TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2020

Test Valley businesses going the extra mile?

Are you or do you know a local business that is going the extra mile to help others in this time of crisis?

Test Valley Business Awards (TVBA) organisers and sponsors want to remind businesses that although it has been necessary to postpone the 2020 awards, the show goes on, hopefully with a re-launch in the Autumn and the Gala Dinner in Spring of 2021. These are uncertain times and we want to keep in touch.

Sponsor Cllr Drew said “Although the awards have been deferred, we want to keep their spirit alive and to celebrate business excellence in the Test Valley by asking for examples and nominations of local businesses which have made a special contribution during these challenging times.

Examples include switching production to supply the NHS and care homes, switching to delivering to people who are house-bound or supporting their staff or the community in a million and one other ways. Big or small we would like to know.

Each month, through to the re-launch, we would like to celebrate a Test Valley business that is “Going the Extra Mile”. The Gold Sponsors will then choose the winner who will receive a bottle of champagne, coverage in the local media and social media and an award logo for their website and marketing.

Full details and an entry form can be found on the website at www.tvbawards.org.uk/extramile together with the entry dates.

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Test Valley Business Awards Postponed for 2020

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the Coronavirus Lockdown, the Test Valley Business Awards has been postponed until Spring 2021.

2020 was to have been the 16th year of the awards, with the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony planned for September, celebrating business excellence throughout the Test Valley.

The Steering Group and Gold Sponsors have confirmed that all entries for this year will be carried over to next year’s event with the current sponsors also staying on-board.

A spokesperson for the Steering Group and Sponsors said, “While we are very disappointed the awards are not going ahead this year it is more important that everyone stays safe.”

Katie Brooks from the Steering Group added: “You are still able to enter your business online now and we will be having a major push in the final weeks before the judging. We want as many local businesses to get involved and promote themselves as possible.”

The Steering Group and Sponsors are also looking to introduce a way of celebrating how Test Valley businesses have supported the community and NHS throughout the crisis and will be releasing details as they are agreed and set up.

To enter your business, go online to www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter

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Awards Postponed But Entries Still Open

Due to the government announcement earlier today that  the Coronavirus lockdown is to be extended, the TVBA Steering Committee have decided to postpone the awards and dinner until it is safe to hold them.

Entries are still being taken in the various categories which include:

  • Business in the Community Award
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award
  • Employer of the Year Award
  • Innovation & Technology Award
  • New Business of the Year Award
  • Small Business of the Year Award

To enter, head over to the entry page: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter

 

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Entries now open for the Test Valley Business Awards 2020

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Test Valley Business Awards…

Following an energetic and well-attended launch event today at Kimbridge Barn near Romsey, entries are now open for the Test Valley Business Awards 2020.

This year, there are no fewer than 6 awards categories to choose from, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2020 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    • • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    • • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    • • Business in the Community – Barratt Homes
    • • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
    • • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
    • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter, businesses are asked to visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enter and fill in the simple online form with 200 – 250 words about your business against the relevant category judging criteria, which can also be found on the Awards’ website.

During the entry period, several entrants will be selected at random to receive an array of fabulous entry prizes; including wine and other sought-after local goodies.

The Awards is free to enter; taking just a few short minutes to fill in the online form which, if successfully chosen as a winner, could lead to a full 12 months of business promotion across the Test Valley.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many categories as possible before the entry period ends at midnight on 15th May.

Now in its 16th 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.

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Businesswoman of the Year winner to speak at Business Awards launch

The 2019 Business Woman of the Year Award winner will launch Test Valley Business Awards 2020.

Following a record-breaking 2019, the Test Valley Business Awards is back for a 16th year, TVBA 2020 will officially launch at 12 noon on Friday 6 March at Kimbridge Barn near Romsey, where last year’s Businesswoman of the Year Award winner, Caroline Stevens, will speak about her experience.

Caroline is Sales & Marketing Manager for Stockbridge based Danebury Vineyards, a family-owned boutique wine estate producing fine English wine for over twenty years that consistently win awards at international wine tasting competitions and list some of the top establishments in London and Hampshire as their customers.

The launch event marks the start of this year’s entry process which is open to businesses of any size operating across the Test Valley.

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.

New to the Steering Group, Katie Brooks from Bear Behind, offered a thank you to outgoing team member Sophie Porter.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Sophie who helped promote and market the awards and made them what they are. I know I have some big shoes to fill and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Places for the Test Valley Business Awards 2020 launch are free but limited and therefore prior booking is essential for individuals wishing to attend this year’s launch. To book, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/94174399163 or see www.tvbawards.org.uk for more information

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Mayor of Test Valley Visits New Business Award-Winner

The Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley visits New Business award-winner…

In the weeks that have followed the Test Valley Business Awards’ 15th annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, seeing over 150 local business representatives gather together to find out which of this year’s finalists were to be announced the deserving winners of 2019, The Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Martin Hatley, has been helping the winners celebrate their achievements even further. 

Starting with Ava May Aromas last week, joint winners of the New Business of the Year Award sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council, the Mayor visited the business’s premises near Andover, where he was able to meet the team; finding out more about the achievements of the business since it was established in July 2018, and future plans. 

