2014 – 10 October 2014

Event Sponsor - Lloyd Dowson

Award Winners

At the Awards Evening on Friday 10 October 2014, the Overall Business of the Year was awarded to Specialist Marine Consultants.

Judges comment: Overall, the standard of finalists this year was outstanding. Choosing the category winners and the Overall Business of the Year was far from easy, and the judges would like to congratulate all the finalists.

The Category award winners are shown below:

Category Winner
Lifetime Achievement Award Peter Shipp
Start Up Business of the Year Tapasya Restaurant & Bar
Small Business of the Year Specialist Marine Consultants
Medium/Large Business of the Year Bee Health
Social Enterprise of the Year HFR Solutions CIC
Fisheries Business of the Year Independent Shellfishermen's Co-operative
Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year Wrygarth Inn
Training Business of the Year HOTA
Retail Business of the Year St Stephens Shopping Centre
Green Business of the Year S&J Synergy
Business Person of the Year Steve Ryan
Judges' Innovation Award Matthew's Enterprise Trust


Silken Strings


Silken Strings - the electric string group that's taking the country by storm. This stunningly glamorous girl trio, each one educated to the highest level at the country's most prestigious musical colleges, combine elegance and musical excellence to provide a high energy, attention grabbing performance. With the combination of modern pop music and dramatic dance moves set to contemporary driving beats, the result is a breath-taking spectacle that truly has the 'Wow' factor.

Created by a cellist who performed in the world famous Bond electric string quartet, Silken Strings is the premier luxury string ensemble. Composed of internationally renowned and award winning musicians, the stunning all girl trio provides the perfect fusion of glamour, elegance and world class skill. Educated to the highest level at the most prestigious musical conservatories, the beautiful girls each have impressive resumes of prestigious international performances, including appearances for ...Silken-Strings-2Royalty in Buckingham Palace; Monte Carlo and Tokyo F1 Grand Prix; Sir Elton John; Chelsea FC; Rolex; Take That; Wimbledon Champions; Cisco Systems; Rihanna; Paris Fashion Week; Mazda; Cheryl Cole; The Shard; Samsung; Russel Watson; Kensington Palace; BP; London 2012 Olympic Park; LinkedIN; Royal Albert Hall; Barclays; The Royal Variety Show; Blenheim Palace; Google; Alan Titchmarch Show; Royal Courts of Justice; Bloomberg; Strictly Come Dancing; The Ritz; Wella; Top of the Pops; and Brands Hatch.

Silken Strings has the chic look, technical versatility, and extensive array of designer attire to make the occasion a truly glamorous event.

Russ Williams

Russ-Williams-2012Russ Williams entered the world of show business at the tender age of 11, being chosen as a child actor to appear in the play Jack The Ripper which later aired on BBC1. With a keen interest in entertainment, he became a DJ at the age of 13, starting his career in local youth clubs, progressing onto numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 1. At the age of 22, he took his first steps onto the comedy circuit. The first 10 years were spent honing his craft in the clubs and working for every major holiday company, including Butlins, Warners, Haven and Pontins. For Russ, all the hard work paid off, when, in 2000, he was awarded the coveted title of Comedian of the Year, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Jones, Tom O'Connor, Billy Pearce and star of Peter Kay's 'Phoenix Nights', Dave Spikey.

With his love of live performance, Russ continued to perform in clubs, theatres and at every type of corporate and private event all over the UK. Russ also completed 4 national tours with Joe Longthorne, Freddie Starr, Alexander O'Neal and Engelbert Humperdinck. The tour with Engelbert culminating in a sellout show at The London Palladium. In 2010 Russ made history as the first transatlantic comedian. He earned the title, when, performing live in London, he was involved in the first ever Live 3D Hologram Public Performance across the Atlantic.

Russ has also appeared on numerous TV programmes including 'Stand Up Live', 'Stand And Deliver', 'In The Club', 'The Big Breakfast', 'Soccer AM', 'Celebrity Scissorhands' and 'The Real Hustle'. But Russ Williams is much more than a top notch comedian. Over the past 12 years he has been in great demand in the corporate market and on the sporting dinner circuit, where he has gained an enviable reputation as a superb entertainer and charity auctioneer.

His performances have proved so successful, that a number of the leading conference and after dinner speakers use Russ as their scriptwriter. Russ has travelled the world, hosting and presenting for amongst others, The National Drinks Awards, The Wella Hairdressing Awards, The ABTA Travel Awards, The National Cash & Carry Awards, The Dot Com Awards and numerous in-house corporate awards dinners.

On the sports circuit, he has hosted The European Ryder Cup Winners Dinner 2011, The Manchester United Players Player of the Year Awards 2011, Spurs end of season Golf Day 2011, Arsenal Double 1971 Players Dinner, the launch of The Steven Gerrard Foundation 2011 and most recently The Duke of Essex Polo Cup. Russ has worked, personally, for some of the greatest names in the world of sport, including Sir Steven Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Henry Cooper, Steve Backley, Ricky Hatton, Glenn Hoddle and Steven Gerrard.

Russ-Princess-RoyalApart from his hosting and presenting, Russ has also developed a completely unique role for charity and corporate events, that of Comedy Charity Auctioneer. This has taken him around the world hosting events for the Variety Club, The Willow Foundation, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Sparks, ChildLine, Orchid, The Bobby Moore Foundation and Make a Wish Foundation. This year Russ reached a milestone, helping to raise over 10 Million pounds for charity. He is also the current preferred charity auctioneer to HRH The Princess Royal.

Press Coverage

The following articles about the 2014 Awards were published in the local press:


Courtesy of Estuary TV


Photographs courtesy of:

  • Kevin Greene Photography
  • East Riding College
  • Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce