Find out more about our generous sponsors below:
Our Event Partner
Bradford is a great northern city, home to enterprising and creative people with strong productive businesses. Being at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and the UK, Bradford offers competitive living and business set-up costs. It has one of the youngest populations in the UK making it a perfect place for businesses to make the most of upcoming talent and a growing economy.
The Council is committed to encouraging innovation and supporting businesses. Whether you are setting up a business, an established local company or are thinking of relocating to the Bradford District, Bradford MDC is willing to give you advice and support.
The SME of the Year Award
BHP is the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Yorkshire, providing high quality assurance, advisory, corporate finance and tax services. Our passion is helping business owners and leaders achieve their dreams and aspirations. We listen, understand and provide honest advice. Our innovative solutions deliver results.
With over 350 specialist staff and 38 sector-specific partners, BHP has in-depth expertise to deal with all aspects of financial affairs. From an award-winning corporate finance team to a nationally-recognised tax team, inward-investing businesses can be confident of the highest quality advice.
BHP is also a member of Kreston International, the 12th largest network of independent accounting firms in the world.
The Employer of the Year Award
We partner with water-intensive industries to solve complex water treatment and process improvement challenges with advanced chemical and equipment solutions for consumer and industrial markets. With a global infrastructure of facilities and experts, we are a specialty chemicals manufacturer built to help you meet your operational and sustainability goals, today and into the future.
We are also proud to point out that we are a 2021 US Best Managed Company. Learn about this prestigious designation.
The Social Mobility Award
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) operate by raising a small levy to pay for additional services to help boost the performance of participating businesses. This is usually a small percentage of Business Rateable Values, with the actual levy percentage varying depending on the area in question and the cost of the activities defined in the Business Plan. All BIDs are governed by legislation to ensure fairness and transparency.
We want everybody to share an ambitious vision for Bradford city centre. This BID has been designed to create a vibrant and prosperous city centre that attracts increased footfall from both local people and visitors from elsewhere, so that all our businesses flourish and prosper. Whether people live or work in Bradford or are simply visiting, our goal is that they are motivated to stay for longer, spend more and return more frequently.
The Sustainability Award
A leading business improvement and management consulting firm helping organizations become significantly more efficient, effective and financially profitable. We provide best practices Business Optimization Solutions to implement process, organization and technology improvements.
Excelledia Quality Consulting is a leading business improvement and management consulting firm helping organizations become significantly more efficient, effective and financially profitable. We provide best practices Business Optimization Solutions to implement process, organization and technology improvements. We do everything we can to provide invaluable local knowledge and expertise on a global scale while offering all our clients best in class service.
We carefully select our consultants in order to offer our customers foremost quality of expertise together with extensive experience of industry practices. We ensure our consultants have a substantial track record of executing major consulting assignments in order to achieve project assignment and execution excellence.
The Apprentice of the Year Award
Bradford College – Turning Your Passion into a Profession
Here at Bradford College, education, enterprise and employment are at the heart of what we do. In our 189-year history, we think we’ve learnt a thing or two about helping students achieve their dream career. We’re confident that we can turn what you love into what you do, by providing you with the skills and qualifications you need to secure employment after completing your course.
Whether it’s via GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships, vocational training or degrees, we provide hundreds of learning opportunities to around 20,000 students a year.
Based in the heart of the city, our students benefit from learning within our award-winning campus, in industry standard facilities to provide genuine commercial experiences, giving them the edge when it comes to applying for jobs or further studies.
Why not see for yourself at our next open event on 3rd July? Visit bradfordcollege.ac.uk/openevents to pre-book your place.
The Manufacturer of the Year Award
Thorite is a family-owned business, established in 1850, headquartered in Bradford, and has grown to become the UK’s leading independent supplier of air compressors, air tools, pneumatic and process products. We offer customers the most comprehensive range of market-leading and cost-effective compressed air equipment and technical support services to meet the needs of the UK’s manufacturing industries.
Thorite has 11 Sales and Service Centres around the UK, employing 130 people most of whom are based in our new UK Headquarters and national distribution centre, offering customers the most comprehensive access to quality compressed air, fluid control products, and system solutions from over 100 world-class brands.
