2015 – 16 October 2015

Event Sponsor - Lloyd Dowson

Award Winners

At the Awards Evening on Friday 16 October 2015, the Overall Business of the Year was awarded to Firmac.

Judges comment: Overall, the standard of finalists this year was outstanding once again. 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 John Rix
Start Up Business of the Year The Yorkshire Wagyu Company
Small Business of the Year AAC Power Solutions
Medium/Large Business of the Year Firmac
Social Enterprise of the Year Yorkshire Coast Enterprise
Fisheries Business of the Year SE Marine
Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year North Bay Railway & Attractions
Training Business of the Year HBP Systems
Retail Business of the Year Flames of Hull
Green Business of the Year S&J Synergy
Business Person of the Year Violet Sutcliffe
Judges' Innovation Award Detectamet


Robin Campbell

Robin Campbell

Robin Campbell will be playing bass guitar as one half of the easy listening instrumental music duo who will be providing entertainment during the champagne reception. Robin will later lend his expertise to the sound production for the performance of our triad of tenors.

Born in Glasgow, 1948, Robin's musical beginnings were forged in a family dedicated to classical music. However, Robin played in several Glasgow Rock Bands, and then formed in the late 60s, with Donald Brown, the folk group Lomond Folk. Lomond Folk rapidly established their name on the Scottish Folk scene. Following the tragic death of his singing partner in 1977, Robin launched a solo career in the Scottish tourist circuit and compered the Clyde and Loch Lomond Showboat, folk and jazz cruises for seven years.

Moving to London, Robin involved himself in many musical genres including production work from opera to rock and for the past twelve years he has also returned to traditional folk, performing in the South East of England. Apart from solo work, he is also the vocalist in 'Celtic Krystal', a folk 'n fiddle band - the circle is unbroken!

Robin has back catalogue recordings on Decca Beltona Sword, Lismor, Bluebell Music, Occasion Recordings, KRL and is presently recording two new CDs for release in late 2015.

At the event, Robin is playing bass guitar with Martin Quinn on piano during the champagne reception at the Awards Ceremony.

Andrew Bain

AndrewBainAndrew studied Dentistry at Bristol University before embarking on a professional singing career musical theatre and opera.

Andrew first musical job was in the UK touring production of Les Miserables for a year as Courfeyrac. Subsequent musical credits include Whistle down the Wind (No1 UK Tour), Tony in West Side Story (Pimlico Opera), Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Watermill Theatre), Stine in City of Angels (Landor), MacHeath in Beggars Opera (Cochrane Theatre)). He has also premiered the English version of a Norwegian one-man musical, Terje Vigen both in San Francisco and on tour in Norway.

Recent opera credits include Cavardossi in Tosca at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Don Jose in Carmen (King's Head), The Duke in Rigoletto (UK tour), Tamino in The Magic Flute (UK tour) and Edmondo in Manon Lescaut (Queen Elizabeth Hall).

Previous Opera credits include Don Jose in Carmen (Pimlico Opera), Joe in La Fancuilla del West (Grange Park Opera), Lensky in Eugene Onegin (St John Smith Sq),Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte (Opera by Definition), Pierre in The Wandering Scholar (St John Smith Square), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Alternative Opera), Triquet in Eugene Onegin (Longborough Festival) and chorus at Grange Park Opera.

Andrew regularly sings at corporate events and in concerts worldwide, notable recent engagements include tenor solo in a Requiem Mass by Rowland Lee, at the St Petersburg Philharmonic concert hall and at the Royal Palace in Oslo for the King and Queen of Norway at their daughter's 40th Birthday celebration attended by numerous European Royals. He recorded an album of pop songs in a classical style for SonyBMG. He has sung live on GMTV and performed at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

For more information visit www.andrew-bain.com

Ben Kerslake

BenKerslakeBen Kerslake studied at the Queensland Conservatorium with an exchange to the Guildhall School of Music. He received first class honours and a Master of Music. In this period he was awarded a Masters scholarship, Tenor Scholarship, the Opera Scenes Prize and was selected for the Opera Queensland Developing Artist Program. In 2004 Ben moved to the UK and made is Opera North debut.

Ben's lead tenor performances include Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Don Pasquale, The Pearl Fishers, The Magic Flute, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, Hugh The Drover, The Merry Widow, The Burning Fiery Furnace for Opera North, Scottish Opera, Opera de Baugé, Opera Queensland, the Monte Carlo Festival and the Ravenna Festival amongst others. Ben has been a tenor soloist in Venice, Abu Dhabi, the Singapore Festival, Luxembourg and the Sydney Opera House. He created the role of Arlecchino in the World Premiere of Dove's Pinocchio (Opera North, BBC Radio 3 & Sky Arts). In 2009 Ben sang the National Anthems for the Four Nations at Twickenham, broadcast internationally on Sky & Fox Sports.

Martin Quinn

MartinQuinnMartin Quinn will form one half of a duo playing easy listening instrumental music on the Piano and Bass Guitar during the champagne reception. Later during the evening, Martin will also become a member of our triad of tenors that will entertain you with their fantastic vocal repertoire of songs. This performance will provide the event with the 'wow' factor that regular attendees have come to expect from such a prestigious occasion.

Martin studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Roden and is currently learning with Justin Lavender.

Martin has worked with many of Britain's leading opera companies, roles include: Ruiz Il Trovatore and Morales Carmen (Stowe Opera), Leonard Merryll Yeomen of the Guard (BYO, Lindbury Studio, Covent Garden), Strephon Iolanthe (Guildford Opera), Ernesto Don Pasquale (Pavilion Opera-Manila, Philippines), Dr Blind Die Fledermaus/ Goro Madam Butterfly (Opera Box). He has also worked extensively in opera chorus: The Abduction from the Seraglio (BYO, Lindbury Studio, Covent Garden), Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, Rusalka , Don Carlos (Stowe Opera), Der Rosenkavlier (Spoleto Festival, Italy) conducted by Richard Hickox, Pearl Fishers/ Daughter of the Regiment/Barber of Seville (Swansea City Opera) and La Traviata/ Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera).

Recent concert engagements have included: Mozart Requiem (Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford) and Coronation Mass with Emma Kirkby, Messiah, West Side Story Suites 'Action' (Oxford Philomusica), Bach Bminor Mass (Leicester Bach Choir), Song of Creation by Will Todd (premiere performance), Mahler's Symphony No.8 (Wholsey Orchestra, Ipswich under Peter Stark) and Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Stamford Chamber Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No.9 (Bardi Orchestra), Beethoven Mass in C (Leicester University Chamber Orchestra), St. John Passion (Voices of Little Venice), Messiah (City of Leicester Singers), Mozart Vespers/ Haydn Harmony Mass and Evangelist in St.John Passion (Brackley Jubilee Choir), Mozart Coronation Mass (Woodstock Music Society), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle/ Bach St. John Passion/ Israel in Egypt (St. James Singers, Warwick), Don Jose Carmen (Bicester Choral Society), Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Banbury Choral Society).

He is currently singing the roles of Don Basilio/Don Curzio in a national tour of The Marriage of Figaro with Swansea City Opera.

Martin has recorded for Chandos, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Television and has appeared at the Classical Brit Awards 2000, 2002,2003 and 2008.

Press Coverage

The following articles about the 2015 Awards were published in the local press:

Highlights of the Awards Evening

Courtesy of Estuary TV. See on Youtube


Photographs by Kevin Greene can be found by clicking on this link.

Photographs courtesy of:

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