Two Lincoln businesses recognised ahead of Midlands Business Awards

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Two Lincoln businesses have been recognised ahead of this year’s Midlands Business Awards.

Now in its 13th year, The Midlands Business Awards aims to provide a legacy for firms, which embraces talent, entrepreneurs and business development.

Midlands Business Awards provides the platform for any business, from any industry, across the whole region to celebrate their success story and this year, both VisionDrive and Distract have been announced as finalists.

VisionDrive MD Ian Smith has been nominated for ‘Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year’, while Distract has been nominated for ‘Midlands Digital Communication Company of the Year’.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Athena, Leicester on Friday, March 8.

Take a look at the finalists:


Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Sarah Squire – Parcelink Logistics – Riddings Derbyshire
  • Tom Davenport – H2O Hygiene Limited – Walsall
  • Ian Smith – VisionDrive – Lincoln
  • Ashley Cooper – Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors (ECY) – Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
  • Matt Jones – Oxbrdge Home Learning – Birmingham
  • Gerry Moxham – Click Dealer Ltd – Stoke-on-Trent

Midlands Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Rebecca Dean – JRD Admin Aid Limited – Walsall
  • Chloe Avon – Dream Street Models – Cannock

Midlands Family Business of the Year

  • Wilsons Auctions – Telford
  • Woodland DBM – Derby
  • Travelworld Motorhomes – Telford
  • Click Dealer Ltd – Stoke-on-Trent
  • Fashion UK – Leicester
  • Chambers Pencils Limited – Stapleford

Midlands Service Provider of the Year – (£1m+)

  • H2O Hygiene Limited – Walsall
  • Want LTD – Bilston 
  • APT Training and Consultancy Ltd – Thumby, Leciestershire
  • Close Borthers Asset Finance and Leasing – Burton-upon-Trent
  • StadiumTM – Coventry
  • Banner Jones Solicitors – Chesterfield

Midlands Service Provider of the Year (up to £1m)

  • Michele Walsh Ltd – Derby
  • Oxbridge Home Learning – Birmingham
  • JRD Admin Aid Limited – Walsall
  • Moore Security Systems Ltd – Lutterworth

Midlands Innovation of the Year

  • Clifton Packaging Group Ltd – Leicester
  • Click Dealer Ltd – Stoke-on-Trent
  • StadiumTM – Coventry
  • Flotec Industrial Limited – Loughborough
  • Blue Whale Spa – Nottingham
  • Sage Qualifications – Newton Linford, Leicester

Midlands University of the Year

  • The University of Wolverhampton – Wolverhampton
  • University of Leicester – Leicester

Midlands Manufacturer of the Year

  • HL Plastics – Denby, Derbyshire
  • Blue Whale Spa – Nottingham
  • Chambers Pencils Limited – Stapleford

Midlands Exporter of the Year

  • Clifton Packaging Group Ltd – Leicester
  • TecQuipment Limited – Nottingham
  • Fashion UK Ltd – Leicester

Midlands Business Person of the Year

  • Tom Davenport – H2O Hygiene Limited – Walsall
  • Shahid Sheikh, OBE 0 Clifton Packaging Group Ltd – Leicester
  • Ashley Cooper – Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors (ECY) – Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
  • Alex Vit – UK Power Reserve – Solihull
  • Peter Allbutt – HJ Enthoben & Sons – Matlock, Derbyshire
  • Craig Bunting – BEAR – Derby

Midlands Corporate Commitment to the Community Award

  • Intouch Games Ltd – Halesowen
  • Close Brother Asset Finance and Leasing – Burton-on-Trent
  • The DM Lab – Hereford
  • Advance your Wellbeing – Birmingham

Midlands Digital Communication Company of the Year

  • Freestyle – Ashome, Warwickshire
  • Areca Design Ltd, Evesham
  • Distract Ltd – Lincoln
  • Crosscut Media LLP – Leicester