After being selected as finalists for the prestigious Nottingham Post Business Awards, Air-IT narrowly lost out on the top prizes during a glittering awards ceremony on 4th July.

Post businesss award - Air IT support

Air-IT Team at Awards Ceremony
L to R Josh Turner, Paul Judge, Todd McQuilkin and James Healey

Having demonstrating our outstanding success during 2011/12 we were shortlisted as one of three finalists for two separate categories. This included the Small Business of the Year category for the company overall and support technician Josh Turner was nominated as a finalist for the Apprentice of the Year Award.

Read our press coverage in the Nottingham Evening Post during the buildup to the awards night.

As a firmly established highlight in the region’s business calendar the awards were attended by an audience of high profile delegates, leading business people and media figures from the Nottinghamshire area.

The competition finale culminated in an impressive awards ceremony, held at the Council Houses in Nottingham, which included a gala dinner with Oscar-style video presentations for nominated finalists.

Small Business of the Year Award

This award recognised the achievements of Nottinghamshire businesses (with a turnover of less than £2 million) that had demonstrated outstanding success during their latest financial year.

Nottingham Small Business of the Year awards Air-IT Runners-up

Runners-up Small Business of the Year
L to R – Todd McQuilkin, MD, Air-IT (Finalist), Craig Boundy, MD,
Experian (Sponsor), James Deverill, MD, First Order Red (finalist)

Air-IT were selected as finalists due to our continuous high growth, repeated reinvestment and on-going development of the business. The award was presented by sponsor Craig Boundy, MD of Experian and was won by Shredall SDS.

Please view our finalist video below:

Apprentice of the Year Award

The Apprentice of the Year Award recognised the practical and theoretical progress being made by young people in the work place and education.

Nottingham Apprentice of the Year Award Runners-up

Runners-up Apprentice of the Year
L to R – Abbi Roddis, Fresh Cargo (finalist), Amarjit Basri, Principal,
New College Nottingham (Sponsor), Josh Turner, Air-IT, (finalist)

Air-IT Help Desk Technician Josh Turner was shortlisted for this award and since joining the company in 2011 has excelled in his position to become an integral and valuable member of our support team. We therefore thought that he was a worthy contender for such an award.

The Apprentice of the Year Award was presented by sponsor Amarjit Basri, Principle and Chief Executive of New College Nottingham and was won by Matthew Betts of Ketech Systems.

Josh had already been nominated as a finalist in the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year and had attended a prestigious awards ceremony at the House of Commons the day before. We are extremely proud to see him reach the finals of both these regional and national awards.

Please view Josh’s finalist video below:

The premier award category of the evening was the Nottinghamshire Company of the year which was awarded to Avanex Europe. Other awards presented on the night included categories for International Trade, Science and Technology Entrepreneur, Business Innovation and Contribution to the Community.

Although disappointed to be narrowly pipped to the post for both awards we are extremely proud to have reached the finals of such a high profile regional business competition. To be shortlisted as a finalist is a major achievement in itself due to the large number of high quality entrants and is a testament to the dedication,  hard work and commitment shown by our staff.

The Air-IT team is already looking forward to next year’s event to see if we can improve on our current standing to become an eventual winner of the competition.