The inaugural Sports Business Awards were held on Friday 2nd June at the Brewery in London.

Hosted by Dan Walker, with over 400 in attendance there was a fantastic celebratory atmosphere at the lunchtime ceremony.

Gold silver and bronze trophies were awarded in 15 categories with recipients from a wide variety of sports including Rugby, Golf, Football, Cricket, Tennis, Hockey, Darts, Athletics and Horse Racing.

To see the full list of winners click here.

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These brand new awards were conceived to celebrate the hard work and successes of individuals and teams who make sporting success possible; the organisers, the suppliers, the designers, the administrators, the advisors, the technologists, the marketers and the companies who ensure that the business of sport, in all its various and myriad forms, happens successfully.

The judging panel was made up of CEOs across all sports alongside individuals whose knowledge, expertise and experience gave them special insight into the challenges and demands of sports business success.

I agreed to be on the judging panel because as someone that has been involved in sport for most of my life, I know how important it is to recognise all the areas that are involved in delivering sport.  So these awards are most welcome and will recognise outstanding achievement.  

I am looking for passion, dedication and commitment within their roles. An individual is only as good as the team around him/her.  

Sir Steve Redgrave, Five times Rowing Olympic gold medal winner

It’s important that businesses get recognition for the time, effort and money they invest into sport. Many of our great champions would not have made it to the top, without this commitment.

The Sports Business Awards will encourage business to keep up the good work, and contribute to the national development of sports. 

I’ll be interested to see the creative way businesses engage themselves into the community in a flawless manor, and how they manage to cross every border, whether male/female, young and old, creed or colour to make their product or service fit.

Colin Jackson, World, Commonwealth and European champion hurdler

If you wish to enter the Sports Business Awards 2018 then click here.