Best of British Business Announced

National Business Awards 2009 sponsored by Orange

National Business Awards 2009 sponsored by OrangeOver 1200 business leaders and guests including keynote speaker Alistair Darling, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, attended the Orange-sponsored National Business Awards, to celebrate the success of the UK’s most innovative, ethical and resilient businesses in 2009.

“I am so pleased to be invited to this year’s National Business Awards. It is the pinnacle of business awards ceremonies and this is where Britain’s best, from across the public and private sectors, get the recognition and reward they deserve”

said Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaking at The Awards on Tuesday.

17 organisations and individuals were rewarded for their contributions to business success in Britain including Co-op boss Peter Marks who won the Orange Leader of the Year award. The public was invited to vote for their favourite leader to win the accolade and their votes were combined with those of an expert panel of 25 judges to make the final tough decision.

Liverpool’s T.J. Morris – Home Bargains won the 3i Private Business of the Year category; London-based Inmarsat triumphed with the Coutts & Co Large-Cap Business of the Year Award; and ASOS, the online fashion and beauty retailer, was presented with the Grant Thornton Mid-Cap Business of the Year Award.

“The tenacity, resilience, and pure determination of these organisations is something quite special. This is Orange’s eighth year of sponsorship of these awards and every year the bar gets higher, and every year the winners make the grade. At Orange we know the value of external recognition and all of the winners deserve to take the credit. They have opened their doors to scrutiny, been quizzed by the judges and have now been crowned the winners. We wish them all ongoing success and will watch with enthusiasm to see how they continue to develop going forward”

said, Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at Orange UK.

Public service organisations also fared well with The Environment Agency, based in Bristol, securing the Better Regulation Award. Forensic Pathways & Cambridgeshire Constabulary won the Orange Best Use of Technology in Business Award for its innovative private public partnership that set out to improve the management of police evidence and intelligence across Cambridgeshire. As the first adopter of FPL’s state-of-the-art technology now being rolled out across the globe, the Cambridge Force has seen significant upturns in efficiency and corresponding downturns in operating costs.

A category peppered with first class enterprises, the much sought after Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year accolade, went to Suffolk’s Go Ape!

“It’s past, one not without challenges, has brought to a healthy present and the Chief Gorilla (also known as Tristram Mayhew when he’s off duty) has laid out a careful and measured path to a diversified future and long term prosperity. The judges felt Go Ape! have all the makings of a model small-to-medium sized business”

said Robert Janes, Vice Chairman of Judges.

Commenting on the calibre and strength of the public and private sector organisations taking part in The National Business Awards this year, Philip Forrest, Chairman of Judges, said:

“All finalists have demonstrated great strength in the ability to adapt and innovate quickly in response to challenging circumstances this year. We’re seeing a diverse range of businesses enjoying success, which should rightly stimulate confidence for any organisation to invest in both financial and human capital terms in UK plc. On behalf of the judges I would like to offer our congratulations to all finalists and winners on their achievement to date and wish them continuing success in the year ahead.”

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, The National Business Awards, sponsored Orange, is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on success, innovation and ethical business. The National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremonies and round-table events and is United Business Media’s leading awards programme.

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for the full list of finalists and winners.

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