • Hot Pod Yoga
  • Mercia Image Print
  • Superior Spas

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

  • Bloc Digital
  • Busy Things
  • Future Proof

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

  • Derby Homes
  • Imperial Commercials
  • HL Plastics

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD

  • Rhodes Wealth Management
  • Sibbalds
  • Smith Partnership

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD

  • Cosy Direct
  • Gift Wellness
  • RDS Global

NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD

  • Derventio Housing Trust
  • Treetops Hospice Care
  • Headway

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

  • Morley Hayes
  • Oviso Financial Services
  • Silver X

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD

  • EPM Composites
  • HL Plastics
  • Stirland Paterson
  • Tidyco

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD

  • Anchor & Crew
  • Smith Partnership
  • Tecquipment

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • Midland Lead
  • Silver X
  • Xpertise Recruitment

EDUCATION SECTOR: BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY AWARD

  • Derby College Group
  • Chameleon School of Construction
  • University of Derby

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD

  • Gowercroft Joinery
  • Nowcomm
  • Xuper
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