It was rather apt that the first ever Derby Telegraph Business Awards took place at the Roundhouse.
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What we had at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards was a collection of companies who are leading the county towards a better, more prosperous future. There are many more out there like them.
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With its technologically advanced wetsuits, Derby based HUUB knew it had a great product.
The awards were designed to cover every business sector and judges had an unenviable task of choosing winners from out of more than 200 entries.
But the main entertainment for the evening came from the suspense of waiting to find out which businesses had won the 13 Nike Lebron 13 Red
Founded in 2005, Collstream was one of the first companies to start offering strategic SMS, voice messaging, e mail, interactive voice response and web payment services to businesses.
But, from the atmosphere in the room at Derby College's stunning Roundhouse, you got the sense that this was not just a celebration of the individual success of some of our top performing companies.
In the end, the judges selected some very worthy winners firms like SureScreen Diagnostics, which carried off the Excellence in Science and Technology Award, Bowers Electricals, which won the Excellence in Manufacturing Award, and Tecquipment, which scooped the International Trade Award.
Today, it sends 10 million text messages a month on behalf of its clients and is a multi million pound business.
Telegraph Business Awards, which celebrated the achievements of some of Derbyshire's finest companies.
Derby has always been a pioneering city and companies like Collstream, which won Small Business of the Year, is a prime example of that.
This Denby based firm did not just survive the recession, it prospered during the downturn thanks largely to the vision of its management and also its bold strategy of investing in new products. A key ingredient to success is "the product" but in truth, it is no good having a great product if you don't go out and sell it.
it went out and marketed it to the world was the key to its success and the reason why it scooped both the Sales and Marketing Award and the Business Entrepreneur of the Year accolade for its founder Dean Jackson.
This year, the city is celebrating its 175 year association with rail and the Roundhouse building is a reminder of that heritage.
The event began with a drinks reception and, during the evening, a silent auction was held, raising thousands of pounds for the Rainbows Trust Children's Charity, which supports youngsters with life threatening and terminal illnesses.
Originally developed by George Stephenson's son, Robert, as the world's first railway roundhouse, the grade Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2014 Low Cut two listed building was reopened in 2009 as the home of Derby College after being faithfully restored.
And, sometimes, it is not about the profit you make but what you do with that profit. The work of RippleZ CIC, the winner of the Not for Profit Organisation Award, shows that helping others brings its own rewards.
Firms toast their success at first Derby Telegraph awards night
Company of the Year winner HL Plastics, which designs and manufactures PVCu window and door frames, conservatories, fencing, decking and piling, is one of those companies.
All of these stories went down well at the awards ceremony, held at Derby College's Roundhouse at an event cleverly organised and slickly run by the Derby Telegraph's partners, Champions (UK) plc.
But the awards didn't go as far back they w about Derbyshire's business achievements over the past 12 months. Co hosted by television and radio personality Paul Ross and BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies, the night was a sell out, with 550 people in attendance.
But the awards were not just about business success. They also recognised the contribution that companies and organisations can make to the communities they are part of, with Chameleon School of Construction proving a worthy winner of the Contribution to the Community Award.
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