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Host and headline speaker confirmed for HullLive Business Awards as entry deadline nears

Luxury chocolate brand co-founder Jo Fairley will inspire the North Bank business community as the guest speaker at the 2021 HullLive Business Awards.

The woman behind Green & Black’s, now closing in on becoming a £100m a year brand, will tell the tale of her amazing journey from the school gates and six O-levels to the launchpad for a career as a serial entrepreneur.

She will set the scene for a night of celebration, with the deadline for awards entries looming this month.

Read more: Judging line-up confirmed as award entries start to flow for HullLive Business Awards

And guiding us through the returning calendar highlight will be broadcaster and journalist, Lucrezia Millarini.

For Jo – who had been lined up for 2020 – the sweet success of the 1991 venture with husband Craig helped finance her lifestyle-focused interests.

These now include an award-winning organic and natural food store/bakery and a boutique nine-room wellbeing centre, both in her home town of Hastings, and most recently The Perfume Society, an exploration of fragrance and the scented world.

All this came after becoming the youngest UK magazine editor when she took the helm of Look at just 23.

HullLive Business Awards 2021 is supported by an array of organisations.

Having sold Green & Black’s to Cadbury’s in 2005, with the deal valued at £20m, Jo has been travelling the world addressing audiences on sustainable business, leadership, women in business, change management and, unsurprisingly, entrepreneurialism.

From financial institutions to FTSE 100 companies, and all in between, from academics to awards bashes like this, Jo said: “I like to focus in on the lessons from the Green & Black’s journey, which are most appropriate for any specific event, from an entrepreneurial slant, as a woman in business to an ethical and environmental angle, CSR, branding, or simply the extraordinary rollercoaster journey of Green & Black’s from a Portobello Road bedroom to a global ethical brand.

“When I was building Green & Black’s, I never regretted taking time out to hear an inspirational speaker, and I truly love being able to do that for others, now.”

Missing the stage-induced adrenaline, “her drug of choice” through lockdown, she has found having the time to focus on her current interests an outlet for her talents.

The eagerly-awaited Hull event takes place at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on November 18, with the deadline for entries set as September 26.

A total of 15 category awards are up for grabs, and all can be entered online at www.HLbusinessawards.co.uk .

Ms Millarini makes her awards debut for HullLive. She has presented breaking coverage of both the Grenfell Tower inferno and London Bridge terror attack, as well as introducing two royal babies and playing a part in the portrayal of Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

Interviewees for the trained barrister turned journalist have ranged from Dolly Parton to Rihanna and the Rolling Stones, Stephen Spielberg to The Avengers.

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Director of Reach Resourcing, Benjamin Davis-Rice, said: “Celebrating success is vitally important for any organisation and we can’t wait to hear about the success of businesses throughout the region. Furthermore, Reach Resourcing is thrilled to be championing the ‘Customer Focus Award’ as a key sponsor, recognising outstanding customer engagement and service.”

A re-cap on the awards available to enter:

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Trident

This award is open to an apprentice who has shown outstanding progress and commitment to their own personal development. The apprentice Is defined as a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employers, having agreed to work for a fixed period. The nominee must have been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 12 months before the closing date.

This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an apprentice’s exceptional contributions to their workplace. The successful entrant will be measured against the following criteria:

Commitment: demonstrates commitment to your personal development and progression

Contribution: shows outstanding contribution to your workplace – in particular, areas or projects where you have exceeded expectations

Success: demonstrates inspirational levels of achievement and attainment.

Nominations or self-nominations can be made for this category.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Hull City Council

For business people under the age of 30 (by September 26, 2021) who have demonstrated a high degree of entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future. The judges will be looking to identify an individual who has set up a business or has had a significant influence in the business, that has set and achieved objectives within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success. In addition to this judges will want to see an understanding of the relationship between your own development and the success of the business.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Sewell Group

Open to business people aged 30 years or over (by September 26, 2021) the Entrepreneur of the Year award will go to someone who has had a big impact, either running their own business or working as part of a business. The award is open to individuals of all ages and the judges will be looking for someone who can demonstrate:

• How their actions and strategies have been instrumental to the success of the business.

• Evidence of strong financial performance, including the clear identification of an opportunity that has had a measurable impact on the success of business.

• Enterprising behaviours such as participation, risk-taking, management and leadership, vision, originality and innovation.

• How they have overcome barriers to achieve at a high standard (ie social, geographical or physical).

• A positive impact on the wider economy and local communities through employment, additional work as mentors or in the voluntary sector.

• Nominations can be made by the entrant if they run their own business, or a sponsor or nominee from the business they work for.

