The Leicestershire Business of the Year awards by East Midlands Chamber, saw Scope Construction, a fast-growing contractor for the residential and commercial sectors, crowned the Leicestershire Business of the Year.
The Loughborough-based company – which provides construction, refurbishment and interior design services – also won the Outstanding Growth award at the Leicestershire Business Awards, which was held on Friday (4 November) in partnership with headline sponsor Mazars.
Founded by Maz Patel and Paz Patel in 2015, the business has almost trebled its seven-figure turnover over the past 12 months, and expects to double it again this year after building a reputation mainly via word of mouth for its work on a range of projects including shop, restaurant and car showroom fit-outs, as well as home refurbishments.
The Leicestershire Business Awards, recognised East Midlands Chamber members across 13 categories, ranging from Excellence in Innovation and Environmental Impact at organisational level through to individual honours for Entrepreneur of the Year and Apprentice of the Year, in addition to the overall Business of the Year winner.
Finalists, chosen by a judging panel of the Chamber’s senior leadership and board of directors, as well as sponsors, discovered their fate during a gala dinner attended by hundreds of people at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium.
Scott Knowles, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “The past few years have been challenging for our business community, and yet we continue to see so many shining examples of business success across our region.
“It’s always important to celebrate these achievements and shout about the great things happening right here in Leicestershire. We know it is a fantastic place to do business and these organisations – many of which have worked together to maximise their impact within their sectors and communities – are doing a wonderful job.
“Later this month, the Chamber will launch a Business Manifesto for Growth in the East Midlands and Beyond in Parliament that illustrates how our region is a Centre of Trading Excellence. Our Business Awards are full of companies that are living proof of this.”
Money raised for East Midlands Chamber charitable fund
The Leicestershire Business Awards – one of three awards hosted by the Chamber, along with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – were hosted by comedian Patrick Monahan.
A raffle was held to raise funds for East Midlands Chamber president Lindsey Williams’ three chosen charities this year – Focus, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Treetops Hospice.
Lindsey, chief executive of Coalville-based housing association Futures Housing Group, added: “Behind every nominee and winner whose name will go up in lights are people and organisations that are truly delivering for the region. Their achievements generate employment, wealth and opportunity not just for those directly connected, but for the wider community.
“So I’m proud to see the Chamber yet again take the opportunity to bring us together and celebrate our top talent – for their success but also for what they bring to the East Midlands as a whole.”
Winners of the Business Awards
Business Improvement Through Technology – Consultus International Group
Community Impact – Leicestershire Cares
Outstanding Growth – Scope Construction
Excellence in Collaboration – BrightER Futures (De Montfort University and ER Recruitment)
Environmental Impact – Michael Smith Switchgear
Commitment to People Development – CR Civil Engineering
Apprentice of the Year – Jessica Gould, CR Civil Engineering
Entrepreneur of the Year – Jaz Kaur and Narinder Nijjar, Fraser Stretton Property Group
Education and Business Partnership – Leicestershire Cares
Excellence in Customer Service – Paradigm Wills & Legal Services
Excellence in International Trade – Unimed Procurement Services
Small Business of the Year – Creative62
Excellence in Innovation – The Simulator Company
Business of the Year – Scope Construction