Celebrating the achievements of <br />
Staffordshire businesses

Celebrating the achievements of
Staffordshire businesses

A word from our sponsors:

“Our inaugural awards took place last year when more than 330 guests attended the ceremony at The Catalyst where accolades were presented across 11 categories. Now again, we are gearing up to recognise and reward the skill, talent, creativity and endeavour of the business community in Staffordshire and beyond. The awards campaign will shine a light on the best employers, entrepreneurs and innovators. This reinforces our commitment to being a Civic University and a catalyst for change – not only for our own students and staff but for the wider communities we serve.”

Professor Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University

“We have been proud to support our local business awards for many years and are doing so again in 2024. Every year, the awards highlight some of the greatest businesses we have right on our doorstep, here in Stoke-on-Trent and across Staffordshire. These awards help to showcase and celebrate the fantastic work they do, encouraging innovation and creativity, and keeping the area on the map as a great place to do business.”

Councillor Jane Ashworth, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council

“KMF are delighted to be able to sponsor the Staffordshire University Business Awards Apprentice of the Year category. Apprenticeships are an integral part of our business and we look forward to celebrating the success of the very best apprentices in Staffordshire.”

Gareth Higgins MBE, Managing Director of KMF Group

"Stoke-on-Trent College is delighted to be supporting the Staffordshire University Business Awards. The College wishes to reward businesses for their commitment to skills through their work with adults and young people in work-placements, apprentices and supporting the curriculum. We value the opportunity to engage with local businesses, many of whom we enjoy great partnerships with. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements of these businesses and the significant role they each play in skills development across key sectors which contribute to Stoke-on-Trent’s vibrant and prosperous economy. "

Lisa Capper MBE, CEO and Principal of Stoke-on-Trent College

“We are proud to be longstanding sponsors of the business awards. Our county boasts many successful businesses and entrepreneurs who all have great stories to share. The awards provides a platform for the business community to come together to celebrate and champion those successes.”

Ryan Yates, Group Operations Director of Beswicks Legal

"It’s a real honour for Stoke City to be involved in the Staffordshire University Business Awards. It’s a wonderful event that gives us all the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of so many local businesses, which we believe is hugely important."

Simon King, Chief Operating Officer of Stoke City FC

“Ambition, innovation, drive and determination to succeed are values that many of Staffordshire’s businesses are proud to live and breathe. Staffordshire University Business Awards is a wonderful platform to celebrate and reward success, we are delighted to sponsor for the 2024 awards.”

Fiona Hawkins, Managing Director of Plinkfizz

"As a visionary, business-led partnership working to enhance and promote the city centre, Stoke-on-Trent BID is committed to supporting businesses across many sectors, celebrating their success and boosting pride in our city.
"We are delighted to sponsor the Staffordshire University Business Awards which will enable the BID to strengthen its relationship with the connected University and strategic partners, highlight the importance of localism and loyalty as key attributes for a prosperous city centre, as well as showcasing the region’s spirit of innovation, creativity and resilience."

Paul Williams, Director of Stoke-on-Trent City Centre BID

“Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is proud to sponsor the Entrepreneur of the Year Category at Staffordshire University's Business Awards. Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our economy. This category helps to fuel the spirit of innovation, inspiring the next generation of Staffordshire entrepreneurs who are propelling the county towards a future defined by creativity, resilience and economic prosperity.”

Chris Plant, Deputy CEO at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

"Staffordshire is full of excellence within the business community, much of which goes unrecognised. I feel we underestimate just how good our area is at producing phenomenal businesses so there is a real need to promote, celebrate and acknowledge the talent we have in Staffordshire. The success of our business community should be an inspiration to others and the Staffordshire University Business Awards is a great place to showcase these local businesses."

Mark Inskip, Senior Financial Planner at RBC Brewin Dolphin

"Rydale Roofing are thrilled to be sponsoring the Staffordshire University Business Awards. It's so important to celebrate the successes of our fantastic local businesses and highlight their achievements."

Julie Mirowski, Director of Rydale Roofing Ltd

"At SG Fleet UK we are proud to sponsor the Staffordshire University Business Awards for the second year running. Recognising and rewarding the achievements of local talent is fundamental, as it supports a thriving business landscape in our community. We look forward to celebrating the success of Staffordshire’s brightest minds and businesses. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!"

Peter Davenport, Managing Director of SG Fleet UK

"Synectics Solutions has been proudly located close to Staffordshire University since Kevin and I started the business 30 years ago. Our county has a celebrated history as an industrial powerhouse and is now giving rise to cutting-edge technological innovations with wide-reaching impact. This gives us great pride in sponsoring the ceremony and recognising the inspiring people behind Staffordshire’s success."

Carol Shanahan OBE, Chair at Port Vale Football Club and Synectics Solutions

"At The Supply Register, we are passionate about supporting the growth and development of our local community. As an education recruitment company, nurturing and celebrating young people is an integral part of our business, and we're honoured to sponsor the Staffordshire University Business Awards, specifically the Young Business Person of the Year Award!"

Baljinder Kuller, Founder and Managing Director of The Supply Register

“After winning – amongst others – the Business of the Year accolade in 2023’s Staffordshire University Business Awards, GivEnergy is now proud to sponsor the 2024 event. The Awards present a welcome opportunity to shine a spotlight on just some of the innovative work happening right here on the doorstep. As we continue to scale here at GivEnergy, we remain incredibly proud of our Staffordshire roots. This is a fantastic place to do business, and that simple fact isn’t always celebrated enough. So, we look forward to celebrating Staffordshire success stories at the SUBAs. As the former winner, it couldn’t be more rewarding to pass the baton to a new wave of movers and shakers in the region.”

Dave Roberts, UK MD of GivEnergy

“The Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall are proud to be supporting our local business awards as Event Entertainment sponsor, as we aim to strengthen our growing relationship with Staffordshire University and partners. We’re looking forward to celebrating the creativity, passion and ambition of organisations and individuals across the region that make our city so great and celebrate the business community that supports our venues.”

Cheryl Taylor, Theatre Director at the Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall

"World of Wedgwood, rooted in the thriving business community of Stoke-on-Trent, proudly sponsors the Staffordshire University Business Awards, championing the success stories that emerge from our vibrant city, inspiring future generations in business and design."

Olivia Thackstone, Sales and Marketing Manager at World of Wedgwood

"As a local Stoke-based business, Foodhub is delighted to sponsor the Staffordshire University Business Awards and help to spotlight some of our local successes."

David McGuinness, Global Partnerships Director at Foodhub

“Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is proud to be a sponsor of the Staffordshire University Business Awards. The borough is home to some of the region’s most innovative businesses and inspirational businesspeople. The business awards is an opportunity to celebrate business success stories and to demonstrate what a fantastic place the borough is to do business.”

Councillor Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Latest News


January 2024

January 2024

The Staffordshire University Business Awards 2024 are officially launched and nominations open.

January to June 1, 2024

January to June 1, 2024

Nominations are open across all categories. Nominee articles about individuals and businesses are published on a daily basis to share positive news about the Staffordshire business community.

June 1, 2024

June 1, 2024

Nominations close and the judging process begins. Judges may visit entrants in some categories ahead of a judging day.

August, 2024

August, 2024

A pre-event drinks reception for finalists, judges and sponsors will be staged at the offices of Beswicks Legal.