Malcolm Scott’s incredible dedication to the city was celebrated at an emotional climax to the Hull Live Business Awards, with a Lifetime Contribution accolade bestowed posthumously.
The chartered surveyor who pushed beyond the realms of property and business to do his best by the region economically and culturally, passed away in September. And honouring his achievements at the end of the night brought the house down on an event that saw 13 individual and company winners crowned.
Influential Hull construction and development leaders Paul Sewell OBE and Dominic Gibbons were joined by Chamber area council leader Phil Ascough and charity founder June Cook in leading the tributes to an extraordinary life cut short at the gala dinner, ahead of a presentation to family and former colleagues before almost 500 of his former peers.
Read more: Reaction from winners and photographs from the night to follow
Dr Sewell said: “He was fun, he was irreverent, it was that twinkle in the eye. We didn’t do work, we didn’t do business, we got together, had some fun and got things done, that was his gift.”
Stating that the 2017 City of Culture success was part of his legacy, he added: “He used his business skills and his love of the arts, and his sense of justice and sense of right to make things better around here, the likes of which we will never see again.”
Dominic Gibbons, managing director of Wykeland Group, said: “His legacy is very diverse, he is somebody I will never forget, I really enjoyed the times I spent with him when he acted for us.
“He was a real driving force in the region trying to make things happen. He did an awful lot in the business community, then retired from practice which gave him the opportunity to spend more time on the cultural agenda.”
Mr Ascough described him as a “breath of fresh air” with always something new to talk about and new ideas. “He was always about giving people opportunities to learn and develop, would never take himself too seriously, always there to help others and just a genuine genuinely great guy.”
Ms Cook, of Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group, said: “There were very few people in Hull he hasn’t helped, and the positivity and support he offered was invaluable to myself and many, many other people in the city.”
Before the emotional finale, high growth Hull-headquartered contact centre operator ResQ was named large company of the year, with resin bond specialist Vuba taking the honours for those under 50 employees.
Entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in all areas of business were also rewarded, with Nina Hossain hosting at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
Hull Live Business Awards 2022 Roll of Honour:
Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Sam Amess, Diony
Sam joined marketing agency Diony after sixth form, coming on board as a digital marketing apprentice in the SEO department. Since day one, Sam’s positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile have made him an invaluable member of the team. Within his first 12 months Sam showed himself capable of taking on some extremely technical and challenging work, and contributed to a range of important projects - with clients including Beverley Racecourse, Melton Stone, Allenby Commercial and Rollits. Sam’s excellence carries into his apprenticeship work, where he is one of the highest achievers in his cohort.
Runners-up: Rose Baker, Driffield School; Saffron Cartwright, Castle Employment Group
Customer Focus Award
Winner: Green & Green Mortgage and Protection
Green & Green is an independent brokerage dedicated to providing customers with high-quality, easy to understand support and advice on remortgaging, life insurance, equity release, first time buying and more. The Hessle team works to establish consistent, open communication with clients, ensuring they have all the information and support they need to make a decision that work for them. Tailoring its services to each client’s specific needs, Green & Green prides itself on impeccable customer service and ensuring clients properly understand mortgage processes.
Runners-up: Ginger Girls Food & Fitness, Northern Visuals
Training and Development Award
Winner: Heron Foods
Since the first Heron Foods store was opened in 1979, the business has prided itself on offering quality products at low prices. Now with 312 stores around the UK, Melton-based Heron is a business dedicated to developing and promoting talent from within. Every new employee receives a training programme to suit their role - with e-modules, workshops and on-the-job experience helping team members acclimatise and polish their skills. Heron also set up the Future Flyers programme in 2017, designed to help employees acquire new skills and work towards promotion.
Runners-up: HBP Systems, ResQ
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Hull City Council
Winner: Ben Ewart
Switch Electronics is an e-commerce distributor of electronic components, set up by Ben 10 years ago at the age of 19. In a decade he has grown the business to stock 12,000 products, and it supplies more than 1.7 million packages to more than 130 countries around the globe. Starting from his bedroom, Switch now has a team of 10 operating from a 7,000 sq ft warehouse in Hull. Ben’s dedication and skill has helped Switch thrive - with plans to grow even further in the coming years.
Runners-up: Olivia Crabtree, Danielle Madden
Environmental and Sustainability Award
Sponsored by Wykeland Beal
Winner: Greens the Signmakers
Greens the Signmakers has been operating since 1963 - and has shown the ability to adapt and thrive over the decades. With the increasing importance of sustainability, Greens recognised the need for significant change - overhauling its processes to reduce their environmental impact. The key focus was printed material - with the business investing in water-based ink printers, making its printed materials fully recyclable. Greens also installed solar panels on the roof of its Hull factory, allowing the entire business to be powered by renewables - also switching its car fleet to electric.
