Well done to all the 2024 nominees – good luck to you all!

The Universities of Hull & Lincoln Small Business AwardCars of Grimsby LtdXceCo LtdRiverhead Coffee
The Pattesons Glass Business Growth AwardCartwright Vehicle ConversionsXceCo LtdBacon Engineering
The Wilkin Chapman Business Person of the Year AwardMichelle Harness – Scunthorpe United Football ClubAngie Graham – Cudox Wellbeing CICAshley Budworth – AB Security Solutions Ltd
The Bridge McFarland LLP Excellence in the Community AwardOngo CommunitiesThe Attis ArenaProjekt Renewable
The North East Lincolnshire Business Development AwardXceCo LtdPAL Bar + KitchenAnything Goes CIC
The North Lincolnshire Business Investment AwardHunt Leisure LtdCartwright Vehicle ConversionsGodiva Hair Loss & Wig Specialists
The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence AwardBacon EngineeringCorrBoard UKS. Smith & Co Accountants
The Pepperells Innovation AwardSC4 (UK) LtdCorrBoard UK/Omni-Pac GroupSouthern Trident Ltd
The HETA Green Sustainability AwardSouthern Trident LtdPAL Bar + KitchenGrimsby Community Energy
The Sylvester Keal Young Business Person of the Year AwardJack Lobaczewski – RSUK GroupNatalie Lynskey – S. Smith & Co. AccountantsCharlotte Rycroft – Elsham Activity Centre
The DN Colleges New Business AwardAB Security Solutions LtdProjekt RenewableNorth Lincs Consultancy
Special AwardsWinners
The Forrester Boyd Business of the Year AwardXceCo Ltd
The Lifetime Achievement AwardMike Parker
Special Award for Journalism and Service to the Northern Lincolnshire Business CommunityDave Lister

Find out more about this year’s nominees!

XceCoThe Universities of Hull & Lincoln Small Business Award Nominee, The Pattesons Glass Business Growth Award Nominee and The North East Lincolnshire Business Development Award Nominee

Grimsby-based XceCo Ltd. has earned recognition from BlackRock as one of the top quartile asset managers globally. Apart from fostering local employment opportunities, XceCo actively stimulates the economy of Grimsby and Northern Lincolnshire by utilizing the local supply chain.

Additionally, the company invests in the future workforce by offering work placements for college students and participating in career fairs at local schools and universities, ensuring sustainability in the renewable energy sector.

Through various community initiatives, including partnerships with St. Andrew’s Hospice Grimsby and sponsorship of local sports teams and environmental projects, XceCo demonstrates its commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship, solidifying its status as a sustainable and visionary company in Northern Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson said: “We aspire to extend our footprint globally, leveraging our expertise and experience gained in the UK market to seize opportunities and address energy challenges across diverse regions, contributing to a more sustainable and interconnected world.”

XceCo Limited’s managing director and co-founder, Bailey Bradley played a pivotal role in establishing the company as a leading asset manager in the UK’s renewable energy sector. Bailey’s leadership has been vital in shaping XceCo into a top-tier renewable energy asset management firm, while his broader contributions drive positive change within the industry.

Find out more about the company here:

Riverhead CoffeeThe Universities of Hull & Lincoln Small Business Award Nominee

Celebrating 9 years in business this year, Riverhead Coffee has two local independent coffee shops in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. With a strong local following, the brand has a reputation for a warm friendly welcome and serving up a fresh healthy and delicious food menu as well as expertly crafted coffee.

Find out more about the business here:

CARS of GrimsbyThe Universities of Hull & Lincoln Small Business Award Nominee

Jason & Lisa Barker, Directors of CARS, said:

“CARS of Grimsby is an independent, family-run accident repair centre serving Grimsby and the surrounding areas. We repair many vehicle types, including cars, vans, motorhomes and HGVs and can also carry out insurance repairs.

“Our ethos is to provide effective and consistent service to our customers, and ensure they feel fully informed throughout their repair journey, as we understand that no two customer journeys or sets of circumstances are ever the same.

“To win an award at the NLBAs would be brilliant recognition for our quality-driven team, who continuously put our customers at the forefront of everything they do.”