Environmental and Sustainability Award

Sponsored by Wykeland Beal

This category recognises outstanding performance in environmental responsiveness and sustainable activity. The winner of this award will be a company that:

•Is working towards sustainable development goals and can demonstrate the impact.

•Taking active green steps towards more environmentally-conscious operations and ethics.

•Made improvements in energy-efficiency, carbon reduction or sustainable working.

•You may have introduced environmental policies across your business, are using green communications or endorsing carbon footprint reduction, your stratagem, policies and foresight will reflect a well-considered green approach – rather than fractional, ad-hoc actions.

Our judges want to feel inspired by your powerful story and are looking to see where you’ve come from, the obstacles you’ve faced, what motivates you to keep going and what your biggest achievements are.

Innovation and Technology Award

The Innovation and Technology Award will reward the company that has developed the most innovative new product, system or process over the past year, and can demonstrate the positive impact it has had on the business. Judges will be looking for businesses that can show:

• A clear vision of what the innovation project, product, system or process had to achieve.

• How the product was developed.

• Gains in revenue or market share.

• The overall benefits to the business or its customer.

Customer Focus Award

Sponsored by Reach Resourcing

The Customer Focus Award aims to honour firms which give great service and are truly dedicated to their users. Judges will be looking at how customer service strategy has:

• Increased growth or market share.

• Improved financial performance.

• Embedded ethical or sustainable practice.

• Enhanced customer delivery and engagement.

• More effective leadership and management.

• More engaged and motivated staff.

• Optimised innovation and improved operational excellence.

Training and DevelopmentAward

Sponsored by East Riding College

The judges will be looking for an organisation that:
• Demonstrates positive commitment to the ongoing training and education of its employees.
• Can prove how investment in staff training has brought success.
• Shows staff have gained the necessary skills to maximise their contribution.
• Can show how its people development strategies have improved its performance and created a committed, motivated and effective workforce.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award recognises organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce that excels in their commitment to equality and inclusion across all strands of diversity. The category will cover excellence in all areas of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.

The judges will be looking for a vanguard in business that can demonstrate an effective inclusion and diversity strategy that goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee wellbeing and engagement.

Entries must demonstrate how the business has gone above and beyond their corporate social responsibility, shown commitment and dedication to equality, can exhibit positive results on the organisational culture and prove that they are a true champion of diversity and inclusion.

Contribution to the East Riding Award

Sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

As the region emerges from the pandemic, it is time to recognise those businesses in the East Riding who are steering their way successfully through the challenges of COVID-19 and onto a journey of recovery.

The judges will be looking for companies that are effectively managing these challenges – operationally and financially – and who are successfully implementing new business plans and innovative ways of working. They will be delivering services to their customers and the communities of the East Riding while showing resilience to different working conditions as businesses reopen and return to work.

The category is aimed at all businesses within the East Riding, as opposed to the city of Hull, who can demonstrate how they have or are bouncing back and how their business decisions will impact positively on their local communities.

Entries could be anyone, from large businesses working across the entire East Riding region to small businesses who have made their mark in their local area.

Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Cranswick Plc

The Employee Of The Year Award has been designed to celebrate someone who really makes a difference to their business and who deserves recognition.

It might be someone whose attitude and example really stimulates all those around him or her. Equally, it could be someone who has overcome real difficulties, or someone who shows exceptional customer service.

Start-Up Business of the Year

Sponsored by MKM Building Supplies and Horncastle Group

The Start-Up Business of The Year award will go to an organisation that:

• Has been established within the past two and a half years.

• Demonstrates evidence of entrepreneurship and/or innovation.

• Has defied challenging economic conditions to succeed, grow and thrive.

• Can evidence future growth potential.

Business of the Year (upto 50 employees)

Sponsored by Opportuni

This category is open to companies with fewer than 50 employees. The judges will be looking at all aspects of a company’s performance, paying particular attention to:

• Managerial and financial performance.

• Evidence of success against targets set.

• Potential for growth.

• Long-term plans and company strategy.

• Product and service development.

• Staff training and development.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU SUBMIT YOUR FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE WITH YOUR ENTRY. Eg Turnover, net profit, year on year performance. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Business of the Year (over 51 employees)

Sponsored by Smailes Goldie

This category is open to companies with more than 51 employees. Judges will be looking at all aspects of company performance, paying particular attention to:

• Managerial and financial performance.

• Evidence of success against targets set.

• Long-term plans and company strategy.

• Product and service development.

• Staff training and development.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU SUBMIT YOUR FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE WITH YOUR ENTRY. Eg Turnover, net profit, year on year performance. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Lifetime Contribution Award

Sponsored by KCom

This accolade will be awarded to a key business person in the region who will be heralded for making positive, lasting differences to the local economy and community.

This is a closed category with no nomination process.

For all awards click here to enter.

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