2018: looking back at a record-breaking year for the Test Valley Business Awards

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.