Judges revealed as final month upon us for Hull Live Business Awards entries

There’s now less than a month to get entries in for the Hull Live Business Awards.

Applications and nominations must be submitted online by Sunday, September 24, with the judging panel now confirmed to decide on the winners of the prestigious accolades. They will be presented at the gala celebration in Hull in November.

The business calendar highlight has been refreshed for 2023, with categories covering all sizes of business across all sectors, with individual awards for leaders and shining stars.

Read more: 2022’s big winner on why we should celebrate success in home city

So who will be casting their eyes over the entries this year?

Jo Barnes, managing director of city-headquartered Sewell Estates, and Jan Brumby, chief executive of For Entrepreneurs Only are returning, while Simon Jones and Furqan Alamgir join the panel.

Furqan is chief executive of headline sponsor Connexin, a leading Hull-based technology company specialising in smart city solutions and internet of things connectivity.

Described as a visionary entrepreneur and business leader, he has a relentless passion for innovation and commitment to his sector that has established him as a prominent figure within it, as well as Hull – having overseen a huge period of growth that resulted in a new headquarters this past year.

Recently named as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Tech companies at the Northern Tech Awards, Connexin was founded in 2006 while Furqan studied medicine at Imperial College, London.

Partners of the Hull Live Business Awards 2023.
Partners of the Hull Live Business Awards 2023.

Simon is the inspirational figure behind the Hull and Humber Top 30 Under 30 programme, equipping a pipeline of future leaders with key skills. He launched it in 2018, having established a career in recruitment, with his firm, Identify, having been set up four years earlier. This past year has seen him launch Hype3, a media production company, creating engaging content for organisations. This new venture has already grown significantly, with projects including large scale, targeted social media campaigns, through to TV advertisement campaigns for high-profile clients.

Alongside her Sewell Estates responsibilities, spanning construction, facilities management, property investment/development and consultancy services, Jo is founder and managing director of Shared Agenda, a Sewell Group company that provides estates advisory services to public and private sector customers across the UK. She joined the group 14 years ago after a 14 year career in the public sector working in regeneration across the North of England and Scotland.

Jan’s work with the mentor and support organisation makes her one of the leading advocates of building your own business. Her career history spans the financial, education and charity sectors, having worked with leading names including HSBC, the University of Hull and Young Enterprise. She was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2006.

Tickets are also on sale now for the event, to be held once again at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Hull, on November 16, via the website , with Cobus Communications and John Roe Toyota also on board as event partners.

Winners pictured as the Hull Live Business Awards closed.
2022 winners pictured as the Hull Live Business Awards closed.

Hull Live Business Awards categories for 2023:

Best Place to Work

In partnership with The University of Hull

Recognising a business with a focus on developing talent through training, apprenticeships, work experience, diversity and inclusion, career progression and opening opportunities to all. Enter here

Environmental and Sustainability Award

Highlighting a business making a difference to the environment, locally, nationally or globally, either through its products and services or its way of working. Enter here

Global Britain Award

Recognising a business that is trading with the world in a successful, innovative way, showing how firms large or small can play their part in Global Britain. Enter here

Growth Award

In partnership with Reach Recruitment

To recognise a growing medium-sized business that has taken tangible steps to increase its scale and impact. Enter here

Innovation Award

In partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Celebrating inventive thinking, product or system development and creativity in business. Enter here

Made in Britain Award

Recognising excellence in manufacturing and production in this country. Enter here

Business Person of the Year

In partnership with Sewell Group

For a business owner or leader who has had a major impact on their firm’s success, which may also be delivering benefits to other people, such as employees or the community. Enter here

Rising Star

In partnership with Hull City Council

For a young person in business, either as an owner, employee or apprentice, who is having a positive impact beyond their age and experience. They may be demonstrating notable success, have overcome adversity to achieve, or be using their success to help others. Enter here

Unsung Hero

In partnership with

Highlighting the impact of a staff or team member who may not ordinarily receive recognition, showing business success is not just about management and leadership. They may have overcome adversity, such as serious illness or bereavement. Enter here

Small Business of the Year

In partnership with MKM Building Supplies and Horncastle Group

To celebrate a small business that combines commercial success with other elements of the awards, such as customer service, social impact, innovation and developing talent. Open to companies with fewer than 50 employees. Enter here

Business of the Year

In partnership with Future Humber

For a business that has performed exceptionally, either in commercial terms, innovation, impact or customer service. Enter here

Outstanding Contribution

In partnership with Connexin

This award recognises an immense sustained contribution to business, society and the community across a number of years. A closed category.

Original artice – https://business-live.co.uk/all-about/yorkshire-humber

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