Leading businesses collect honours

Over 240 leading business people gathered together to recognise achievements at the annual Mansfield 2020 ball and business awards at the Civic Centre, Mansfield.

The night acknowledged and rewarded the achievement of local business that have shown entrepreneurial and enterprising fortitude, whilst recognising their contribution to the economic development of the Nottinghamshire area.

Mansfield 2020 Operations manager and event organiser, Caroline Cox said: “This was our 8th awards evening and we had a record number of attendees.

“This demonstrates the growing desire and drive of the Mansfield business community to celebrate the efforts of one another.

“The spirit, enthusiasm and passion for positive changes were clear to see – everyone wants to put Mansfield on the map!”

There were eight categories ranging from Entrepreneurial Spirit to Business of the Year along with the M2020 Outstanding Contribution to Mansfield honour.

Winners throughout the night included Pinders Opticians for Customer Focus Initiative, Mansfield Learning Partnership for the Community Award.

Most Promising New Business was announced as Senior Salmon Recruitment, Trampoline Centre was awarded for their Entrepreneurial Spirit and Business of the Year was awarded to Beau-it-ful Home & Gift shop.

The business community also acknowledged young people for their professionalism and commitment to their organisation.

The overall winner was Bethan Bingley from CCM Print along with Jack Naylor from AMS who received a special recognition award for his transition from apprentice to full time role.

The new Career Champion category saw The Coal Authority e rewarded for the commitment they provide young people.

The prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution to Mansfield’ award was given to Phil Lyons for his tireless efforts for the good of this town.

Mansfield 2020 is a not for profit organisation and very much relies on the loyalty of members and sponsorship to be able to host such a prestigious in Mansfield.

The event sponsors included Mansfield Football Club, Fidler and Pepper and Mansfield Building Society. Each award category was individually sponsored by Purpose Media, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Vision Apprentices, The Brunts Academy, Mansfield Learning Partnership and Councillor Derek Evans.

The marketing and media partners included CCM Print, Mandarin, Mansfield 103.2 radio and the Chad.

Caroline Cox stated: ‘“Without the loyalty of our members and valued support from our sponsors we would not have been able to deliver an event that simply overwhelmed our attendees and rightfully delivered an evening that everyone truly deserved and for that we are extremely thankful for.”

The evening also celebrated and recognised the finalists for their achievement and fortitude. The independent judges were overwhelmed with the outstanding calibre. The evening reflected the excellence and depth within the local business community.

Mansfield 2020 are already organising the 2015 event which will take place in April again.