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Fantastic four compete for top regional business prize

7 April 2014

Four of the regions most dynamic companies are competing head-to-head for this years coveted Nottingham Post Business Awards Company of the Year accolade.

The winner will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 1 May which marks one of the highlights in the regions business calendar.

The shortlist for the 2014 award, which was selected by a panel of experts from LDC, KPMG, Lloyds Banking and Browne Jacobson, includes:

  • Hillarys Blinds Limited
  • LION Trackhire Limited
  • Pork Farms Limited
  • Potter Clarkson LLP

Headquartered in Nottingham, Hillarys Blinds was established in 1971 by Tony Hillary and is the UKs leading made-to-measure blinds manufacturer. With an annual turnover of c.£100m and a 1000 strong workforce the company owns 24 of the domestic market and sells 30,000 individual blinds each week.

LION Trackhire is ranked in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table of Britains fastest growing private companies over the last three years. Founded in 2009, the business provides temporary, portable access roads for events, festivals and construction sites. Recent events have included Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower Show, London Olympics, as well as the Leeds and Reading music festivals. The company has offices in Worksop and Stuttgart and operates across Europe, with customers in Italy, Germany, France, Denmark and Austria.

Pork Farms Group is one of the UKs leading food companies, specialising in the chilled savoury pastry market, which is currently worth £1bn. Established over 160 years ago, the company sells over 160 million products every year, both within their own branded portfolio and for key retail partners including Asda, M&S and Sainsburys.

Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson is a leading European intellectual property firm and has been advising clients in the UK, Europe and worldwide on patents, trademarks, designs, and related fields since 1889. With more than 50 patent and trade mark professionals, Potter Clarkson successfully handles some of the most complex and challenging patent and trade mark cases across industries including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics, computing and engineering.

Richard Cox, corporate partner at Browne Jacobson which is sponsoring the award this year, said:

"We have been involved in the awards for many years and are delighted to be sponsoring the Company of the Year Award again this year. The awards offer a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to showcase their achievements, raise their profile and recognise the contribution of their people. The standard of applications this year has been incredibly high and we are looking forward to announcing the winner at the awards dinner on 1st May."

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