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North Notts Business Awards 2013'Business Person of the Year Award won by Sue Clifford of No Offence! CIC and presented by Councillor Keith Girling of sponsors Nottinghamshire County Council
North Notts Business Awards 2013'Business Person of the Year Award won by Sue Clifford of No Offence! CIC and presented by Councillor Keith Girling of sponsors Nottinghamshire County Council

The cream of North Notts’ business people gathered in style at Hodsock Priory for the North Notts Business Awards.

Guests at the event, organised by North Notts Business Connections, were treated to a 20s themed evening, with entertainment by dance troop and cabaret act The Fire Swans.

The biggest cheer of the evening went up as Retford-based cleaning firm K Kleen was crowned winners of the top accolade, company of the year award.

Director Kara Wilkinson said “It’s a great achievement and something we are really proud of. But we wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for our staff, clients, and the support of our family. They deserve this recognition as much as Graham and I. It’s nice to be rewarded for our efforts and recognised within the community. We hope this is the start of many opportunities that lie ahead.”

No Offence! CIC also scooped an award for the second year running with managing director Sue Clifford winning the business person of the year.

Sue said: “Receiving the business person of the year award, for me and my team, is a real honour, the icing on the cake of what has been an amazing journey since we launched in June 2011.”

“It’s especially poignant for me to receive this in our home county of Notts. We are very proud that we have developed what has now become a national and international justice information exchange, which has become a centre of excellence and much needed and highly respected service across the justice sector, and we are still not even two-years-old.”

Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Restaurant won the best guest experience award. General manager Kate Firth said: “I am extremely proud of my team, many of whom are from local families, and this is an award earned by every one of them, both front of house and behind the scenes. They all have a great passion for first class service and hospitality to exceed guest expectations - going the extra mile is their well-known secret.”