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In Association with DLA Piper, PWC & Yorkshire Bank
Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2016


Sewell Group

Sewell Group
Hull founded Sewell Group is famous for being a Sunday Times 'Best Company to Work For' business that has invested in and developed over £500m of new and improved public sector properties within its home city over the past decade. 

The firm's facilities management arm operates many of these buildings, as well as looking after school estates across the region. 

The diverse Group of companies, which employs over 450 people, is also active in the retail market. Under the 'Sewell on the go' brand the Group operates 12 fuel and convenience stores stretching across the East Yorkshire region. 

Most recently, Sewell Group's construction and project management expertise are being sought after in West Yorkshire. 

The firm has recently transformed a Grade II listed Print Hall into a stunning library and learning space on behalf of Leeds City College in the emerging South Bank of Leeds; the project has been shortlisted for numerous conversation awards (RICS and CIOB).

Sewell is also working with the University of Leeds, refurbishing a four storey geography block into a new School of Fine Arts, and are supporting Huddersfield based Greenhead College with an extension building. 

The business is due to open a permanent West Yorkshire base in the summer but remains committed to its home city of Hull. 

Sewell is also supporting Hull City Council with its infrastructures improvements as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 with the £15.9m redevelopment of Hull New Theatre.
As a founding member of Hull CIC For Entrepreneurs Only an and entrepreneur himself, Managing Director Paul Sewell explained why he believes Sewell has bagged the best category at this year's Excellence in Business Awards: 

"Business begins with entrepreneurs. They are the warriors and rock stars' of the business world, who need recognising, appreciating and encouraging, big style. 

"These days, it's drilled into too many people that they should plan over plan first if they are to succeed. They set about doing these big strategies and plans and everything, but that's not the way to complete in business. 

"At Sewell we believe in the entrepreneurial approach of being agile, light on our feet and quick to respond to our customers' changing needs. 

"Even the mature , corporate organisations are realising they must discover this type of approach and nurture staff with an entrepreneurial spirit if they are to complete.
"Entrepreneurs are driven by achievement and not put off by failure, they have a 'can do' attitude and are determined to stay one step ahead.

"That's why for me, this is a premier award.

"I'm hoping to see some innovation and creativity in this category.
"The best and brightest across the region who have spotted limitations and acted quickly to create an opportunity."


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University of Bradford - School of Management

University of Bradford - School of Management

The University of Bradford School of Management is one of the UK’s oldest business schools, with an international reputation for high quality teaching and research. For over 50 years we have been working closely with our corporate partners to translate the knowledge of our world-leading academics into learning that makes a real difference to individuals and organisations. We pride ourselves on delivering insightful solutions that meet clients’ objectives. We work with all types of organisations and at all levels, from helping develop values-focussed leadership at executive board level to our new degree level apprenticeship that will deliver the responsible managers of the future.

True to its strapline, the University of Bradford School of Management is about ‘Making Knowledge Work.’


Yorkshire Bank

Yorkshire Bank
For over 150 years, we have supported businesses across Yorkshire, and for the last 10 of those we've been proud sponsor of the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.
Each year we are impressed by not just the quality of the winners in our own small business category, but the entries in all the categories. It is an annual reminder of just how many success stories there are in the Yorkshire business community. 
We firmly believe that, while winning an award is great, simply taking time to look at your business, consider the positives and celebrate them is worthy exercise in itself. We would encourage any business to do that, and to enter these awards; every entrant has a real to chance to shine. 
Judging these awards is a difficult task; it is not easy to choose winners when the quality is so high. But it's a responsibility we are happy to bear when we see those businesses represented on awards night. This year, we hope our job is more difficult than ever with more entries than ever before.
The Excellence in Business Awards night is surely the Oscars of Yorkshire Business; the celebrity, the glamour, and that's just the host! It is a night for us all to celebrate the powerhouse of industry, finance, innovation and education our region is. 



Plusnet are proud to be supporting this year’s Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards. 

We’re a friendly, no-nonsense, award-winning communications provider who takes pride in delivering great service to our customers. 

We are always keen to support talent in the local area and as champions of small British businesses we are thrilled to be sponsoring the Young Business category. For us, it is the people who are starting, supporting, and working within small businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy. Our category sponsorship recognises and celebrates strong business spirit and talent and we can’t wait to see this year’s entries.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper

DLA Piper offers the breadth and depth of legal support required in today's highly competitive marketplace. We have been providing legal services to the Yorkshire market for over 200 years, advising regional, national and international clients on key business areas including Corporate, Real Estate, Technology, Intellectual Property, Restructuring, Litigation, Regulatory, Finance, Projects, Employment, Pensions and Tax. 

We have expertise in all sectors from energy to healthcare, with a particular focus on financial services, food and beverage, retail, manufacturing, mining, technology and transport. 

Located in prime city centre locations in two of Yorkshire's key cities, Leeds and Sheffield, our strength across the region cannot be matched.

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Award Categories:

Companies with a turnover over 50m
Companies with a turnover between 10m and 50m
Companies with a turnover up to 10m
Young Business
Outstanding Employer
Commercial space