Winners will be announced on September 8.
Fifty-one Leicestershire businesses have been selected as finalists of the Niche Business Awards 2023 this week.
They were chosen by a panel of independent judges who examined supporting evidence from hundreds of nominations. They've put forward three businesses or individuals across 17 categories.
Among the finalists are large businesses that operate across the UK as well as family-run SMEs. Industries range from leisure to logistics and from education to environmental.
Organised by marketing agency Cross Productions, the awards were invented to celebrate business across Leicestershire.
Bhumika Parmar, founder and director of BP Legal, which is the headline sponsor of the Niche Business Awards said: “Working with Cross Productions on the Niche Business Awards has been an excited journey.
"It’s encouraging to see so many nominations come in and to get to inspire and connect with other business owners that have made it through to the final round.”
The event is well-known for its quirky themes and for breaking down business formalities, bringing local professionals together to celebrate one another's success, rather than compete. This year’s theme is carnival so guests can expect the ceremony to be full of colour, music, and dancing.
The Niche Business Awards 2023 will reveal its winners on Friday, September 8. Tickets can be purchased via an online form.
…And the finalists of the Niche Business Awards are
Best Family Business
Sponsored By Kazzoo
Fraser Stretton Property Group
Sponsored by Michael Smith Switchgear
De Montfort University
Best Small Business
Sponsored by Trident
Pattersons Commercial Law
Employer of the Year
Sponsored by KSAB Law
Sponsored by Fraser Stretton Property Group
Paradigm Wills & Legal Services
Businessman of the Year
Sponsored by BP Legal
Atul Lakhani – Sanjay Events
Rik Pancholi – Pattersons Commercial Law
Utkarsh Thakkar – RUUT Homes
Sponsored by PPL PRS
The Griffin Inn
Sponsored By Jerroms Miller Specialist Tax
Sarah Franklin - Motorsport Legal
Best Large Business
Sponsored by Cymer Marketing
Charity of the Year
Sponsored by HIT Technology
Hope Against Cancer
Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by CRS Matrix
Cassie Davison – The Gate Hangs Well
Mark Smith – Intrusted Pensions
Pete Frost - Unity
Sponsored by Barratt Smith Brown
Anuj Ashar – Beta Booster
Kelly McCormack – Event Psychologist
Macauley Christopher – Premier Logistics
Businesswoman of the Year
Sponsored by Furnley House
Amanda Daly – The Turnaround CEO
Jaz Kaur – Fraser Stretton Property Group
Sarah Higgins – Sarah Higgins Corporate Coaching
Best New Business
Sponsored by Hollingsworths
Holistic Family Mediation and Coaching
On Point Creative
Sponsored by The Bridge
Anita Rao – Wesley Hall Community Centre
Dean Weston – Dean Weston
Sean Baker – Spectrum Sensory Sports CIC
Giulia Mio Millinery
Hickman & Smith Architects
Orange Fox Studio
Sponsored by Aims