Businesses celebrate unity through Covid

Businesses celebrate unity through Covid

By Michael Upton | 01/12/2021

Businesses celebrate unity through Covid
Lindsay Pitchley of Rotherham & Barnsley Mind, Ken Merry, vice principal of Barnsley College, and Joada Allen, president Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber.


HUNDREDS of members of the business community gathered to celebrate their “unity” through unprecedented adversity with a joyous party.

The traditional awards night hosted by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber a Magna was replaced by a Celebration for Business event, with the carnival atmosphere enhanced by singing waiters, a fairground carousel and surprise giveaways.

Thousands of pounds was also raised for charitites on the evening, while Rotherham & Barnsley Mind was revealed at the chamber’s charity of the year.

President Joada Allen paid tribute to the vital role businesses have played during the past 18 months, hailing forgotten heroes and recognising the way in which many across the region had adapted to the challenges posed by successive local and national lockdowns, as well as embracing new ways of working.

“At the beginning of March 2020, many businesses feared the worst. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber has worked tirelessly to support our members and help businesses to access the right support at the right time.

“Usually, at this time of the year the Chamber reflects on the success achieved by our members at our annual business awards but we felt that every business which has successfully navigated its way through the pandemic has their own story of success in the face of adversity and we felt now was a time for unity rather than competition.

“The event proved to be a memorable evening, not just for those companies who were recognised on the evening and was our way of recognising the incredibly way in which so many businesses from across the region have adapted to the challenges they have faced and embraced change.”

There was also applause for businesses reaching milestones, including Oxley & Coward (230 years), Marsden Weighing Machine Group (95 years), KCM Waste Management (35 years) and Hickton Quality Control (30 years).