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Semi-finalists celebrate ahead of the Niche Business Awards 2023

Leicestershire's best in business revealed.

Niche Business Awards semi-finalists stand with sponsors and judges
Semi-finalists with sponsors and judges

The semi-finalists of the ninth Leicestershire Niche Business Awards were announced to Leicester’s business community at the Menphys Hub in South Wigston last night (May 24).

More than 60 guests attended the networking event to hear the results of each of the 17 categories revealed by their category sponsors, who were responsible for selecting the semi-finalists.

Among the semi-finalists were large businesses that operate across the UK as well as family-run SMEs. Industries range from leisure to logistics and from education to environmental.

Cross Productions, a marketing agency that organises awards ceremonies, founded the Niche Business Awards in 2014.

Jenny Cross, CEO of Cross Productions, said: “Our category sponsors have worked exceptionally hard to select their semi-finalists. I know that several categories were particularly difficult to whittle down because the standard has just been so high this year."

An independent judging panel will now take over the process. They will conduct their own in-depth research into the semi-finalists, inviting each to a face-to-face interview on July 3. Finalists are to be announced later that month.

Bhumika Parmar, founder and director of BP Legal, which is the headline sponsor of the Niche Business Awards said: “We’ve loved working with Cross Productions on the Niche Business Awards 2023. We got behind the ethos of the awards many years ago and have sponsored the Businessman of the Year category in previous years.

"This year, our business has experienced another growth spurt making it the perfect time for us to take on headline sponsorship. I’m incredibly pleased with the judge’s results and really enjoyed meeting the nominees and semi-finalists at the announcement event.”

Bhumika Parmar from BP Legal makes a speech at the Niche Business Awards semi-finalists announcement
Headline Bhumika Parmar of BP Legal

The Leicester ceremony 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.

Jenny added: "The Niche Business Awards were set up to recognise the best in practice across the county. It’s genuinely mind-blowing to see not just the number of nominations received but the quality increase year on year. Leicestershire has a thriving business community, one that acts as a benchmark for other cities to aspire to.

"We’re very keen to welcome guests to the 2023 ceremony and finally get to reveal the surprises we’ve planned throughout the night. It’s a fantastic theme to celebrate Leicester’s culture and bring the community together.”

The Niche Business Awards 2023 will be held at Athena on Friday, September 8. Tickets can be purchased at

And the semi-finalists are...

Best Family Business

Sponsored By Kazzoo

Fraser Stretton Property Group


MNV Block Management

Premier Logistics

The Handy Family

What A Goal

Eco Excellence

Sponsored by Michael Smith Switchgear

De Montfort University

Digital Ethos


Enactus DMU

Red Monkey Play Ltd

Shrinker Digital

Best Small Business

Sponsored by Trident

Fraser Stretton Property Group

Healthy Stuff

Hollingsworths Solicitors

Intrusted Pensions

Mint Securities

Pattersons Commercial Law

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by KSAB Law

Bistro Live

ER Recruitment



The Superbia Group

Teamwork Partnership

Customer Service

Sponsored by Fraser Stretton Property Group

Bistro Live

CRS Matrix

Furnley House

Inside-Out Laser Clinic

Paradigm Wills & Legal Services


Businessman of the Year

Sponsored by BP Legal

Atul Lakhani

Barry Randall

Hitz Rao

Narinder Nijjar

Rik Pancholi

Utkarsh Thakkar


Sponsored by PPL PRS

Bistro Live

Knight & Garter

Novotel Leicester

The Griffin Inn

What A Goal

Winstanley House

Professional Services

Sponsored By Jerroms Miller Tax Specialists

Breedon Consulting

Paradigm Wills & Legal Services

Pattersons Commercial Law

Rowley Turton

Sarah Franklin - Motorsport Legal

Springfields Advisory

Best Large Business

Sponsored by Cymer Marketing

Bakers Environmental Solutions

Furnley House

Nelsons Law


Premier Logistics

William Davis

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by HIT Technology

Charity Link

Help The Homeless Leicester

Hope Against Cancer




Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by CRS Matrix

Cassie Davidson

Charles Bentley

Mark Smith

Pete Frost

Shahid Sheikh

Stefan Fura

Rising Star

Sponsored by Barratt Smith Brown

Anuj Ashar

David Rhodes

Kelly McCormack

Macauley Christopher

Selina Awty

Tracey Hallam

Businesswoman of the Year

Sponsored by Furnley House

Amanda Daly

Cassie Davidson

Harpreet Kashb

Jaz Kaur

Reena Bhalla

Sarah Higgins

Best New Business

Sponsored by Hollingsworths


Hamilton’s Honour

Holistic Family Mediation and Coaching

Karma Corner Gifts

Meesh Consulting

On Poynt Creative

Community Champion

Sponsored by The Bridge

Anita Rao

Greg Hollingsworth

Dean Weston

Team Lamp 2023 - Dave Green, Pete Martin & Greg Hollingsworth

Sean Baker

Bhavesh Sanghai


Anicca Digital

Giulia Mio Millinery

Hitz Rao Photography

Hickman & Smith Architects

Orange Fox Studio


Business Growth

Sponsored by Aims

Fraser Stretton Property Group

ICS Electrical

Intrusted Pensions

Parity Legal

Teamwork Partnership

TML Solicitors


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