Chesterfield Champions win prestigious Derbyshire Business …

By Josh Marsh - 13 November 2023

Two businesses in the town’s network of Chesterfield Champions[1] have taken home prestigious accolades at East Midlands Chamber’s Derbyshire Business Awards.

The ceremony 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.

Chesterfield’s EcoTech Engineers[2] won the award for Outstanding Growth (Sponsored by Amazon), while Rose Cottage Doggy Day Care took home the accolade for Excellence in Innovation (sponsored by Rolls-Royce).

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 350 people at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Scott Knowles, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber[3], said: “The winners of our Business Awards are testament to the resilience, ingenuity and hunger for growth within the Derbyshire business community, which never ceases to amaze.

“Despite some of the relentless challenges that have been thrown their way, our region’s businesses continue to find new ways of succeeding and contributing to the communities in which they are based.

“It’s always important to celebrate these achievements and shout about the great things happening right here in Derbyshire. We know it’s a fantastic place to do business and these organisations are shining examples.”

The Derbyshire Business Awards – one of three awards hosted by the Chamber, along with Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire – were hosted by former badminton world champion Gail Emms MBE and featured live entertainment from high-energy party band Central Avenue.

A raffle was held to raise funds for the Chamber Charitable Fund, which comprises president Stuart Dawkins’ three chosen charities for this year – Foundation Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, and Nottinghamshire Community Foundation.

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Winners of Derbyshire Business Awards 2023, in association with headline partner Mazars

Business Improvement Through Technology (sponsored by Purpose Media)

Coach Hire Comparison

Community Impact (sponsored by University of Derby)

Derventio Housing Trust

Outstanding Growth (sponsored by Amazon)

EcoTech Engineers

Excellence in Collaboration (sponsored by ITS Technology Group)

Colleague Box and Blue Light Card

Environmental Impact (sponsored by Futures Housing Group)


Commitment to People Development (sponsored by think3)

Midland Lead

Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK)

Leah Bancroft – Longbow Bars & Restaurants

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by East Midlands Manufacturing Network)

Steven Thai – Ocean King

Education and Business Partnership (sponsored by Concertus)

EMA Training

Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by Howden)

Reformed IT

Excellence in International Trade (sponsored by East Midlands Freeport)

Bloc Digital

Small Business of the Year (sponsored by University of Derby)

Bloc Digital

Excellence in Innovation (sponsored by Rolls-Royce)

Rose Cottage Doggy Daycare

Business of the Year (sponsored by Mazars)

Midland Lead

EcoTech Engineers and Rose Cottage Doggy Day Care support the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions[4], a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Business Awards 2023 winners


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  2. ^ EcoTech Engineers (
  3. ^ East Midlands Chamber (
  4. ^ Chesterfield Champions (