Slideshow: Pictures from the Grantham Journal Business Awards 2015

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This year’s Grantham Journal Business Awards was the biggest yet, with 260 people at Belton House on Wednesday to celebrate the best business minds.

It was a magical evening, and not just because guests were entertained by a magician, as everyone was enchanted by amazing tales of entrepreneurial endeavour and success.

The winners and runners-up at the Grantham Journal Business Awards 2015.

The winners and runners-up at the Grantham Journal Business Awards 2015.

The annual awards were once again hosted expertly by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior, who identified the overall feeling of pride in the room for the town’s business achievements.

This was expressed by the winners of the prestigous Business of the Year award, JMP Solicitors. Managing director Ian Howard said: “We are really proud to win this particular award and just very proud to be part of a resurgence of business in Grantham.”

Debbie Rogers of independent retailer The Boutique was named Businessperson of the Year, and said she was keen to help other business start-ups like herself.

“There is no ‘I’ in team. If we all work together we will make Grantham a bigger and better place,” she said.

Winning the Judges’ Excellence Award and also proud to have the employee of the year among their staff in Alex Wade, were specialist insurers for the over 50s and disabled, Mark Bates Ltd. “I am very lucky to be at the forefront of a very exciting, growing business,” said Mark.

The event was organised in partnership with the Grantham Business Club, whose chairman Stuart Pigram added: “Grantham is great and Grantham is a great place to be in business.”