2019 Winners

The Artificial Intelligence Business of the Year Award

Winner - Darktrace

Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber defence. Its technology uses advanced mathematics and artificial intelligence to detect and autonomously respond to sophisticated cyber-threats across the entire digital business.

The Castle Corporate Finance Scale-Up Business of the Year Award

Winner - ReBOUND

The online retail sector experiences return rates of 20-30% for apparel and anywhere up to 60% for evening wear. ReBOUND identified a clear gap in the market to offer a smarter international return solution and now manages the returns process for 500 brands including ASOS and Gymshark.

The Experian Data Excellence Award

Winner - Aggreko

Aggreko is the global leader in providing mobile, modular power, heating and cooling and dehumidification equipment. We provide solutions for short-term projects, key events and longer-term contracts. We operate in both developed and developing markets across several sectors including: building services and construction, petrochemical and refining, oil and gas, utilities, events, manufacturing, quarrying and mining and many more.

The Give a Grad a Go Employer of the Year Award

Winner - Weston College

Weston College is an award-winning, top-performing College based in the West of England (turnover > '66m), delivering further and higher education courses e.g. degrees, apprenticeships, vocational training/pre-employment programmes (c.30, 000 enrolments annually). It also is a lead prison education provider for 19 prisons in the South of England.

The iNews New Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner - Jordan McCabe, Founding Director, Aztec Diamond Equestrian UK Ltd

Aztec Diamond Equestrian is a UK based, newly leading international equestrian fashion brand that offers female riders everything from technical sporting apparel to leisurewear. A unique athleisure brand maintaining uncompromising quality at an affordable price point. Dressing all women and girls, of all ages, in all disciplines.

The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner - Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, CEO, Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supplies quality medicines internationally, and manufacturers and supplies generic and branded medicines to UK pharmacies and hospitals.

The Innovation Award

Winner - SCX Ltd

The SCX group comprises three distinct yet complementary engineering businesses: SCX Special Projects is the bespoke engineering solutions firm behind the retractable pitch at Tottenham Hotspur; Street CraneXpress is an expert in overhead cranes maintenance, repairs, relocation and upgrades; and Burnand XH is a trade supplier of electrical control and automation components.

The Leader of the Year Award

Winner - James Timpson, Chief Executive, Timpson

James Timpson is Chief Executive of Timpson, a family retail business based in Manchester, UK.

Timpson has been in business since 1865 and trades from 2,113 shops across country, comprising of 1,292 Timpson outlets. The company turnover is in excess of £250M and is extremely fortunate to employ over 5000 amazing colleagues.

James works closely with the prison service to identify potential candidates have the right kind of personality to make it on release, working within the business.

James' passion and enthusiasm for business, people, his team and the wider community was recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honors List in 2011, when he was presented with an OBE for ‘Services to Training and Employment for Disadvantaged People'.

The Lloyds Bank Exporter of The Year Award

Winner - Stiltz Ltd

Stiltz Homelifts commenced trading in 2010 with a clear vision of disrupting the traditional and slow-moving mobility industry which had little focus on innovation and design. The objective has always been to make attractive and well-designed products available to customers around the world. We believe in DEMOCRATISING Homelifts.

The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year Award

Winner - Verastar Group (Etihad Topco)

Verastar, is a leading, next-generation services company for the small business market. Through brands including kinex, Clear Business and sister company The Insurance Octopus, it is the only provider who can offer telecoms, broadband, mobile, gas, green electricity, water and insurance services ' with a unique one bill for all monthly services.

The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award

Winner - Pro-Football Academy Ltd

PFA is a professional football and coaching provider which focuses on children as individuals with their own personal development needs. We give them a safe, secure environment to take risks, be creative and feel confident to learn football at their own pace over the long term.

The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award

Winner - Company Shop Group

Company Shop Group is the UK's leading redistributor of food and household surplus products. With a heritage spanning five decades, The Group is home to Company Shop (our retail operation) and our award-winning social enterprise Community Shop. In 2018, CSG further transformed the surplus story to deliver transformative social impact via the Group's social enterprise Community Shop.

The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award

Winner - MNB Precision

MNB Precision is a Midlands-based engineering business. The family-run firm is now being run by its third-generation directors, Luke and Elliot Benton. Employing 103 people at its facility in Coventry MWB provides precision machining services for more than 40 global customers, primarily in the oil and gas sector.

The Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience & Loyalty Award

Winner - DPD UK

DPD is the UK's No.1 domestic parcels carrier, growing by 136% since 2012 by establishing ourselves as the go-to carrier for retailers who value a personalised home delivery experience. Our 13,000-strong team now delivers 250 million parcels a year for 8,000 customers, including leading brands such as ASOS, M&S, John Lewis, Gousto, EE and Nike.

The Vonage Business Enabler of the Year Award

Winner - Palletforce

Palletforce operates in the express logistics sector and is the UK's premier freight distribution network, with a membership of over 100 transport companies collecting and delivering to every UK postcode daily. The network handles 15,000 mainly SME trading accounts with freight consolidated at Palletforce's distribution hub in Burton upon Trent.