Aerial shot of the Sheffield Business Awards 2018

An entertaining night showcasing the best of Sheffield business


Strictly dancers, jazz singers and comedy video clips – the 17th Sheffield Business Awards, held on 29 November 2018, were nothing if not entertaining. But behind the fun and glamour of the evening, there was a great feeling of positivity about Sheffield businesses.

The event was attended by Simm staff, with special guest Alex Robinson from Made in Yorkshire. Hosted by the BBC presenter Dan Walker, who lives in Sheffield and is married to a local, the awards saw a number of speakers take to the stage.

These included the Editor of the Sheffield Star, Nancy Fielder, who talked about how Sheffield was a place that was determined to succeed on its own terms. Despite a few near misses, such as Channel 4 establishing its HQ in Leeds, she sad there have been several outstanding developments that the city can be proud of.

The awards are organised by the Chamber of Commerce and the new President, Steve Manley, spoke about his passion for supporting the youth of the city.Steve Manley, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce President, thanking Simm Engineering Group

The Chamber charity of the year, SCCCC (Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care) showed how they support the elderly in the local community by fighting the battle against loneliness. All proceeds raised from the silent auction and scratch cards sold on the night will go to SCCCC.

The 14 awards included the Simm sponsored Large Business of the Year award, which our Managing Director Ian Harrison this year presented to Bluetree Group, a fast-growing retailer and manufacturer of print and a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 company.

As well as entertainment from the current UK champions and Strictly dancers, Ben and Katie, there was a fantastic set from swing and jazz singer Paul Pashley following the awards.UK Champion ballroom dancers Ben and Katie

Paul also joined forces with Steve Manley, Dan Walker and the Managing Director of City Taxis, Arnie Singh, for a brilliant comedy video celebrating City Taxis’ sponsorship of the Outstanding Business of the Year award. The video, which went down a storm with the audience, saw them supposedly travelling to the awards in a cab from City Taxis, singing hair metal songs accompanied by wigs and props.

Ian Harrison said: “It was a brilliant evening all round and we were pleased to be able to once again sponsor a major award, which went to worthy winners, the Bluetree Group. Simm Engineering has been operating in Sheffield for more than 75 years and we look forward to a positive future working with businesses in the city and the surrounding area.”

Ian Harrison, Dan Walker and award winners from Bluetree Group