TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2018

Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 finalists: Marketing Excellence Award

An insight into the businesses shortlisted for this year’s Marketing Excellence Award…

As anticipation builds in the lead up to this year’s Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, held at the Army Flying Museum on 12th September, the spotlight is on the finalists in this year’s Marketing Excellence Award category.

Sponsored and judged by web design & digital marketing agency Webkick Ltd., the Marketing Excellence Award was open to entries from businesses of any size that could demonstrate innovation, originality, and a great return on investment from a marketing campaign that was live and active at any time during 2018.

The finalists in this category for 2019 are: 

  • Petpals UK
  • Coyote Fitness UK
  • Hampshire Fare C.I.C.

Ed Thomas, Creative Director of Webkick Ltd., said of the category finalists: 

“Great marketing campaigns can transform businesses; raising awareness for, and perceptions of, the brands they’re promoting, whilst boosting sales & business growth. 

“The businesses shortlisted in this category have demonstrated real innovation, efficiency, and creativity when running their respective marketing campaigns – we were incredibly impressed with what each of these businesses achieved, and look forward to celebrating their successes at the upcoming Gala Dinner.”

As well as revealing and celebrating this year’s winners, the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony provides an invaluable opportunity for up to 200 local business people to network in a relaxed and informal setting.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, says:

“Being category finalists in the Test Valley Business Awards means a huge amount to us as it is lovely to be recognised for our hard work.

“Hampshire Fare is a small team working with nearly 400 businesses, many within the Test Valley area. We help our members to market themselves – for example we worked closely with ChalkStream when they wanted to get Hampshire trout back on the menu.

“This means we spend all our time supporting and shouting about our members and not about us. It is rare that our work behind the scenes is recognised, so that is why we are very excited and grateful to be a finalist in these prestigious awards.”


Kevin Thackrah, Managing Director for Petpals, commented of being shortlisted in this category:

“We are delighted to have reached the finals of the Test Valley Business Awards. We work hard to ensure all 50+ of our franchisees have the marketing tools they need to build sustainable, profitable businesses, whilst also marketing the franchise opportunity itself to a wider audience. We are grateful to the awards and judges for putting us through to the finals and we look forward to meeting more great Test Valley businesses at the awards in September.”

Similarly, Rebecca Owen of Coyote Fitness UK, commented:

“Coyote Fitness UK passionately drives health, fitness and wellbeing amongst the young people of Test Valley. This nomination has recognised the hard work of all who have collaborated with us, and continue to do so on this important lifestyle journey. We are thrilled to be a finalist, and are filled with pride knowing that our unique style has made such a positive impact.”

The Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony is supported by an array of generous local businesses, the Awards’ sponsors, including this year’s Special Sponsors Barratt Homes.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 12th September are available to book via the Awards’ website or by visiting: https://tvba2019galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk, and cost just £60 to include welcome drink & 3 course meal.

Now in its 15th 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. 

*Picture of Tracy Nash with MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire at New Forest Show 2019 © The Electric Eye Photography