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Launchpad Awards 2019

Celebrating Everything that makes Start-ups in the Sheffield City Region Special

The Sheffield City Region is brimming with entrepreneurial talent and it was the talents of some of the region’s newest and most promising business ventures which were showcased at the 2019 Launchpad Awards.

Celebrating the achievements of new and aspiring business owners, this was a night for the do-ers, the dreamers and the achievers, with some incredible achievements and journeys being shared.

Compered by Hallam FM’s Simon Morykin, the event offered guests a chance to hear from and pose questions to Emma Jones MBE, founder of the Enterprise Nation who summed up the spirit of the evening “Starting a business takes time, resilience and a can do attitude. It’s an incredible thing to do which brings both challenges and opportunities”.

The 2019 Launchpad Awards recognises the efforts of growing businesses, inspirational achievements as well as many new and innovative ideas which are playing their part in shaping the local economy. The Sheffield City Region has so much to offer and it’s a great place to start a business. The Launchpad Awards were created to recognise and reward the aspiring entrepreneurs and new businesses in the area, for the hard work that goes in to setting up and running a business.

The winners of the 2019 Launchpad Awards are:

Launchpad Champion 2019: LensGo Visual Media
Start up Business of the Year: No18 Interiors
Rising Star Business of the Year: My Chronicle Book Box
Growth Business of the Year: LensGo Visual Media
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: William Chew, Mak Tok
Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year: Jennifer Ryder, Cawthorne Cat Hotel
Inspiring Achiever of the Year: William Chew, Mak Tok
Made in the Sheffield City Region: Mamma Made It

To see what they had to say about becoming Launchpad Award Winners, please check out our video page.

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The Launchpad Awards 2019 will be held at 92 Burton Road Sheffield, home of the Peddler Markets, on Friday the 27th September 2019.

If you haven’t been to 92 Burton Road before, it is a characterful warehouse which bears the marks and impressions of Sheffield’s great industrial heritage and is a chilled, fun and informal venue. Seating is provided by the Bavarian-style beer tables and benches, creating the perfect ambience for our fun and relaxed evening where the focus is on rewarding and recognising the individuals and businesses that Launchpad has supported.

The event will start at 6pm with welcome drinks and a chance to chat with other business from across the Sheffield City Region, and the Awards ceremony will begin at 6.30pm

Your ticket includes a welcome drink and food provided by some of the Region’s finest street food vendors.

Click here to book your ticket and guarantee your place at the Launchpad Awards 2019