The 11th annual ceremony at the Grosvenor hotel was opened with a video message from Prime Minister David Cameron, and followed by a speech from Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury.
Motivational speaking, not that it was needed, came from Olympic medallist Jessica Ennis. Awards host Jeff Randall admitted he found himself far more excited at the prospect of talking to golden girl Ennis than his usual Sky News interviewees.
Phil Smith, chief executive of Cisco won the biggie of the night – the Leader of the Year Award, while Kate Swann, chief executive of WH Smith received the award for a Decade of Excellence in Business.
Other winners were Shutl for Start-Up of the Year, Newton Europe for Business Enabler of the Year, Marks & Spencer for Sustainability, law firm, Eversheds for Leadership Diversity and Intertek which bagged the FTSE 100 Business of the Year trophy.