CHESTERFIELD, England and LONDON, November 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Double Success at Derbyshire Times Business Awards The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is celebrating double victory at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards on 10 November. An audience of local business leaders assembled at the Casa Hotel saw UKATA 'Highly Commended' in the Small Business of the Year category and UKATA General Manager Craig Evans named Business Person of the Year. Held every year, The Derbyshire Times Business Awards recognise and celebrate the very best in local business and commerce and this double success is recognition of a highly successful 2016 for UKATA. The Markham Vale office has spearheaded a series of successful national initiatives, including Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe; with UKATA members offering free asbestos awareness training to small businesses throughout the country. "I am obviously delighted to have been named as Business Person of the Year," said UKATA General Manager Craig Evans when commenting on the awards. "However, my award, and the commendation in the Business of the Year category are fitting recognition of all the hard work of both my colleagues and our members this year. It is a proud moment for me personally and UKATA collectively and certainly UKATA and I could have not made the progress we have this year without the backing of a great team." While UKATA is a national organisation with members throughout the UK, the Association does a great deal of work in the region, both on asbestos awareness and training and in support of local charities. Earlier this year Craig and colleague Sasha Brailsford's charity skydive raised money for The British Lung Foundation, which contributed towards the donation of over £10,000 to the national charity. UKATA also sponsored the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Chesterfield Volunteer Centre Awards this year, supporting their initiatives of working to promote volunteering across Derbyshire. "At UKATA we recognise the importance of playing an active role in the local region, both in terms of asbestos awareness and supporting local charities," added Craig. "It's great these awards recognise the contribution of both individuals and organisations like UKATA in the local community. We joined Chesterfield Champions to support efforts to raise the profile of the town and these Awards demonstrated there are a lot of really impressive businesses and businesspeople operating in this area, and UKATA and I are proud to be among their number," he concluded.