Staffordshire Business Award Finalists Revealed

Last week the Staffordshire Chamber announced the finalist to the 2017 Staffordshire Business Awards. They reported an overwhelming response with hundreds of entries across the 13 categories.

Several categories proved very popular with over 30 entries for the category sponsored by Grindeys Solicitors, the Most Promising New Start - Up Award. Entries were received from all areas of the County, including Burton, Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rugeley, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth.

Staffordshire Chambers Chief Executive, Sara Williams, said: “After launching the awards two years ago, it is great to see how the entrees have developed and by far exceeded previous year’s in terms of quality. We see this as a testimony to the healthy state and award-winning potential of businesses within Staffordshire. I would like to thank the judges for their dedication to the task and all of the businesses who took the time to enter. Many congratulations to all of our finalists and commended businesses.”

The Award Steering Committee has now met to review all the entries with the objective of identifying a small number of shortlisted finalists for each category. This proved incredibly difficult, but after a full day of deliberation the finalists were identified and can now be announced (see below).

All finalists will be visited by the judging panels, with the winners announced at a gala awards evening at the Staffordshire County Showground on Thursday 6 July 2017. Four hundred guests from across the county are anticipated, where they will enjoy a delicious three course meal and celebrate the achievements of the Staffordshire finalists.

Finalists for the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards 2017

Digital Award sponsored by Staffordshire University­

Capula Ltd


ExtraMile Communications Ltd

Risual Ltd

Employee of the Year sponsored by KMF Group

Helen Staddon – Risual Ltd

Jane Oliver – Strategy Solutions Ltd

Kayla Poole – Alice Charity

Marie Bloor – Ruff & Ruby Youth Charity

Michael Garrigan-Hindley – Moorland Contract Cleaning Ltd

Employer of the Year sponsored by Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford Colleges Group

Freeths LLP

KMF Group

Pure CF

Environmental/Low Carbon Award sponsored by Keele University

Smart Innovations Grid Ltd

Stone Computers Ltd

The Wool Packaging Company Ltd

Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre

International Trade Award sponsored by Department for International Trade

Cobra Biologics

Eurostar Global Electronics Ltd

Simple Stuff Works Associates Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by Michelin

Advertising Constructions Ltd

Alpha Manufacturing


Small Business of the Year (1-50 FTE's) sponsored by Staffordshire Business Environment Network (SBEN)

Caja Ltd

Fleet Operations

JHPS Gardens Ltd

The Wool Packaging Company

Medium / Large Business of the Year (> 50 FTE's) sponsored by Dains Accountants

M&M Group

PSR Solutions

Red Industries Ltd


Wardell Armstrong LLP

Most Promising New Start - Up Business sponsored by Grindeys Solicitors



True Grit Training

Wealth Design Group Limited

Professional Services of the Year sponsored by finest

Caja Ltd

Dukes Bailiffs Ltd

Freeths LLP

Mitten Clarke Ltd

Retail, Leisure & Tourism Award sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Nelson’s Gin Distillery and Gin School

Science, Technology & Innovation Award sponsored by University of Wolverhampton


PD Components Ltd

Risual Ltd

Synectics Solutions Ltd

Young Employee or Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Skills Staffordshire

Andrew Cash – Instatec Ltd

Chloe Quaile – KMF Group

Lauren Gee – risual

Louise Meredit – JCB

William Jones – Wade Ceramics

More information can be obtained from the Staffordshire Chambers’ website or from Kelly Thelwell on 01782 202222.