BMB Awards 2020: Meet Our Sponsors

BMB Awards 2020: Meet Our Sponsors

The Business Awards 2019, will take place in the grandeur of a huge awards Marquee, to be located in the heart of the district on City Park in Bradford.

Thursday 18th July will see an amazing red carpet, black tie awards evening taking place, with a full drinks reception, meal, entertainment and the awards under the canopy of a luxury marquee providing an impressive backdrop in front of City Hall and next to the beautiful Mirror Pool.

We now have our sponsors for the Bradford Means Business Awards 2019, find out more about them below:

Armstrong Watson:  Sponsoring Family Business of the Year 

Armstrong Watson is the largest independent accountants, business and financial advisers in the North of England and has been supporting, advising and protecting businesses for over 150 years.

Their values and culture are essential to their success and are why they recognise the importance of celebrating the businesses and individuals, who are making valuable contributions to the region’s economy.

The Bradford Means Business Awards 2019 is a perfect example of how we can recognise local and regional business and most importantly the people behind them.

Skipton lead office Partner Rohan Day says,

“Armstrong Watson is very proud to be sponsoring the 2019 Bradford Means Business Awards. This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the people, the businesses and the organisations that make our region a special place to be. We’re very proud of our county, where people want to live, work and do business, and it’s important we nurture and recognise the talent that contributes towards the local and wider economy. These awards provide deserved appreciation for those who make such a valuable impact in so many different ways; inspiring others, raising aspirations, offering new opportunities and increasing the profile of Yorkshire”.

The Broadway: Sponsoring Winner of Winners

The Broadway Shopping Centre has quickly established itself as one of Yorkshire’s premier shopping destinations.

The Centre boasts more than 90 stores and eateries including prolific high street names like Debenhams, M&S, Superdry as well as the new sociable cinema chain, The Light.

Located in the heart of Bradford, The Broadway links the historic Little Germany and Cathedral Quarter areas, and is easily accessible by car, bus, rail or on foot.

BHP: Sponsoring SME Of the Year

BHP is the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Yorkshire. BHP is proud to act for many of the leading SMEs in the region; providing high quality assurance, advisory, corporate finance and tax services.

With over 300 specialist staff and 31 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.

PWC: Sponsoring Community Contribution of the Year 

PwC is one of the world’s leading professional services organisations. They partner with businesses of all sizes from start-ups through to large corporations to solve the important problems that really matter.

They help clients tackle complex business challenges, improve how they work and create the value they need to make the biggest impact in their markets. The new Bradford based Competency Centre is part of their mission to offer clients unrivaled market leading services within assurance.

With their brand-new Competency Centre, they want to make sure they engage and contribute to the Bradford community.

What better way to support the community than by sponsoring a Business Award such as the ‘Contribution to the Community’ award which recognises the commitment that others are making to help Bradford be the best it can be.

Thorite: Sponsoring Manufacture of the Year

Thorite, a family owned business established in Bradford in 1850, has grown to become the UK’s leading supplier of air compressors, air tools, pneumatics and process products. They offer customers the most comprehensive range of market-leading and cost-effective compressed air equipment to meet the needs of the UK’s manufacturing industries.

They have developed into an 11-branch operation across the UK, employing 130 people most of whom are based in the Bradford head office and national distribution centre. With a multi-million-pound global sales operation, they offer customers the most comprehensive access to quality compressed air and fluid control products.

As active members of the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) they are at the forefront of the compressed air industry, maintaining the position as the leading compressed air and fluid power supplier in the UK.

City Training Services: Sponsoring Apprentice of the Year

As an established training provider, with over 30 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships, commercial training, traineeships, work placements and bespoke employer driven programmes, we are proud to be at the heart of the City of Bradford. Employing a skilled and experienced workforce, our missions and the strategic aims of the organisation.

Their mission is to provide a comprehensive service of high-quality employer engagement and training to support the needs of employers.

Bradford BID: Sponsoring New Business of the Year

Bradford’s new Business Improvement District (BID) is now fully up and running and starting to deliver projects to meet its Business Plan.

Based at their offices on North Parade, the BID team are working on the four “Pillars of Success” – Clean, Safe, Alive and Promoted – which make up the Plan. Each pillar features carefully-defined projects, suggested by local businesses, aimed at ensuring the city centre is a more welcoming place for all who visit.

Bradford BID will operate for five years following a successful ballot in late 2018 when almost 80 per cent of the businesses who took part voted in favour of setting it up. BIDs operate by raising a small levy to pay for additional services to help boost the performance of business within the city centre.

