Area’s Most Successful Businesses Celebrated at Test Valley Business Awards 2016

Wine, wit, and wonderful cheers as the winners of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 are revealed…

22nd September saw the end of an epic 8 month-long competition to reveal the 6 winning businesses of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016. Celebrations took place at a very lively and elaborate Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Lights, Andover.
Enjoying welcome drinks, courtesy of local businesses, and a luxurious 3 course meal prepared by Michelin award-winning Stockbridge chefs McCrimmon & Reid; guests enthusiastically took the opportunity to network, reinforce existing business relationships, and make new ones during a night to remember.
Deftly, orchestrated by Master of Ceremonies Steve Randall, the evening also saw the Awards’ Guest Speaker – TV Presenter and Naturalist Chris Packham – wow the crowd with a witty and impassioned after dinner speech about the importance of supporting all things local – including local wildlife and, of course, local business!

From 160 entries this year, 18 businesses were successfully shortlisted across 6 categories; but there could only be 6 winners…

The winners of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 are:

Doing Business Locally Award – sponsored by Taylored IT

The Weyhill Farm Shop

Highly Commended:
Abbotts Ann Village Shop & Post Office
The George & Dragon

Food & Drink Producer of the Year Award – sponsored by McCrimmon & Reid

Betteridge’s Brewery

Highly Commended:
Andover Buffets
enJoy! Raw Chocolate

Innovation & Technology Award – sponsored by the University of Southampton Science Park

Fresh Relevance Ltd

Highly Commended:
Dawes Highway Safety Ltd.
Tekever Ltd

New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council

Dawes Highway Safety Ltd

Highly Commended:
Lindys Food & Coffee House (Light Lunches Limited)
Golden Gecko Climbing

Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

Lindys Food & Coffee House (Light Lunches Limited)

Highly Commended:
Leigh Williams Windows
Dovetail Framing

The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business – sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group & friends of Brenda Locke

Liz Neilson of Fluidity Insurance Consultants Ltd.

Highly Commended:
Erica Oliver of Buzzy Bees Home Support
Gemma Ingason of Trench1 Archeology

Chris Packham commented after the event:

“I’d like to extend my heart-felt congratulations to all winners of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016! It was a pleasure and an honour to meet all sponsors, supporters, winners, and those Highly Commended businesses on the evening of the incredible Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony; each one a credit to local business, and to the Test Valley!”

As well as celebrating local business achievements, every year, the Awards also recognises the importance of supporting local causes and charitable organisations. This year, choosing Andover-based charity The Hawk Conservancy Trust as charity of the year, attendees were given the chance to hear more about the Trust’s vital work in the conservation of birds of prey, whilst raising almost £1000 for this worthy cause.

Now in its 12th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow.