• The Company of the Year category is judged on all sorts of aspects of their operations and we felt that this category best reflected the broad spectrum of Derby College's work with the business community and positive impact that this has to the local economy.

    The common denominator for all successful business is the skills of their workforce and, by sponsoring this award, we aim to secure this in the minds of employers across the board. As a College, our role is to provide employers with the skills they need to increase their competitive edge and to support our learners with the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in the workplace.

    This is the third year that we have sponsored company of the year and we continue to be impressed with the calibre and entrepreneurial spirit that is so prevalent amongst the Derby and Derbyshire business community.

    Closer to home, these successful businesses are potentially the future employers of our students so we have a vested interest in encouraging and applauding their growth which results in much needed job creation.

    April Hayhurst, Deputy Principal, Derby College
  • It was an excellent event in every measure, extremely well organised and choreographed by yourselves. The effort and professionalism behind its success was evident so well done to you and your team. The coverage and exposure has been great and I'm sure we'd all agree that it has been a pleasure to be involved with Champions UK and the Nottingham Sports Awards

    Will Ingleby - Solutions for Accounting
  • I was privileged to be invited along to the Derby Telegraph's Sports Awards by the event organisers Champions UK. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the success of it was a credit to the Champions team that put the night together. The event went like clockwork which, considering the amount of awards presenters and recipients to manage, Audio visual elements and all of the charity endeavours involved, was very impressive. Not only was the event well organised but I was also well looked after by Benny, Matt and the rest of the team on the night. Hopefully I'll have the pleasure of joining them at one of their future events!

    Alan Coleman - Mediaworks
  • This was the first awards we had sponsored. Everybody at Champions helped to ensure we understood the process. Kept us informed at every step of the way. The evening itself ran seamlessly. Everybody had a fantastic time at the fantastic venue. Thank you for all the help.

    Rachel Heyhoe, Operations Manager at Choice Finance
  • Just a quick thank you for your kind invitation as your guest on Thursday evening at the Leicester Mercury Business Awards. It really was a truly memorable evening and very much appreciated.

    It was an amazing event and it just gets better and better each year. Words cannot describe what an event of all events such as that is - "Out of this world" Wow!! The entertainment, venue, food, company, awards and your very kind hospitality was simply the best night for me in years. I was completely bowled over by the timing, clockwork and precision of everything. You must be very proud John of your staff and organisation. I can only admire and give you my praise for such a brilliant evening.

    Barrie Pierpoint - BP Management and Marketing Services
  • Just a short note to thank you on behalf of Francis and myself for the fantastic evening last night.

    As with all Champions events it was a credit to you and your fabulous team.

    Venue, food, drink and entertainment were all first class - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and just wished that we could have stayed longer.

    Steve O'Donnell, Senior Relationship Manage, Allied Irish Bank
  • What can I say about the amazing experience at The Belfry recently for the Tony Jacklin day! From a personal and business perspective it was a huge success. Your ability to organize an event like this is second to none. Every year it gets better, please include me again this year, I wouldn't want to miss it.

    How can I thank you for the evening at The Dorchester. It was magnificent. As you know I was able to meet an amazing group of professionals that made up the group, in sure that they would have enjoyed it as much as I did.

    Look forward to many more events and occasions with you both and Champions U.K.

    Alistair Brown
  • I just wanted to say a huge thank you for last night's event. Without doubt, it is one of the highlights of my year and last night was even better than last year. Steve and Donna were just delightful, so please pass along my thanks to them for joining our table. My guests had a wonderful time and I hope you raised a fantastic amount.

    Lyndsay Wright, Director of Strategy, Brand and IR, William Hill
  • I've worked with many teams on the after- dinner circuit down the years, but the champions are Champions UK.

    You have no excuse for under-performing on the day because all the necessary preparation is done by the dedicated Champions support staff. Nothing is left to chance or to the last minute and that's very reassuring to any performer.

    All done with winning smiles and ready sense of humour

    Pat Murphy
  • On behalf of Flo gas and my colleagues who attended the awards; I'd like to say what a fab evening it was and so well organised. The entertainment was fabulous. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to sponsor the event and support the local businesses involved. As you know, Flogas are actively trying to raise awareness of our mains gas offering to businesses in the east midlands region and for us, this was a great opportunity in the Nottingham area.

    Reena Mistry, Customer marketing manager, Flo Gas
  • What can I say! an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish, nothing was too much trouble. Very professional, approachable and friendly manner, always responded to anything I needed promptly and efficiently. Anyone I came in contact with from champions had the same outlook and objection to create and deliver a memorable event. I would highly recommend and look forward to our next project together.

    Maria Mawston, Senior Banqueting sales manger, The ICC
  • The Ricoh Arena has worked with Champions UK over a number of years and across a series of high profile events including the Coventry & Warwickshire Sports Awards and the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards. As an agency they are both highly organized and very easy to work with. They communicate effectively and are efficient in delivering activity. But most importantly I have found all staff to be very friendly and polite.

    Maggie King, Marketing Manager at Ricoh Arena
  • Having worked with Champions Events as both a venue partner and an event sponsor, I couldn't speak highly enough of their professionalism. They dotted all the Is and crossed all the Ts without any fuss and always accommodated the needs of myself and my team. In terms of execution, their preparation meant the inevitable issues were reduced to the absolute minimum and everything ran so smoothly. I know the projects we have in the pipeline are in safe hands.

    Maria Clune, Head of conference and Event sales at Edgbaston
  • I have worked with Champions (UK) plc for the past four years. In that time, Champions (UK) plc have helped me to transform the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards and Business Awards into a huge celebration of business and sporting excellence and achievement in the region.

    As a result of their initial work on the Sports Awards, I was delighted to partner with them on the Leicester Mercury Business Awards - now attended by over 900 of the most influential business people in Leicestershire.

    The success was such that we were able to extend the Business Awards formula in to Nottingham and Derby working with our sister titles - The Nottingham Post and Derby Telegraph.

    We also work with the team at Champions (UK) plc to ensure that their clients are able to benefit from the media exposure we offer through our on-line and print titles in Leicester, Derby and Nottingham and East Staffordshire.

    Champions have worked with us to place hugely successful campaigns for their regional and national clients, providing their brands with a great deal of leverage. It's clear that Champions (UK) plc not only understand how to secure the very best media space, they are also able to create results-led campaigns that work cohesively across a variety of media platforms.

    The Champions (UK) plc team is comprised of media experts, always ensuring that they liaise with all parties to provide the very best level of service and the most sophisticated and effective advertising campaigns. I feel that the work that we do together across both the Sports and Business Awards in the region are an excellent example of using traditional print and online media to achieve very successful, industry leading results.

    What's more, the Champions team is an absolute pleasure to deal with. They are true professionals with, thorough, considerate and hard-working people. The team go that extra mile every time and I can't recommend Champions (UK) plc highly enough.

    David Simms, regional managing Director, East Midlands, Trinity Mirror
  • I have worked with Champions (UK) plc for thirteen years, across a variety of different projects. Together we have worked to continually support the Lumbers brand, increase awareness of the high quality product lines we provide to our growing client base. Champions (UK) plc have used their expertise to raise awareness of Lumbers on a regional and national level, working with us to create sponsorship opportunities, design and place advertising across a range of media platforms, arrange high profile networking events and place a large amount of hugely beneficial editorial content across a range of trade publications. I know that the future success of the Lumbers brand will be continually supported by Champions (UK) plc. Over the years, they have conceptually created and engineered our annual fine dining events. These evenings are always unique and are expertly marketed and executed by Champions, combining all of their in house services to great effect. I have no hesitation in providing you with my recommendation and thanks for the work that we have done together. The Champions (UK) plc team are a pleasure to work with, always ready to supply the very best solutions to any challenges we may face and they work tirelessly to ensure that the success of your brand or organisation becomes their sole objective. The team really does have a 'can-do' attitude, are proactive, enthusiastic and highly capable and I would recommend them for any type of brand communications project.

    Dominic Gommersal, Managing Director, Lumbers
  • With Champions, the big difference is the element of trust and the personalised service they offer. They are completely reliable, enthusiastic, hard-working, friendly and understand your requirements. Our charity dinner for Breast Cancer Now, which was supported by the Champions team, was one of the best events we have ever organised. They ensured the whole process went smoothly from start to finish and the event management on the night was exceptional - nothing was too much trouble.

    Lauren and the team are very professional, extremely organized and above all incredibly supportive. They are an absolute pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend their services

    Mark Slaviero, Head of Group Marketing, Mattioli Woods plc
  • I always look forward to their events as I know I'm going to enjoy myself. They bring a real blend of creative imagination and organisational efficiency, thinking around corners to solve issues before they crop up. A lot of it lies in their attention to detail. The entertainment is not only high quality but perfectly in tune with the nature of each occasion, so I feel very confident that our clients will have as good a time as we do.

    Steve Glynn, Venue Director, Caesars Casino
  • At The Dorchester London, Champions have organised and hosted a range of events, from small gatherings to major award and charity events, from concept to delivery on the night. Every event they have organised with us has been an absolute pleasure to partner with, due to the professional and attentive organisation of John, Roxanna and team who know how to organise and plan to the minute of detail, to ensure a successful event.

    Jo Stevenson, The Dorchester London
  • Just a short note to thank you for inviting us to attend the Leicester Sports Awards yesterday. Your team clearly run an event very well and in the difficult circumstances that prevailed late on, handled the situation well. It is such a pity that such a brilliant evening ended in the way it did, but the genuine warmth in the room for Alan and what happened was a testament to the wonderful sporting community of Leicester. I am pleased to hear that Alan is ok at present and will hope for a full recovery. I hope you are OK and not too shaken up. But you can be proud of how you and your team handled matters. I look forward to progressing our partnership in due course

    Paul Robin - Lord Taveners
  • Just wanted to say a big thank you for staging such a fantastic sports awards events for us yesterday. It was a terrific evening - capped by Lifetime Achievement award to Ron Haslam, which clearly meant such a lot to him and his family. I spent a fair amount of time at the end of the event chatting to sponsors and guests. They all loved the night. I know how much hard work goes into making the awards happen and how difficult it is to stage an event that is as polished and professional as that achieved last night. Thank you. Your efforts are much appreciated.

    Steve Hall - Derby Telegraph