To find out more about the company, visit:

BACON EngineeringThe Pattesons Glass Business Growth Award Nominee and The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award Nominee

David Bacon, Managing Director, said:

“We are delighted and proud to have been selected as nominees for 2 awards, the Pattesons Glass Business Growth Award and The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award.

“As we celebrate our 125th anniversary this year, I think this is a first for us and being nominated is recognition of the significant efforts and progress made by our team over the last 30 months.

To actually win an award would be a phenomenal achievement for a small family business like ours.”

To find out more about the company, visit:

CorrBoardThe Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award Nominee and The Pepperells Innovation Award Nominee

Managing Director, Rob Burgin, comments:

“Training is a big focus for us here at CorrBoard, not least because we want our colleagues to meet with their career aspirations and potential. That is why we are so pleased to be shortlisted in this award category. It is recognition for the business, but most importantly our team. We are very much looking forward to celebrating with all shortlisted candidates at the event.

“Partnerships are integral to the culture we have at CorrBoard. How we work with Omni-Pac is a brilliant example of what can be achieved when we all think differently. Being shortlisted for the Innovation Award gives us a further opportunity to share our approach and to encourage others to do the same. After all, one person’s waste can easily become another person’s treasure! We look forward to sharing more of our story during the event.”

For more information about the organisation, please visit:

Godiva Hair Loss & Wig SpecialistsThe North Lincolnshire Council Business Investment Award Nominee

Paula Davies, Director, Godiva Hair Loss & Wig Specialists, said:

“I previously worked as an NHS Manager and after becoming a hair loss sufferer myself and finding that there was very little support for people seeking hair loss solutions, I therefore established Godiva Hair Loss & Wig Specialists in 2018.

“We now have 7 staff members. We have consulted with over 2800 clients over the last 6 years. We have our own trademarked hair loss solution methods that are recognised internationally, we are a national NHS wig supplier and teach in the USA on a regular basis. We have students who have trained with us in Europe, Canada, USA and Australia.

“I am also a trained clinical Trichologist and can provide clients with a hair loss diagnosis and treatment plan.”

For more information about the company, please visit:

RSUKThe Sylvester Keal Young Business Person of the Year Award Nominee

RSUK Group is a multi-award-winning company comprised of four divisions: RSUK Repairs, RSUK Solar, RSUK Electrical, and RSUK EV.

The company aims to help clients save money and lower carbon emissions by providing energy-saving solutions. Leveraging its extensive experience gained over many years, RSUK Group ensures that the solutions provided are the best fit for its clients. Attaining accreditations and memberships affirms the company’s credibility and commitment to delivering the best service to clients.

The headquarters, strategically located in Grimsby, offers easy access to local transportation infrastructure, allowing the company to serve clients both at a local and national level.

As the founder of RSUK Group, Jack Lobaczewski has achieved significant success in driving the growth and development of the company. His commitment to sustainable energy solutions, coupled with a dedication to his employees and local community, has positioned him as a leader in the industry.

Jack is honoured to be shortlisted for the Sylvester Keal ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ award and believes that his determination, drive, and dedication make him a worthy candidate.

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SC4The Pepperells Solicitors Innovation Award Nominee

SC4 are delighted to be nominated for the Innovation Award. Francesca Eddy, Commercial Manager, SC4 UK Ltd, said:

“We have always prided ourselves on being an independent forward-thinking family business, our founder Edwin Eddy had a determined vision when establishing SC4 in 1983 which has continued and evolved through Shay and Karen.

“We commissioned a patented splitting line in the 90s designed by Edwin and Shay, which produced T sections of a quality standard unoffered anywhere else in the steel industry, and that stands to this day.

“We have continuously invested in machinery and our people to offer the most up to date products and services to the highest quality in a demanding fast paced market. Our most recent innovation is a culmination of 7 years work with a leading academic in the field of perforated beams – The Herculean Beam: which offers our customers a revolutionary steel beam optimising structural strength whilst lowering costs and carbon footprint.”

More information can be found on the herculean and all services which SC4 provide by visiting:

Cartwright Vehicle ConversionsThe Pattesons Glass Business Growth Award Nominee and The North Lincolnshire Council Business Investment Award Nominee

Simon Sharkey – Cartwright Vehicle Conversions MD – told us:

“Cartwright Vehicle Conversions has undergone significant growth over the past 12 months, largely due to an ambitious export strategy and substantial investment in green energy. Without the support of our dedicated workforce none of this would have been possible; for this reason, we have entered the Business Growth Award and the Business Investment Award as the recognition would mean the world to staff at the company.”

