Winners announced for the Niche Business Awards 2019

Niche Magazine has announced the winners for the 2019 Niche Business Awards. Now in its fifth year, the Niche Awards is a prestigious business awards that recognise the hard work of Leicester and Leicestershire’s business community.

The awards ceremony and dinner was held at The Athena on Friday 6, September and played host to an Arabian Nights theme.

The Niche Business Awards were created to highlight and reward excellence across the Leicestershire region; supporting both the private and public sectors to identify local companies and individuals who truly go the extra mile.

Category sponsor and winner of the Community Champion award, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals said: “What a night! The Niche Business awards once again showcased the county’s most dynamic and inspiring business leaders. I am humbled and honoured to receive the Community Champion Award; it was truly unexpected. Thank you to Niche for organising the event.”

Headline sponsor Bhavin Gandhi, Director of Paradigm Wills and Legal Services said: “Having attended the anticipated awards night over previous years, we were honoured to become 2019’s headline sponsor. It has been a fantastic night celebrating all that Leicester has to offer.”

The winners:

Young Champion

This special award recognises a young person who has contributed greatly to the local community.

Kian Deacy

Best New Business – sponsored by Hollingsworths

A company that has been trading for less than three years who are able to demonstrate a good business plan and performance to date.

360Autoleasing Leicester

Best Family Business – sponsored by Everards

This award is open to family-owned and run businesses where the family are still instrumental in the daily operations of the business.


Best Small Business – sponsored by Claremont Financial Planning Ltd

Our judges are looking for companies from 1-50 employees with a turnover under £5 million. What innovative processes are being used? What best practice? What sets this business apart from the competition?

CDS Global

Digital Business of the Year – sponsored by Creative62

We are searching for organisations that practice online. This award looks to find a company that is optimising elements such as exceptional delivery, site engagement & functionality, security, innovation, ethical practice or sales growth.


Innovation in Business - sponsored by SFB Group

We want to know how innovation has impacted the business. From a new product, process, invention, idea, or design. How is innovation embraced within the culture of the business?

Secret Whispers

Business Growth – sponsored by Southall Hathaway & Co

This award is for a business small or large that has seen considerable growth over the last 24 months.

Food Attraction Ltd

Rising Star – sponsored by Unity

Recognising an emerging leader in business whose work reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership and responsibility.

Darren Willoughby – 2XL Commercial Finance

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau

A Leicestershire company who stands out, looking at employee engagement, support, incentives and benefits.

QDTS Construction Ltd

Best Customer Service – sponsored by Leicestershire Garden Design

This award will be presented to the business that has provided the best service to their clientele. The business will be seen to regularly go ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to ensure their customers receive excellent service.


Leicestershire Charity of the Year – sponsored by Beau Aesthetica

The search is on for Leicester’s most loved charity. We want to find the charity that is active in making a positive impact within the Leicestershire community.


Achievement in Sport – sponsored by Leicester Racecourse

Searching for either a sportsperson or sports team who has provided outstanding service to the county. The individual/team can be active or retired. The individual/team may have brought glory on or off of the field of play or put Leicestershire on the map in a particular sport.

Leicester Falcons

Educational Excellence – sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

This award is designed to recognise excellence, expertise and demonstrate achievement in education. Criteria for this award corresponds closely to the belief that education plays a vital role in society supporting young people’s growth and preparing them to be adaptable, flexible, creative and responsive to future societal changes.

Leicester City in the Community

Professional Services – sponsored by The Miller Partnership

Recognising a business that shows evidence of strong professional performance, demonstrates excellence in its sector, offers excellent customer service and can identify what sets them apart from their competitors.

Brewin Dolphin

Businesswoman of the Year – sponsored by Evolve

The criteria for the Businesswoman of the Year Award are categorised into four areas: Financial Performance, Personal Qualities, Managerial Skills and Contribution to Leicestershire’s Development.

Cassandra Davison – Queen Victoria Arts Club

Businessman of the Year – sponsored by Glynis Wright & Co

The criteria for the Businessman of the Year Award are categorised into four areas: Financial Performance, Personal Qualities, Managerial Skills and Contribution to Leicestershire’s Development.

Sam Hagger – Beautiful Pubs Collective

Community Champion – sponsored by Paradigm Wills and Legal Services

This award will recognise a business professional who has demonstrated responsible business practices across the four areas of local community, environment, their people and supply chain.

Dr. Nik Kotecha OBE