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Interiors trio make NBA finals

DFS2013A trio of interiors companies have made it to the finals of the National Business Awards UK.

DFS, Ikea, and Vi-Spring have been shortlisted in separate categories.

DFS has been nominated for the Corporate Citizenship Award category, and will be facing opposition from Samsung, Experian and Telefonica, amongst others. The award will be judged by Caroline Diehl, The Media Trust ceo, who comments: 'The scale of DFS's reach into the communities where it works is impressive, and includes widespread staff engagement and innovative fun initiatives involving customers, staff and partner charities, as well as generating great media coverage.'

Ikea has been named as a finalist for The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award. The category, which contains competition from Amey, Anglian Water Services and Webmart, will be judged by Stephen Ibbotson, ICAEW director of business at ICAEW. 'Exceptional financial performance has resulted from the consistent application of simple but effective strategies at Ikea. Consumers have been educated in sustainable thinking while buying contemporary, good value products. Staff and external partners are important stakeholders in its sustainability plans.'

Vi-Spring is one of ten businesses up for The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year award, alongside companies such as Tangle Teezer, Scuf Gaming and Bulldog Skincare for Men. Exports account for 40% of Vi-spring's sales.

The winners of the 15 awards will be announced on 11 November.