Here, we look back at everything that made 2018 an exceptional year for the Test Valley Business Awards…
As 2018 draws to an end, and the beginning of a new year looms, now is the ideal time to look back on everything that made this year a truly exceptional period in the Test Valley Business Awards’ history.
A sell-out launch: officially launching in the spring, the Test Valley Business Awards’ first event of the year – held at the Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge – saw over 100 business representatives come together to network, enjoy light refreshments, and learn more about the Awards’ programme for the year.
A selection of extraordinary entry prizes: including a day’s complimentary Trout Fishing at the Leckford Estate, and afternoon tea for 2 at Rosebourne, this year’s entry prizes gave 6 lucky entrants picked entirely at random the opportunity to experience some of the best products and services Test Valley has to offer.
A record number of entries: 2018 saw the Test Valley Business Awards welcome now less than 224 entries across 6 unique awards categories; almost 50 more than last year, and the highest number of entries ever received in the Awards’ 14 year history.
Honouring the centenary of the women’s vote: with Journalist & Broadcaster Jenni Murray as Guest Speaker for the prestigious Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, together with a brand new, independently judged, category celebrating Test Valley’s Businesswoman of the Year, 2018 saw the Awards sensitively honour the centenary of the women’s vote.
Hundreds flock to the Gala Dinner: welcoming almost 200 business representatives from across the Test Valley, the 2018 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, held at the Museum of Army Flying, was one of the largest of the Awards’ events to-date.
The Mayor helps celebrate this year’s winners: The Worshipful, the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Carr, has been travelling across the borough, celebrating with this year’s deserving winners:
• Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources
• The Sheep Shed Gallery
• vivaMOS Ltd.
• VuePoint Solutions Ltd.
• Wathen Marine Catering Equipment Services Ltd.
Yes, 2018 has been a phenomenal year in the Test Valley Business Awards’ history; leaving us anticipating the endless possibilities of the 2019 Awards programme.
Now in its 14th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.