Businesses and individuals recognised at two Humber Business Week events


Businesses and individuals across Hull were recognised at two major events during the fourth day of Humber Business Week 2017.

The Made in Hull Awards, oraganised by Streets Chartered Accountants, is now in its fourth year and firmly established as a key event in the five-day festival of business.

The awards, held at the KC Lightstream Stadium in east Hull, seek to celebrate the city’s excellence in manufacturing and its well-earned reputation for innovation within the sector.

The Made in Hull Sold Locally award went to Humber Wood Recycling for its reclaimed pallet wood furniture, while the Made in Hull Sold Nationwide event was awarded to Heald UK for its Matador bollard system, which the judges said has “revolutionised” the perimeter security industry.

The Bio-D Company took the top spot in the Made in Hull Sold Overseas category after demonstrating clear growth in terms of turnover and in overseas markets, while FiftyFourDegreesNorth was awarded the To be Made in Hull award for Souls, a revolutionary new product opportunity for women at a vulnerable time of their lives.

Meanwhile, APD Communications won the Made in Hull for the People of Hull award for SmartContact, which is using technical innovation to help Humberside and South Yorkshire Police protect local communities.

The business also won the Made in Hull Digitally Award for its nationally important and crucial software and hardware product, which the judges said is respected and used throughout the UK and has fundamental importance in keeping the UK safe.

Addressing the audience, host John Meehan, Managing Director of Meehan Media & Comms Ltd, said all of the shortlisted businesses were winners and thanked everyone involved for “flying the flag for the city, building on Hull’s rich heritage as a centre of manufacturing innovation and excellence”.

John added: “The state of manufacturing in the UK is often lamented, but not here – the Made in Hull Awards testify that manufacturing is positively thriving in our great city.”

Meanwhile, the inaugural Hull Lifestyle Awards was held at the KCOM Stadium in west Hull, providing the ultimate celebration of the businesses, people and places that make Hull a truly great city.

The celebration showcased the best of Hull and celebrated the fantastic achievements throughout the lifestyle industry.

The event is affiliated to the prestigious British Lifestyle Awards, which will be held in London in November and stars including Hull actress Gemma Oaten, pop star and TV personality Sinitta attended and Britain’s Got Talent star Calum Scott attended.

Winners included Hull Truck Theatre for Cultural Attraction of the Year, the Minerva for Pub of the Year, Drewton’s for Coffee Shop of the Year and Mimi Boutique for Fashion Retailer of the Year.

1884 Wine & Tapas scooped Best Restaurant, Furley & Co won Bar of the Year, Sessions Spa took home Hair and Beauty Facility of the Year and professional boxer Tommy Coyle won Ambassador of the Year as well as Fitness Facility of the Year.

Late Night Venue of the Year went to Oscars Bar, while Tickton Grange was awarded Hotel of the Year and Freedom Festival won Best Live Event.

Lee Newton, the founder of the L6ve Life Foundation, who lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND) earlier this year, was posthumously recognised as Hull Legend of the Year.

Gary Pepper