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Posted on September 25th, 2017

Following their success in the East Midlands Chamber* 2017 business awards, two members have gone on to win regional awards from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

R.E.A.L Education, which re-engages children and young people with learning, has won the Education and Business Partnership award for the BCC East Midlands region.

The Mansfield-based company operates across, and has centres in, both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and won the Education and Business Partnership Award at the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business Awards on 8 September.

Retford-based iCON Aerospace Technology won the East Midlands Chamber Nottinghamshire Outstanding Growth Award on 15 September and from that success has now scooped the BCC East Midlands regional High Growth Business of the Year award.

iCON Aerospace Technology is a world leader in highly-engineered products utilising polymers used in sealing, containment, propulsion and protection systems worldwide,

Their success means both firms are finalists in the BCC national awards, the winners of which will be announced at a gala dinner at The Brewery, London, on 30 November. Both companies will be guests of East Midlands Chamber at the awards dinner.

They will also be invited to attend the annual general meeting of East Midlands Chamber, at Horsley Lodge, Derby, on 2 November, to receive certificates commemorating their regional success.

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “Congratulations to both iCON Aerospace Technology and R.E.A.L Education for going on to achieve further success in the BCC’s regional awards.

“The Chamber awards are the only business awards in the region delivered purely by business for business and are also the only awards which offer the winners the chance to share their stories on the national stage.

“We wish both companies the best of luck as they go on to represent the East Midlands at the national awards.”

Announcing the regional winners this morning (Monday), Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard work.

“The awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate business achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

*East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)