Find out more about the company here:

Southern TridentThe Pepperells Solicitors Investment Award Nominee and The HETA Green Sustainability Award Nominee

Southern Trident is a pioneering company in environmental horticulture that has developed the world’s only carbon-neutral compost brand, Harmony Gardens as well as our peat-free coir range, Coco Coir. With a focus on producing truly environmentally responsible products, Southern Trident strives to lead the way in producing high-quality potting soils for gardeners and commercial nurseries.

Image: Steve Harper, CEO, Southern Trident

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Charlotte Rycrotft, Elsham Activity CentreThe Sylvester Keal Young Business Person of the Year Award Nominee

Charlotte Rycroft started working at Elsham Activity Centre in 2017 as Events Manager and was made Director in 2022.

Elsham Activity Centre offers over 20 unique, fun & exciting outdoor activities that creates an unforgettable experience for all types of people & occasions. Corporate Team Building days, School trips, Kids Parties, Stag & Hen Do’s, or just a day out for fun! Plus they offer a mobile service to take their activities to any venue.

Charlotte said:

“I feel very honoured to be nominated, I absolutely love working at Elsham Activity Centre, I run all aspects of the business so every day is different. I feel very lucky that one day I can be in the office doing accounts, then the next outside all day, running an event. I take pride in providing the best day to every single customer that comes to us. It’s an unbeatable feeling at the end each day when the customers are full of smiles & laughter saying how great the day has been.”

To find out more about Elsham Activity Centre, please visit

Grimsby Community EnergyThe HETA Green Sustainability Award Nominee

Grimsby Community Energy are a unique local organisation run by its members who are dedicated to bringing community energy projects to our local area. Such as the 300kW of solar recently installed at CATCH.

Steve Rusling, Communications and Development Officer, said:

“We believe that Grimsby Community Energy should win the renewables award because over 8 years we have brought 100 members together to invest £400,000 on solar PV, installing it on 10 community building that otherwise would not have had had it.”

To find out more about the organisation, visit:

Angie Graham, CUDOX Wellbeing CICThe Wilkin Chapman LLP Business Person of the Year Award Nominee

CUDOX Wellbeing CIC was founded by Angie Graham who speaks openly about her personal struggles with mental health and how her own experience was a catalyst in her desire to support others.

Angie, along with her team, have created a unique trauma informed therapy service for adults, young people, couples and families. A service whereby individuals are viewed through a compassionate lens of empathy, understanding, and kindness.

Cudox’s mission is to ensure that anyone who needs person-centred therapy can access it regardless of their situation in life which means that free and subsidised sessions are available for those who can’t afford to pay privately.

To find out more about the organisation, please visit:

North Lincs Consultancy ServicesThe DN Colleges New Business Award Nominee

Established in January 2023, North Lincs Consultancy Services has swiftly become the region’s leading provider of invaluable support to local and national clients seeking to enhance their business operations across various areas.

Managing Director Shaine Gill-Ohrt said:

“NLCS offer tailored business solutions through expert management consulting services, specialising in Management systems standards, Environmental Permit compliance, and Carbon Footprint benchmarking & reduction planning. Leveraging over a decade of experience in managing compliance systems for the region’s largest independently owned packaging manufacturer, we empower our clients with efficient systems implementations and unparalleled technical support, ensuring their compliance with current and future obligations.”

“Over the last 12 months, our expert Carbon Footprint support has enabled over 20 businesses to establish their carbon footprint, formulate reduction plans and implement these actions to achieve a carbon saving of over 100t per annum CO2e, with a further 12 businesses due to follow over the next 3 months.”

“At the same time, we have supported one of the UK’s largest vehicle conversion companies with their Carbon Reporting compliance, as well as giving a guest lecture at the Midlands Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining on the complexity of upcoming UK Packaging Regulations. The event, titled “Pack to the Future” included some of the regions’ most prominent businesses, as well as colleagues from Michigan State University in the USA.”

