Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards – the winners

12th Jul

The winners of this year’s Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards (HEYPIBA) are celebrating after a virtual awards ceremony that recognised the exceptional teams and individuals working across the Hull and East Yorkshire business community. 

The HEYPIBAs were set up two years ago by East Yorkshire entrepreneur Jo Fleming (above). She said: “Reading through the awards entries for the year that featured an unprecedented national lockdown, I was struck more than ever by the great talent we have in so many of our East Yorkshire businesses.”

The event’s sponsors – including headline sponsor Wilberforce College – announced the winners at the glamorous virtual event, hosted at Bridlington Spa on Friday (July 9).

The lifetime achievement award went to David Hall, who has been in business for more than 40 years, providing coaching services and helping more than 100 businesses produce results “beyond expectations”. 

Vehicle-wrapping company Brandfixx was recognised for its innovation in the region, and Chameleon Business Interiors – the commercial interior design, fit-out and furnishing firm – is celebrating after its win in the Team Impact category, following its flexible and fast adaptation to lockdown restrictions.

The region’s big businesses were also celebrated – from consumer goods company Reckitt to food producer Cranswick.

Jo added: “From start-ups to global brands based in the region, what came up time and again was the significant impact people have had on driving business success and a positive culture during what has been one of the most challenging years any of us have ever witnessed. 

“This year, businesses have relied on the skills, determination, loyalty and tenacity of their teams to prosper, and each winner is entirely deserving of the recognition. It was a great night and gave nominees and winners a reason to celebrate and consider the positive contributions that have been made by so many this year.”

Elly Taylor, of Hull’s events and technology consultancy business GBE Connect, the team that coordinated the awards, added: “It was really key to the team and everyone who contributed to putting the event on this year that we made sure the finalists felt the recognition they deserved and that we put on a truly enjoyable show for everyone to enjoy.

“We saw a really impressive level of nominations and we’re already planning for next year, with businesses outside of the region showing an interest in the ‘People in Business Awards’ concept. Watch this space!

“I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors for getting involved again this year. Particularly our headline sponsor Wilberforce College – who really went above and beyond.”

HEYPIBA winners for each category:

  • Rising Star – Chantelle Chambers, Synergi Partner Finance
  • Above & Beyond – Ellie Clark, Joshua James Jewellery
  • Apprentice – Bethany Barwell, Reckitt
  • First Class Service – Blab Digital
  • Customer Hero – Gary Clark, Chanterlands DIY
  • Start-up Entrepreneur – John Masson, Click
  • Entrepreneur – Rob Partridge, Synergi Partner Finance
  • Innovator – David & Greg Saunderson, Brandfixx
  • Inspiring Contribution – Joanne Dixon, HBP Systems
  • Mentor – Carl Warner, APD Communications
  • Team Impact (below ten) – Hull Children’s University
  • Team Impact 11-plus – Chameleon Business Interiors
  • Manager – Aurimas Stancikas, Cranswick
  • Grit – Kai Gill, Cobus
  • Judges Recognition – Reckitt
  • Lifetime Achievement – David Hall

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