Bradford’s budget will exceed £500,000, meaning £2.5 million will be invested in the city centre over the 5-year term.

NatWest: Sponsoring the Drinks reception

Expect Distribution: Sponsoring Wine 

Expect Distribution is a family owned and run transport and warehousing company based in Bradford. They have over 30 years’ experience in the logistics industry, offering clients a fresh, dynamic approach to transport, warehousing and contract logistics.

They have over 100 vehicles travelling across the UK, delivering over 400,000 pallets each year and providing a professional and reliable service with every consignment.

There contract division will provide a higher volume client with a bespoke, cost effective method of outsourcing all or part of their logistical requirements, whether they are warehousing related, distribution related or both.

Expect operates warehousing sites across West Yorkshire housing over 60,000 pallets in a range of configured facilities to fulfil any requirement. We can provide fully managed 3PL onsite solutions or they can warehouse your product within one of their state of the art sites, bringing significant cost benefits to your business.

Napoleons: Sponsoring Menu

There is so much more going on at Napoleons than just a casino, they serve mouth-watering British food complimented by an exciting wine list in our fantastic 120-seater restaurant. With bars in the restaurant & on the gaming floor you can enjoy a drink while you decide what to do next.

Members celebrate their birthday with them and for parties of four people or more, the birthday girl or boy eats for free!

We all know Napoleons Bradford is the perfect place for parties and celebrations, so simply dine with them in a party of four people or more to take advantage of this great offer.

Solenis: Sponsoring Employer of the Year

Solenis is a leading specialty chemical company and provider of process and water solutions.

The Bradford site is one of the largest and most productive single site chemical plants in the UK, and has been manufacturing in Low Moor for over 60 years. The site primarily manufactures products used to enhance industrial processing in various industries such as papermaking, mining, oil extraction and wastewater treatment, as well as manufacturing ingredients used in home and personal care products, such as thickening agents. The site is approximately 38 acres with 9 main production facilities and approximately 600 employees. It has an excellent safety and environmental record and enjoys strong links with the local community.

Solenis combined with BASF in February 2019, to operate under the Solenis name as a global specialty chemical company focused on paper and industrial water technologies.

The Bradford Chamber: Sponsoring Entertainment

The Bradford Chamber is a membership organisation, connecting, supporting and representing businesses to help them grow.

Membership offers legal and HR advice, debt recovery, discounted healthcare, profile in a quarterly magazine and a directory listing.  The experts in the Chamber International team provide documentation, certification, consultancy and training services for importers and exporters.

Through networking events you can meet new contacts, promote your business and join discussions at business lunches, pure networking events, social impact awards and the Bradford Chamber Annual Dinner.  There are specialist groups and events for manufacturers, professionals and those in property.

Your views and concerns on current business issues are shared with the policy makers and influencers on a local, regional and national level.  They’re connected to Chambers internationally too, helping you to trade globally.

For more information on Chamber membership please contact their membership team on 08455 240 240, email or visit their website

Juice Media, Aagrah, Cobra and Sparq: Joint sponsorship of Customer Service of the Year

AD:Venture: Sponsoring Business Entrepreneur of the Year

AD:VENTURE – Funded support to help your business start-up and scale-up

  • Is your business less than 3 years old?
  • Are you trading with other businesses?
  • Do you have growth plans?

You’ll have your own advisor allocated to you who will help you create a bespoke growth plan for your business. The programme also offers growth grants and support with access to finance.

They offer a wide range of professionally delivered workshops – Marketing, Branding, Sales, HR, Finance, Grants & Funding, Business Planning, Strategy, Leadership, Pitching and Networking – They’ve got it covered!

AD:VENTURE can support businesses in or locating to: Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York (within the Leeds City Region)*

Mitton Group: Sponsoring Job Creator of the Year

Mitton Group is one of the UK’s leading building services specialists, providing both mechanical and electrical building services solutions for new and existing structures, serving clients in industries as diverse as retail, chemical, education, construction and manufacturing.

Continuing investment in infrastructure, people and skills has placed Mitton Group in a strong position in the building services industry. Underlining this is the Group’s ongoing commitment to increasing energy efficiency and optimising systems to reduce energy consumption. Mitton teams works closely with clients to find the drivers most applicable to their businesses, engineering solutions designed to achieve their goals.

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. For ticket sales please contact Lauren Wood, 01274705222. We look forward to seeing you in July!