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Make your choice of these glittering prizes Kirklees Council New Business of the Year If your business began trading after January 1, 2011, why not enter this award and receive recognition for your hard work and determination? You may have brought a fantastic new product to market, found a niche area to focus on or overcome all odds to achieve success. Tell us about your business, your market place, your performance and your future plans to win the recognition you deserve. Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd SME of the Year Whatever your trade, if you employ up to 50 employees and can demonstrate achievements in your marketplace with evidence of an excellent business strategy, good financial performance and your potential for the future, enter this award and highlight your achievements. Walker Singleton Business of the Year If you are the best large business in Huddersfield, enter this award! Employing a workforce of more than 50 the business of the year will be able to demonstrate all round

business excellence, financial performance, business strategy and future plans. Stafflex Community Award Are you a company with a conscience and a commitment to social responsibility? Do you make a positive impact on your community? Make sure you receive the recognition you deserve for your commitment to your community and enter this award. Green Award Has your business applied environmental policies in the workplace? Have your products or services made a positive contribution to the environment? This award will highlight the very best examples of environmental actions by local businesses. HSBC International Business of the Year Has your business generated a substantial and sustained increase in activity outside of the region? The judges will look for evidence of the barriers that you have overcome and the degree to which national and international sales have created jobs and benefited our region’s economy.

David Brown Huddersfield ‘Place To Make It’ Award Are you proud to say that your business is based in Huddersfield? Are you flying the flag for our town as well as your products and services? This award will recognise a business who best demonstrates how their products, services and/or campaigns contribute to building a positive profile of Huddersfield, spreading the word that this is a place where businesses make it. University of Huddersfield Innovation and Enterprise Award This award celebrates new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have had an impact on an organisations success. Judges will be looking for originality of innovation, its impact, practicality of its application and the measurable benefits to the business. The Pink Link Employer of the Year We are looking for an employer who can demonstrate excellence in its approach to workforce development. Entrants will demonstrate why workforce development and

training is important to the organisation, how training needs and skills requirements are assessed and addressed, and the direct benefit gained by both individuals and the organisation. Fantastic Media Young Business Person of the Year Are you or one of your employees aged 40 or under a rising star in your industry, able to demonstrate outstanding achievements to date? Our young business person of the year will display excellent leadership and management skills that drive success for their business. Chadwick Lawrence LLP Business Person of the Year The Business Person of the year is a judges’ choice award and not open for entry. The winner selected will be an individual who stands out from the crowd, has an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrates outstanding achievement and inspires others around them. The winner of this award will have been instrumental to the success of their business, growing the reputation of both their business and the region.

Search starts for firms displaying winning ways WE’RE on the hunt for winners!

Hard-working companies across the Examiner circulation area have been bucking the national economic trend to achieve success over the past 12 months. They have been bringing in valuable orders, boosting sales and profits, investing in plant and machinery and creating jobs. They have supported training, developed new products and services and generated wealth for the local economy. The seventh annual Examiner Business Awards aims to recognise the skills and enterprise of these stand-out businesses. The Examiner has been joined once again by long-standing event sponsor Chadwick Lawrence in the search to find the businesses and individuals who make a major contribution to the local economy. The competition will culminate in a glittering awards night at the Galpharm Stadium when senior figures from the local business community will join category finalists, sponsors, their guests and the awards judges in the celebrations. Entries are invited for 11 categories – New Business of the Year, SME of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Award, Green Award, International Business of the Year, Huddersfield “Place to Make It” Award, Innovation and Enterprise Award, Employer of the Year, Young Business Person of the Year and Business Person of the Year. A panel of judges will choose the category winners, who will receive trophies and certificates at the spectacular awards night on Thursday, November 8, at the Galpharm Stadium. BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, who has been involved with the awards since their launch, will again host the gala event, which will also feature a celebrity speaker. Jeremy Garside, managing partner of Chadwick Lawrence, called on companies to take part in the town’s top business awards – and showcase their talents and achievements. He said: “Chadwick Lawrence is delighted to sponsor the Examiner Business Awards for the seventh year running. “Chadwick Lawrence is a key player in bringing local businesses together. As an active member of the Yorkshire business community, the company attributes much of its success to the local profile it has worked hard to build. “This constant interaction with the region’s businesses means Chadwick Lawrence understands the issues facing companies based in Yorkshire and are ideally placed to help. “Having had a major presence in Huddersfield

town centre over a number of years, the law firm has recently invested in a Leeds city centre office, giving the company true coverage of the West Yorkshire region and affirming its position as Yorkshire’s Legal People.” Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “In these troubled economic times there's more reason than ever to celebrate business success. “Companies of all sizes across a wide range of sectors have overcome serious challenges to boost exports, create jobs, bring new products and services to market and invest in their staff and equipment. “The Examiner Business Awards 2012 provide a chance to recognise that hard work. Why not be part of all that's best about trade and industry in Huddersfield – and raise the profile of your business – by entering the awards?” To enter, visit www.examinerbusinessawards.co.uk and download an entry form. Alternatively, you call the events team on 01484 437702 or email businessawards@examiner.co.uk to request a copy. The deadline for entries is Friday September 7, 2012. All entries received will be reviewed by our independent panel of judges and the shortlists announced in paper in September. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony hosted by Harry Gration on Thursday, November 8, at the Galpharm Stadium.