Speaking about the nomination for the DN Colleges New Business Award, Managing Director Shaine Gill-Ohrt said: “This nomination is an unbelievable achievement for our very young business. Last year we attended the NLBA 2023 at the Scunthorpe Bath’s Hall as guests. This year, we get to rub shoulders with the brightest and best in the region. Our first year has been a fairytale ride and the outlook ahead looks even brighter. Being recognised for our achievements is fantastic in its own right – wining the category would be the cherry on top of an amazing journey. However, win or not, being able to share this experience with so many talented individuals is already a massive win for us.”

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Projekt RenewableThe Bridge McFarland LLP Excellence in the Community Award Nominee and The DN Colleges New Business Award Nominee

Projekt Director, Richard Askam, said:

“An educational and cultural hub, Projekt Renewable has been created to inspire the next generation of renewable energy experts through a ‘destination’ full of immersive experiences. Creating a better environment for the future of our planet and the generations to come, with homegrown talent at its core – this is what Projekt Renewable embodies.

“Supported by The Crown Estate, myenergi, RWE, the NSPCC, Wilkin Chapman LLP and North East Lincolnshire Council, alongside a whole host of #projektpatrons, Projekt Renewable unites the area’s future and past, with an aim to make the potential of renewable energy accessible to anyone and everyone.

“In less than a year, the overwhelming backing from our community and local businesses has propelled Projekt to excel in community engagement, fostering a positive impact on Grimsby’s environment and its community. This award nomination symbolises our wider team’s commitment to catalyse the support received and messages being circulated regionally, particularly from those dedicated to advancing the renewable sector in North Lincolnshire. This shortlisting is a testament not just to Projekt, but to the collaborative efforts of our patrons, the community itself and numerous others, who have been instrumental in our journey.”

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Anything GoesThe North East Lincolnshire Council Business Development Award Nominee

Rachael Williamson said:

‘We are so proud to be nominated for an award in the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards. We have the best team at Anything Goes and every single one of them deserves this recognition.

“Anything Goes started its journey with a handful of people doing craft and art workshops once a week. Forward to 4 years later and the team have grown, the shop supporting over 60 local micro businesses has grown and under 5s soft play, plus the observatory library, have evolved. We are so excited and proud to be nominated and also where the Anything Goes journey will take us next. Well done team ATG.”

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Ongo UKThe Bridge McFarland LLP Excellence in the Community Award Nominee

Jan Williams from Ongo UK, said:

“We would love to win the Excellence in the Community Award as the team work tirelessly to help and support people in our communities. It would be fantastic to be recognised as a local charity that really makes a difference to people’s lives. Ongo customers tell us every day about how our services really help them to move forward in their lives, and I am sure they would be very proud if we win the Excellence in the Community award.”

To find out more about Ongo UK, visit:

AB Security SolutionsThe Wilkin Chapman LLP Business Person of the Year Award Nominee and The DN Colleges New Business Award Nominee

AB Security Solutions is a security company based in Lincolnshire proving manned guarding, patrols, key holding, and response to business across the country.

The company was established in 2021 by Ashley Budworth where he was supported and soon joined full time by Kelly Ventham. Between them they strategically developed their security services nationwide working alongside some high profile clients.

Kelly said: “Our excellent reputation and determination to succeed has been recognised by many of our clients which in turn has allowed our business to grow significantly in a short space of time. Around the clock dedication and sacrifice has established our Lincolnshire based company with a strong foundation to provide security services you can trust.”

“Proudly we support local businesses and where possible provide sponsorship – including that of Scunthorpe United – ATTIS Arena, Brigg Town Football Club, Brigg Grassroots U14’s and more recently Max Searby the upcoming ‘Strongman’ at only 23 years of age based here in Grimsby.”

“Its an absolute privilege to be shortlisted for 2 awards following our first ever awards entry.”

“We are a Lincolnshire born and bred business who started our journey in 2021 with one mission, that was to provide security services professionally and competitively whilst upholding high standards and building a strong foundation for our family run business. We focus on our team encouraging openness, diversity and personal development and we are always open to explore new opportunities. These awards will mean so much to us following the relentless hours and commitment we have laboured into making our business stand out from the crowd, we are so passionate about our success so that others can be rewarded for our recognition and allow our partners the pride in working with an award winning business.”

