Putting on the glitz for best Erewash firms

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Winners of special business awards to mark the 20th anniversary of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership have been revealed.

The awards were presented at a glittering dinner at Trent College, Long Eaton, by entrepreneur and television personality Saira Khan.

More than 200 guests attended,including the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker, and the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Atwal.

Reflecting on the years, chairman Simon Woods said that the partnership’s record for helping business start-ups was second to none. It had been responsible for more than a thousand, many of which had grown into successful businesses, including nationally recognised brands.

The combined vision and excellent working relationship between the Partnership, Erewash Borough Council, business partners and sponsors on projects meant that the partnership had been able to survive, prosper and provide support to the local business community.

He said Ian Viles’ vision, enthusiasm and commitment had been infectious to the team at Erewash.

He also credited those who had been members for 20 years – Derby College, Excel Office Equipment, Mabe Allen, Robinsons solicitors, Rodgers Leask, Saint-Gobain, Stanton Bonna and TecQuipment.

Senior Atlas Composites, of Ilkeston, which manufactures composites for various sectors, including motor sport, aerospace, defence, and satellite communications, won one of the five categories and was finalist in two others.

Managing director Shaun Moloney crowned the evening by winning the Geoffrey Nicholls Award for outstanding achievement, named after a former partnership chairman who also chaired both Stanton Ironworks and Stanton Bonna.

Shaun said: “The Partnership was a great help when we joined in 1997 soon after setting up, and has continued ever since.”

Bluebell Dairy in Spondon, which opened in 2008, won the small business award. The innovation award went to Ilkeston based Harlequin BPI, the community commitment award went to Ron Brooks and Home-Start Erewash.

TecQuipment in Long Eaton were the winners of the investment in education and training award.