We're winners in the Local Business Accelerators Awards!

News just in…. Compliance365 has been named as the regional winner of the Yorkshire Post backed Local Business Accelerators competition.

Now we’ll be looking to emulate the success of last year’s regional winner, Ilkley Brewery, which carried off the national title.

The Newspaper Society’s LBA campaign, supported by 500 newspapers across Britain, seeks to find Britain’s most promising young companies. It aims to give a boost to young businesses and help invigorate local communities.

The two other finalists – Viamaster Training of Castleford, and online retailer Approved Food of Sheffield – earned high praise from the Yorkshire Post’s judging panel, which included senior business leaders who had acted as their mentors.

Compliance365 won a series of mentoring sessions and free advertising in the Yorkshire Post after being shortlisted from 33 regional entries.

The mentors are Paul Ayre, managing partner of law firm Gordons, Roger Marsh, senior partner of accountancy firm PwC in Leeds, and John Hooper, executive director at Yorkshire Bank’s parent company National Australia Group Europe.

Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright, who chaired the judging session, said: “The judges agreed that all three finalists are winners in their sectors, and great Yorkshire businesses.

“Choosing the winner was an incredibly hard task because all three shortlisted companies were outstanding. We’re very grateful to Paul, Roger and John for helping the businesses as mentors, and contributing to the judging process.”

Writing in today’s Yorkshire Post, Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright said: "The best business ideas are often incredibly simple. The three companies short listed in the Yorkshire Post-backed Local Business Accelerators contest have seen their turnover and profits grow because they have maintained a clear vision and an unwavering sense of purpose during troubled economic times.

The judging panel chose energy-saving specialist Compliance365, from Wakefield, as the regional winner, but the panel members all believed that Viamaster Training of Castleford, and online retailer Approved Food of Sheffield were also “winners” in their chosen fields.

At the final stage of the judging process, representatives from the three short-listed companies travelled to the Yorkshire Post’s headquarters in Leeds, where they got the chance to chat with their mentors, and participate in a discussion about the value of mentoring.

Their mentors, along with Yorkshire Post Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright, later decided which of them would go through to the national final. The winner – Compliance365 – counts the likes of Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Punch Taverns and Enterprise Inns among its client base.

The business has developed cloud-based energy audit and certification services, which are aimed at helping businesses to save money on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

Founded in October 2010, Compliance365 now has around 25 staff, with this figure expected to rise to 35 by the end of its current financial year, which closes in March 2014.

Also using cloud-based technology, the business has developed C365 Online, a compliance management system which helps organisations and businesses to manage their legislative obligations in many areas, including health and safety and employment.

Malcolm Wallis, the managing director of Compliance365, was full of praise for his mentor, Paul Ayre, the managing partner of law firm Gordons, which has offices in Leeds and Bradford.

Mr Wallis said: “The introduction to Paul has been a real positive for us. Paul’s professional network has introduced us to a number of other potential clients. We’re very busy dealing with the business, day in and day out, and Paul has been able to introduce me to a number of other business streams that I wouldn’t have even thought about.”


Compliance365 is an independent energy consultancy. We provide advice and guidance on all our services; how to save energy; how to save money on your energy bills; and ultimately how to become more energy efficient. Our aim is to be as cost effective and flexible as possible for our clients.

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