EAST CAMBS BUSINESS AWARDS 2014: Michell Instruments - a 'gem amongst community' - wins Business of the Year crown

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 October 2014

The 2014 Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards were held on Friday, October 3, at Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel.

The 2014 Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards were held on Friday, October 3, at Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel.

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Ruby anniversary celebrations stepped up a notch for Michell Instruments Ltd last night when it recognised as "a gem amongst the East Cambridgeshire community" at the Ely Standard Business Awards.

2014 Roll of Honour

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by East Cambridgeshire District Council)

Winner: Michell Instruments Ltd, Lancaster Way.

Highly commended: Produce World, Isleham; PA Answer, Ely; Eco Installer Ltd, Sutton.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Cheffins)

Winner: Nick Flack - N&C Glass, Lancaster Way.

Highly commended: Jonathan Carter - Wyvern DM Ltd, Ely.

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (sponsored by LGC)

Winner: AC Tree Surgery and Garden Care, Littleport.

Highly commended: Breeze Technology, Littleport; TaxAssist Accountants, Ely; Platinum Properties, Ely.

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Martin Jung & Co)

Winner: Labour-tech Recruitment, Ely.

Highly commended: PA Answer, Ely; Greenlight FM Ltd, Ely; BrightSpark Recruitment, Soham.

MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Advanced Aircraft Training)

Winner: Michell Instruments Ltd, Lancaster Way.

Highly commended: IT Governance, Ely; Blue Donkey, Ely; Eco Installer Ltd, Sutton.

CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD (sponsored by N&C Glass)

Winner: Chic Face and Body Clinic, Ely.

Highly commended: AC Tree Surgery & Garden Care, Littleport; BrightSpark Recruitment, Soham; A2B Taxi Cabs, Ely; Wyvern DM Ltd, Witchford.

RETAILER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by the Ely Standard)

Winner: Cherry Hill Chocolates, Ely.

Highly commended: The Eel Catchers Daughter, Ely; Premier Travel, Ely; Waitrose, Ely.

BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD (sponsored by JDR Cables)

Winner: Corkers Crisps, Pymoor.

Highly commended: Branching Out, Littleport; Sigma Embroidery, Littleport; Eco Installer Ltd, Sutton.

BUSINESS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Greys of Ely)

Winner: CamOuse Financial Management, Lancaster Way.

Highly commended: Sigma Embroidery, Littleport; Chippy Chat, Ely; PA Answer, Ely; Advanced Aircraft Training, Lancaster Way.

JUDGES AWARD

Winner: A2B Taxi Cabs, Ely.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Winner: Michell Instruments Ltd, Lancaster Way.

The company, a worldwide leader in moisture and humidity solutions, won three awards at Friday’s event - including the Business of the Year accolade.

Michell also won the Employer of the Year award and the Medium Business of the Year awards after judges praised the long service record of employees - which averages 15 years - as well as its apprenticeship programme, profit growth and new products.

Formed in 1974 by Andrew Michell, in Cambridge, the company is now based on the Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely.

It is a worldwide leader in the field of moisture and humidity measurement solutions. It designs and manufactures transmitters, instruments and systems capable of measuring dew-point, humidity and oxygen in a vast range of industries.

Products are used in power generation, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food processing and many more.

The award judges said of our winner: “This world-leading business is truly a gem amongst the East Cambridgeshire community.

“In 2007 the business relocated from Cambridge to purpose-built premises on the Lancaster Way Business Park, to specifically take advantage of all the benefits that this part of the world offers.

“Since then, the business has grown, prospered and must now be one of the biggest independent employers in the area.

“Its products, research and development operations, premises, systems, growth, ambitions and financials are all truly impressive.”

A capacity audience gathered at the Lady Chapel for this year’s awards, run in association with N&C Glass and supported by Advanced Aircraft Training, Cheffins, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Ely Chamber of Commerce, Greys of Ely, JDR Cables, Labour-tech Recruitment, LGC, Martin Jung & Co and Whiting & Partners.

Guests at the black tie event included finalists, business leaders, council dignitaries, award sponsors and our judging panel, which consisted of independent business leaders and award sponsors.

A champagne reception was followed by a three-course meal and the awards hosted Terry Gauci, the new presenter of Star FM’s Breakfast Show.

Mr Gauci told guests: “We would not have been able to put on these awards without the support of our sponsors. They deserve a lot of thanks.

“With their help we are able to reward best practice within East Cambridgeshire, as well as increasing public awareness of the professionalism and importance of our business community to the region.

“Our judges were extremely impressed with the quality of all the applications and want to thank everyone who took the time to enter.”

Another company to receive special recognition was start-up taxi company A2B Taxi Cabs, which won the Judges Award.

The Ely-based firm, launched by Jamie Edmumds, provides a quality transport service for every occasion.

The Judges Award is presented to a company or individual that didn’t win a category but the judges feel deserves special recognition.

Lead judge Peter Watts said: “Mr Edmunds’ vision for providing a quality transport service in and around Ely is taking shape, setting himself apart from his competitors.

“Positive customer feedback via social media combined with online booking service and loyalty benefits will see this business develop into a local success.”

• Thursday’s Ely Standard will include a special feature celebrating this year’s awards.

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