■ TALK OF THE TOWN: Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle (right) receives the prestigious Business Person of the Year Award from Chadwick Lawrence managing partner Jeremy Garside at the 2011 Examiner Business Awards


Playing a major part in town’s business sector LAW firm Chadwick Lawrence – “Yorkshire’s Legal People” – is delighted to announce its seventh annual sponsorship of the Examiner Business Awards.

Having sponsored the awards from the beginning, Chadwick Lawrence is a prominent member of the regional business community. And the firm believes in celebrating the success of local organisations – to recognise their achievements, encourage further economic growth and attract more investment to the Yorkshire area. Chadwick Lawrence has offices throughout the region including a new central Leeds location and a major, long-standing base in Huddersfield. The company takes the opportunity to actively support regional initiatives. It stages regular free seminars and training for local business and is a keen supporter of the Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership, taking a keen interest in promoting efforts to foster economic growth. The law firm is also heavily involved with other business groups working to highlight current issues affecting the business community. Jeremy Garside, managing partner of Chadwick Lawrence, said: “Working in partnership with our many commercial clients we quickly identify trends and issues affecting the region’s businesses – and as a result we work proactively with customers to address these.” It is this approach that has led to Chadwick

Lawrence having many long-term relationships with its commercial clients. The team works predominantly with small to medium-sized businesses with up to a £40m turnover and is able to handle almost all aspects of business law. The Chadwick Lawrence commercial services team is made up of three departments – corporate and commercial property, commercial litigation (including regulatory law) and employment law. The growth and expansion of the team resulted in the move into central Leeds earlier this year. Accessing the right advice at the right time is crucial for business owners who are faced with making important decisions about the future of their business or indeed in handling any other problems, challenges or dilemmas they may encounter. The recent economic climate has brought new questions and challenges for property-based businesses. The launch of a specialist legal team to assist businesses with commercial property advice and risk management has proved invaluable in helping the owners of commercial property and landlords – or indeed tenants. Specialist solicitors regularly handle cases in areas such as employment law, commercial contracts, commercial property work, employee compliance and training, disputes, licensing and planning, health and safety and much more. With several offices throughout the region, Chadwick Lawrence covers the whole of West Yorkshire.

■ GLASS ACT: Pictured receiving the Business of the Year Award from Steve Molloy (left), director of sponsor Walker Singleton, are Dual Seal Glass representatives (from left) David Meredith, Geoff Hancock and Nigel Meredith

Company goes from strength to strength A MANUFACTURING firm has enjoyed signal success after lifting one of the major trophies at last year’s Examiner Business Awards. Dual Seal Glass was the

worthy winner of the category for Business of the Year at the 2011 awards last November. The company was formed in 1995 by father and son David and Nigel Meredith to make double glazing units for houses – before switching to the commercial sector. Dual Seal moved from 12,000sq ft premises at Milnsbridge to a bigger site on Leeds Road and invested £1m in state-of-the-art cutting equipment. Dual Seal has supplied glass to contracts across the UK and mainland Europe. Most of those projects are for offices, hospitals, hotels and sporting venues – including Doncaster racecourse, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and numerous football grounds. The company has also worked on Huddersfield University’s creative arts building and Kirklees College’s Waterfront development. However, since winning the award last year, the firm has gone from strength to strength. Its most recent development has been to install a new toughening furnace to increase capacity

and improve energy efficiency. Nigel Meredith, commercial director, said: “Since winning the Business of the Year award, Dual Seal Glass has gone on to register a record turnover for the company of £11m with increased profits. “Despite a major downturn in the construction industry, we have continued to buck the trend. “Our recent £1m investment in a new state-of-the-art energy-saving toughening furnace – the first of its kind in the UK – has increased our size capability and meant a large influx of new enquiries and subsequently orders.” Mr Meredith said: “The prestige of winning the Examiner Business Awards has definitely led to an increased awareness about our company and increased exposure in the glass and construction publications throughout the UK. “It has also put a ‘spring in the step’ of everybody throughout our organisation to know that our company has been recognised locally for its achievements.”


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