Shortlist revealed for East Midlands Business Masters 2023 has revealed the shortlist for our East Midlands Business Masters 2023 – and tickets are now available for our Annual Dinner on Thursday October 19, from 6.30pm, at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham city centre.

The shortlist – derived from a record number of entries this year – will go forward to the awards evening, which will include key note speakers, a drinks reception, three-course dinner, entertainment and, of course, the Business Masters awards ceremony.

The judges

The judging panel this year consisted of: Jonny McPhee founder of headline sponsor Invictus Communications; Natalie Gasson-McKinley, development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses; Adam Pye, managing director at John Pye & Sons – a Nottingham-based family-run national company of auctioneers and valuers; Jade Martin, he property manager at Rushton Hickman, the Burton-based property consultancy, who was crowned Non-Executive Leader of the Year at our 2023 East Midlands Leadership Awards, held in Nottingham in March; Sam Scott, director at Northampton-based Panther Logistics, the two-person delivery specialists, which walked away with a double win after triumphing in the Large Business and Fast Growth categories at 2022’s East Midlands Business Masters Awards; and Dr Sukhi Ghuman, chairman and CEO of Octavian Group, whose UK arm won the Community Impact award at last year’s East Midlands Business Masters Awards.

Wherever there were conflicts of interest, our judges cast their vote for alternative entrants.

Sam Metcalf, Midlands editor at, said: “We were overwhelmed by the sheer range and number of entries to the Masters this year – we received 165 entries. I’d like to personally thank all the judges for their time, knowledge and effort in picking their shortlist – and I look forward to meeting the cream of the business world in the East Midlands at the Crowne Plaza in October. Good luck, everyone.”

The shortlist:

Start-up of the Year
Cosy Garden Room
Abacus Flooring
Chord Consult
Optimise by Recruitment
Eight Plus

Disruptor of the Year
Luxfer Gas Cylinders
Landsmiths Solicitors

Sustainability Award
Abacus Flooring
Marlec Engineering
Morley Hayes

International Trade
Cellomatics Biosciences
Marlec Enineering
Octavian IT

Octavian Security UK
St James Securities

Community Impact
Harper Recruitment
Furnley House
Derby Kids Camp
Penguin PR
Castle Gym/By Omni

Employer of the Year
NG Chartered Surveyors
Brindle & Green
Ambitions Personnel
The Superbia Group

Professional Services – Regional
Cortus Advisory
OakNorth Bank
Landsmiths Solicitors
OTB Legal
Duncan & Toplis

Professional Services – National
Syon Tax
Mr HR Hub
Finch Consulting
Rowley Turton

Property Business of the Year
Matthew Montague Architects
Hockley Developments
Mather Jamie
St James Securities

Hospitality & Leisure Business of the Year
200 Degrees Coffee
Binks Yard
Cleaver & Wake
Morley Hayes

Creative & Media Business of the Year
Honest Communications
Poppy PR
Champions (UK)
Cross Productions

Family Business of the Year
Ocean King
Colton Packaging
Time for You
A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service
S Brown Paving

Small Business of the Year (1-50 employees)
BB&J Commercial
Teamwork Partnership
Botham Accounting
Astute Recruitment
Eagle Eye Innovations

Medium Business of the Year (51-250 employees)
Luxfer Gas Cylinders
Ambitions Personnel
Hannells Estate & Letting Agents
The Recruitment Group
Premier Logistics (UK)

Large Business of the Year (251+ employees)
Octavian Security UK
200 Degrees Coffee

Outstanding Collaboration of the Year
The Stanford Gould Group
My HR Hub
Barefoot Coaching

Fast Growth Business of the Year
Viridis Building
Ocean King
Eight Plus
Teamwork Partners
200 Degrees Coffee

Ambassador of the Year
To be announced on the night