The Winners of the East Midlands Business Masters Awards were announced last night, Thursday 21 October - and we're delighted to see family businesses amongst both the Winners and the Sponsors!

It's been a long time coming, as the last Awards were just a couple of days before the country entered the first lockdown in March 2020. Reliving the days we've all longed for, around 280 business leaders from across the region joined Sam Metcalf and the Business Desk team to celebrate the 2021 Awards.

Sam Metcalf, Midlands editor at TheBusinessDesk.com said: “So much has happened since our last Masters Awards in March 2020. Back then, we were on the cusp of the first wave of the Covid – indeed, that turned out to be our last event for almost 16 months as lockdown was imposed just days later. Despite this – or maybe because of it – we were inundated with entries once again this year, with over 100 companies from right across the region vying for the prize. This is a testament not only to our growing readership, but also the strength in depth of businesses in the area."

Ward Recycling were picking up trophies at the last Awards, but this year were supporting the event as sponsors. Two fantastic East Midlands family businesses that we've met through our own Awards took home trophies on the night, Morningside Pharmaceuticals winning the Investment Award and our friends at Morley Hayes took home the coveted Family Business of the Year Award - we know the Morley Hayes team would certainly get the party started! 

The full list of Winners:

Start-up of the Year
think3

Disruptor of the Year
Permaroof

Sustainability Award
Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Investment Award
Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Community Impact Award
Nottingham Hospitals Charity

Professional Services
Finch Consulting

Property Business of the Year
Staton Young

Family Business of the Year
Morley Hayes

Small Business of the Year
NG Chartered Surveyors

Medium-sized Business of the Year
UK Flooring Direct

Large Business of the Year
Octavian Security UK

Fast Growth Business
think3

Ambassador of the Year
David Campbell, Surescreen Diagnostics

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