The new Bradford headquarters offers industry accredited training facilities, compressed air systems solutions, full technical support, and aftermarket support services, including on-site surveys, installation & commissioning, field service, genuine manufacturer spare parts, and equipment hire & rental.
The Tech Award
Inspired by our past to help shape your future
With over 50 years of academic excellence behind us as a University, we continue to grow our international reputation, course provision, and research impact.
We have always been pioneers in developing new course subjects and modes of teaching, reflecting and anticipating the needs of employers, our students, and of society as a whole; our course provision and research strategy is designed in response to the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape.
Today our associations and networks span the globe; from strong links to leading local and national employers, to academic partner institutions, to the World Technology Universities Network, we are an outward facing institution committed to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge for the benefit of global society.
We have an alumni community of more than 140,000 graduates in over 175 countries worldwide.
The Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year Award
Christeyns UK is a leading supplier in the hygiene world. Its principal focus is the supply of detergents, supporting chemicals and engineering expertise for the commercial laundry and food and beverage sectors across the UK, with an additional focus on professional hygiene and manufacturing chemicals for the construction sector.
Having been part of the Bradford manufacturing industry for over twenty years, Christeyns has made an outstanding contribution not only to the region, but also in its influence on the future of the industry sectors in which it operates.
Apprenticeships are at the heart of company policy at Christeyns where a focus on employee development and continued innovation ensures the future of both the firm and the industry. Christeyns believes in providing a firm foundation for developing tomorrow’s leaders and is proud to sponsor the Manufacturing Apprentice category.
Website: www.christeyns.com Tel: 01274 393286
The Winner of Winners Award
Opened in 2015 and located in the heart of the Bradford community, The Broadway Bradford is the local leisure destination of choice. Whether you need your next fashion fix or the perfect gift for someone special, you’ll find everything you need all under one roof.
We provide our customers with the shops they want – from leading brands to fashion favourites, and over 80 top high street names. With an array of food and drink outlets, plenty of shops to browse, and a boutique cinema, The Broadway is your destination to shop, watch and eat.
The Family Business of the Year
At Packetts, we are proud to be one of the UK’s longest established and most respected Insurance Brokers, with a history dating back over 100 years, providing our clients with a service above and beyond what is expected.
We specialise in four main areas: Commercial SME, Not-for-Profit sector, Training organisations and Personal High Net Worth. Across these areas, we have built long-term relationships based on trust, understanding and service.
This commitment to our clients and service is reflected in our Chartered Status, a title currently held by only a small percentage of UK Brokers. This title is only awarded to firms committed to developing and maintaining the knowledge and capability of their people so they can deliver the highest quality advice as well as following a demanding code of ethical practices that put the client at the very heart of what we stand for.
As an independent business, personal service and quality of advice have always championed everything we do. It is why we are not just there for you when you need impartial expert advice on the type and level of insurance you need, we are also right by your side when the worst happens and you need to make a claim.
The New Business of the Year
Since our founding back in 2003, Exa Networks has become one of the biggest independent ISPs in the UK, delivering high-quality Internet services to schools and businesses of any size. With thousands of satisfied customers, we’re really the best choice for your organisation’s Internet services.
At Expect we offer a fresh, dynamic approach to logistics, one that focuses on reliability, flexibility and ultimately profitability of your business.
A family run business, and for over 30 years our award winning service continues to meet the needs of commerce and industry all over the UK.
130 vehicles and 4 sites, Employ in excess of 300 people.
Head office in Bradford adjacent to the M606, perfectly located for quick access to the motorway network.
A founder member of the Palletline network and experts in delivering bespoke logistic packages for our clients and building long term partnerships.
Reassuringly here, whenever you need us.
When it comes to legal advice, we do things differently.
We value personal relationships and allow plenty of time to get to know our clients and their businesses. With offices in Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield, our award-winning team of over 160 staff supports clients across the UK with corporate, commercial, commercial property, education, employment, debt, dispute resolution, environmental & regulatory, private wealth, residential conveyancing, restructuring & insolvency, planning, tax and wills.
Whether you are nominated for an award in the weeks ahead or become a sponsor, the evening will provide a unique opportunity to network, to celebrate and to thank colleagues on what we hope will be a beautiful summers evening. But businesses will need to book tickets early as interest has been encouraging.