We’re delighted to announce that Air IT has been named SME Business of the Year at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2018 which were held on the evening of Wednesday 13th June at the Roundhouse in Derby.

Air IT SME Business of the Year Award Winners Derby Telegraph Business Awards 201

Wednesday evening saw the meeting of some of the biggest companies in the Midlands area for the Derby Telegraph Business Awards. The ceremony, which took place at Derby’s famous Roundhouse, was the 5th edition of the awards and is now highly regarded within the regional business calendar. Featuring 15 award categories, the event aims to celebrate the successes and achievements of local businesses across a diverse range of sectors. James Healey, Managing Director at Air IT comments:

Being recognised for the SME Business of the Year Award is a fantastic achievement. The standard was extremely competitive, especially as our fellow nominees were all a part of the Marketing Derby Bondholder group. It’s especially pleasing to be recognised so soon after receiving the Nottingham Post’s Excellence in Industry Award, just a fortnight ago. Both are a great testament to our team and reinforce our status as the East Midlands No.1 managed service provider.

James Healey


SME Business of the Year Award

The SME Business of the Year Award recognises companies with less than 75 employees with a proven track record of success. As well as recognising businesses that are integral to the economy, the judging criteria includes prospective growth and future development opportunities. Sponsored by the University of Derby, the category was hotly contested with competition from Frogspark and Nowcomm and was especially notable as an all Marketing Derby Bondholder final.

After being announced as winners, the award was presented to Air IT by Hari Punchihewa, Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive at the category sponsors the University of Derby. SME Business of the Year category being annonced at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards ceremony

SME Business of the Year Award being announced

The award was collected on stage by the Air IT Directors and marked our second award win in as many weeks after being recognised as the Excellence in Industry winners at the Nottingham Post Business Awards last month.


Exemplary Entertainment

The awards evening proved to be a superb event hosted by Olympic badminton player, Gail Emms MBE and broadcaster and comedian, Mark Dolan.

Gail Emms and Mark Dolan on stage

Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Jamie Raven, provided the entertainment with his unique brand of magic and illusions, dazzling the audience. Everyone who attended from Air IT had a fantastic evening and a great view of all the action on stage.

Our team sat at the Air IT table

We’d also like to thank the University of Derby for being excellent hosts on the sponsors and finalists table, and for bringing our category together to celebrate the special evening. James adds:

Everyone at Air IT had a fantastic time at the awards ceremony and are incredibly proud of our achievement. With two new awards under our belt, we’re now very much looking forward to ensuring that the next 12 months are equally as positive as the last.

James Healey

Lastly, we would like to say a very big well done to all the other winners and finalists on their achievements and congratulate Better Energy who were recognised as overall Company of the Year.