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S. Smith & Co AccountantsThe Grimsby Insitute Training Excellence Award Nominee and The Sylvester Keal Young Business Person of the Year Award Nominee

“S. Smith & Co Accountants was established in 2003 – an exceptional end to end provider of business and accountancy solutions. Offering a full range of services from start-up advice, company formation, payroll, VAT, monthly and annual accounts, tax returns, investigation work and everything in between, we pride ourselves on offering only the absolute best service.”

Based on great values and good ethics the business has continued to grow naturally since its inception. S. Smith & Co is currently situated at 4 Ashby Road in Scunthorpe, having invested heavily in its capital expenditure and renovated the premises to its specific needs. Employing 7 team members the business is managed on a day to day basis by its managing partner, director, Natalie Lynskey who is supported by founder and co-owner Stephanie Dexter.

The Grimsby Institute Training Excellence Award – Stephanie Dexter “We are thrilled to be nominated for the training excellence award, this recognises our continuous learning culture within the organisation. We are a proud advocate of the apprenticeship programme, with over 70% of our workforce starting their professional life as apprentices. This reflects the firm’s commitment to recognising talent from within and fostering growth opportunities for its employees.”

Sylvester Keal Young Business Person of the Year Award – Natalie Lynskey “I’m honoured to be nominated for the young business person of the year award. Since joining S Smith & Co in 2014, I’m delighted to have progressed to director and partner of the business. I take great pride in the service myself and the rest of the team provide to all our clients, I’m looking forward to continuing to progress the business into the future.”

To find out more about the company, visit:

PAL Bar & KitchenThe North East Lincolnshire Council Business Development Award Nominee and The HETA Green Sustainability Award Nominee

Lewis Parry, Managing Director at PAL Bar & Kitchen said:

“We’re so proud to be nominated for the Business Development Award and the HETA Sustainability award. We’ve been championing sustainability in a very unsustainable market not just in North Lincolnshire but across the entire UK. The whole team are so grateful for these nominations and recognition for all their hard work!

“PAL started as an idea to do better! To develop our community and strive for excellence not just in our food and our service but also our contribution to the community and our impact on the planet.

“We push everyday to be amazing for our customers and look into our practices to grow not just as a company but our impact on the sustainability conversation. We have one planet, let’s look after it!”

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Hunt LeisureThe North Lincolnshire Council Business Investment Award Nominee

“Hunt Leisure is a forward-thinking leisure and hospitality business. Family owned and proud of our North Lincolnshire base and heritage, we are continuing to create exciting leisure destinations across the region. Our focus initially has been supporting the regeneration of the historic market town of Brigg, and our current venues include:

• The Exchange Hotel, Brigg

• The Doghouse Public House, Brigg

• Lascito Restaurant & Bar, Brigg

• Beldon House Guest House, Brigg

• Hirst Priory, Crowle

• Henry’s Sports Bar & Live Entertainment Venue, Brigg (due to open May 2024)

Declan Hunt said “I am deeply honoured and incredibly grateful to be nominated for the North Lincolnshire Business Investment Award. This acknowledgement of our efforts so far only serves to fuel our motivation to forge a lasting legacy that positively impacts our local area for generations to come.”

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Scunthorpe United, Michelle HarnessThe Wilkin Chapman Business Person of the Year Award Nominee

James Moody, Media, Ticketing and Retail Manager, said:

“Michelle’s impact on Scunthorpe United and the local community has been exemplary. She has given a new lease of life, a new belief and a new determination to the staff working for the club, the fans, and an invigoration to the town as a whole moving forward.

“Conducting herself with the utmost dignity and professionalism, Michelle has combatted and navigated the club through unprecedented dark times, providing a clear light at the end of the tunnel which has been realised by all. Her business acumen, her detailed expertise and her sheer willpower and drive has brought the football club as a business from the brink, to one everyone can be proud of once more. A true Iron lady!”

New Show Ground Community Interest Company was created to protect the stadium (The Attis Arena) at Glanford Park for future generations.

To develop and support the sustainability of the club, making it a key, integral part of the community for years to come.

Current board members: Laura Matic (Chair), Lesley Potts, Michelle Harness, Roj Rahman, Ian Sharp, George Aitkenhead and Rob Waltham

A conscientious group of local businessmen and women, fully committed to the CIC with hopes, to continue to bring great developments for all the community to enjoy and be proud of.

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