Runners-up: Helix CMS, Springfield Solutions
Innovation and Technology Award
HiiROC is a Hull-based manufacturer of machines that create hydrogen from natural gas - a zero emission process that avoids CO2 production and can be scaled from the micro to industrial levels. The process also produces carbon black - which is usually made using oil furnaces, and produces significant levels of CO2 and other damaging gases. In producing carbon black without these emissions, HiiROC supports the sustainable production of tyres, coatings and inks. The business’s innovative processes let it provide markets with two extremely useful and widespread products, without significant damage to the environment.
Runners-up: Fisher Security Ltd, Rolawn
Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Sewell Group
Winner: Gary Gallen
Gary Gallen is the founder of Rradar - a litigation and commercial law firm that works to bring out the full potential of technology and put it to use in providing outstanding legal services. The Hull firm provides clients with legal services for every business need - combining expertise with digital tools, to provide bespoke legal services in an efficient and innovative way. Since starting Rradar, Gary has overseen the growth to 150 employees, forging commercial relationships, pioneering digital solutions, and helping to create the innovative business culture key to Rradar’s success.
Runners-up: Charles Draper, Sean Scott
Business in the Community Award
Sponsored by KCom
Giacom provides cloud services to more than 3,600 IT businesses that support small and medium companies in the UK.
The Hessle firm created a dedicated CSR team to ensure it plays a key role in the area. It has sponsored a range of charities including Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University and Cancer Research UK - as well as Hull City FC. Giacom also works to contribute long-term - actively recruiting locally, and nurturing talent through apprenticeships. It hosted 100 primary school pupils to help build aspiration, with 30 staff supporting activities.
Runners-up: Rollits LLP, Transwaste Recycling and Aggregates Ltd
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Sponsored byUniversity of Hull
Winner: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Strust
The 10,000-strong team across Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital features 1,500 employees from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, 300 with disabilities and 2.3 per cent from the LGBT community. All these protected characteristics have their own networks within the organisation, with a Workfore Race Equality Standard Report featuring metrics to examine experiences of people when it comes to career progression and training, as well as any instances of harassment and bullying.
Employee of the Year
Sponsored by ResQ
Winner: Claire Jacques, Giacom
Claire is the head of operations at cloud services business Giacom - and since she started in 2019, has made an outstanding contribution to the company. Managing a third of the business, she has led a number of changes to make the Hessle firm more effective - restructuring the service desk to provide more efficient and dedicated support, and training and launching both a customer success and cybersecurity team. Claire also goes above and beyond to nurture employees - opening up regular communication and feedback to improve motivation, and introducing tech support apprenticeships to nurture local talent.
Runners-up: Rose James, Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University; Graham Wildridge, Transwaste Recycling and Aggregates Ltd
Start-up Business of the Year
Winner: Medimusic Ltd
Launched in 2020 at C4DI in Hull, Medimusic Ltd uses music to alleviate pain and anxiety. AI and machine learning measures the brain’s response to music, monitors pain and anxiety, and then dispenses music that is most helpful in alleviating these negative symptoms. Medimusic also aims to help improve sleeping patterns, smooth digestion, boost brain function, improve breathing, and lower blood pressure, among other benefits. In doing so it aims to make medicines more effective, and enhance recovery. Successful NHS trials have been held.
Runners-up: Art & Soul, Lift and Locate
Business of the Year (up to 50 employees)
Sponsored by Connexin
Winner: Vuba Building Products Ltd
Vuba Building Products is a business that produces resin products for a variety of uses. Originally starting as a reseller of products, Beverley-based Vuba has changed tack and grown to the point that it now produces 100 per cent of its resin products. It has maintained growth through the considered allocation of its focus and resources. When demand in the UK fell, Vuba concentrated on its US markets - but when contractors noted that they were receiving less enquiries about resin products, Vuba put together a campaign to raise awareness.
Runners-up: GTS Logistics UK, Jupiter IT Solutions
Business of the Year (over 51 employees)
Providing outsourced sales, customer service and bureau service to businesses, ResQ is committed to making contact centres more effective. With a team of 2,000, the Hull firm works to provide both clients and their customers with impeccable service - and also strives to create a supportive and engaging working environment for employees. This dedication to quality in every facet of the business has helped ResQ thrive - with the business seeing an increase in turnover of 160 per cent over the past three years. In the last year ResQ also opened its Broadband Centre of Excellence - bringing 700 new jobs to Hull.
Runners-up: Rolawn, Rradar
Lifetime Contribution (over 51 employees)
Sponsored by Reach Recruitment
Winner: Malcolm Scott