Based at The Commercial Centre near Andover, Ava May Aromas was established in July 2018 by Hannah Chapman who started creating beautiful wax melts, candles, reed diffusers and more; all made with unique and designer scents.

The visit marks the first of many for this year’s Business Awards winners; with Critical Software, Aster Group, and CircuitWorx included in those still to come before the end of the year.

Now at the end of 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. 
For more information about the Test Valley Business Awards and how to get involved in the 2020 Awards, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk

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Test Valley Business Awards 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 Test Valley Business Awards have now been announced…

During the widely anticipated Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 12th September at the new look Army Flying Museum, the winners for the 2019 Test Valley Business Awards were announced. 

Seeing over 150 local business representatives gather together to network, enjoy delicious food prepared by local caterers McCrimmon & Reid, and recognise local business achievements during the Awards’ 15th anniversary celebration, guests also had the opportunity to hear the evening’s Guest Speaker, Animal Wrangler and consultant for TV & film Chris Brown. 

The event also raised an incredible £1170 for Romsey Cancer Support Centre, Jane Scarth House.

Then came the Awards Ceremony, where attendees learned which of this year’s 18 finalists were to be crowned the winners for 2019.

From over 200 entries submitted by more than 100 businesses operating throughout the Test Valley, 18 outstanding businesses were shortlisted across the Awards’ 6 categories. 

The winners of the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 are:

Businesswoman of the Year Award – sponsored by Aster Group UK

Winner: 

  • Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards

Highly commended:

  • Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. 
  • Emily Wilkinson of Social You

Small Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Parker Bullen LLP

Winner: 

  • CircuitWorx

Highly commended: 

  • Martial Art World 
  • Signly Ltd. 

Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by Simplyhealth

Winner: 

  • Aster Group UK

Highly commended:

  • Pure Human Resources
  • Active Staff Ltd.

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

Winner:

  • Critical Software

Highly commended:

  • Tonic Analytics Limited
  • Inflowmatix Ltd.

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

Joint winners:

  • Multax Ltd
  • Ava May Aromas

Highly commended:

  • The Lifestyle Card

Marketing Excellence Award – sponsored by Webkick Ltd.

Winner:

  • Coyote Fitness UK

Highly commended: 

  • Hampshire Fare C.I.C
  • Petpals UK Ltd. 

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. 

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 finalists: Innovation & Technology Award

A chance to learn more about the 2019 Innovation & Technology Award finalists before the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony…

Less than a week left until the widely anticipated 2019 Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony and the spotlight is on the Innovation & Technology Award finalists.

Sponsored and judged by The University of Southampton Science Park, the Innovation & Technology Award category encouraged entries from businesses operating throughout the Test Valley that were achieving business success through innovative application of new ideas, technology or practices; demonstrating a product or process that has made a significant difference to sales revenue; commitment to the use of technology that has led to business success; or evidence of an innovative approach to marketing, management or product development

The finalists in this category for 2019 are: 

  • Critical Software
  • Inflowmatix Ltd.
  • Tonic Analytics Limited

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.

Andy Dollin, Chief Operating Officer of Tonic Analytics Limited, commented of the Awards:

We are a business with a global focus – last year, over 80% of sales came from exporting of our digital services and technologies to international customers… yet we are also very much a local business.  Our talented team all live locally, and we are based at Southampton Science Park, where we have had a presence since our formation just 4 years ago.   

“Being in the Test Valley is good for Tonic and as a local business, we also believe strongly in putting back into the community – such as our sponsorship of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and providing internships for local university students.

“Test Valley Business Awards are a great opportunity to showcase some of the many successful businesses that are based in the area and the various ways that each is positively making its mark on the world.

“We are honoured to have been selected as finalists and delighted to play our part in highlighting the tremendous culture of technology innovation that exists locally. “

Robin Bell, COO at Inflowmatix Limited said:

“The team at Inflowmatix are excited to be a finalist in the Innovation & Technology Award category of the Test Valley Business Awards for the second year running. 

“We have experienced steady growth by developing close working relationships with our existing customer base and successfully building credibility with new customers. Being a finalist for the second year running and having our achievements recognised by our peers within the local community is a testament of our commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the water sector.”

Lastly, Yiannaki Loizou, Marketing Director of Critical Software, remarked of being shortlisted: 

“Being nominated for the Innovation & Technology Award is huge honour for Critical Software. Test Valley is a real hub of inventive energy, with so many world-class companies helping to shape the future of technology. Our own role in the UK’s smart meter energy network is just one example of some of the great work being done across the region and we’re proud to share such an established platform with so many other innovators this year.”

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.

Limited tickets are still available for the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 12th September via the Awards’ website or by visiting: https://tvba2019galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk, at a cost of £60 each 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. 

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 finalists: Small Business of the Year Award

Your opportunity to learn more about this year’s Small Business of the Year Award finalists…

With only a matter of weeks left until the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, now is the perfect time to learn more about this year’s Small Business of the Year Award finalists.

Sponsored and judged by Parker Bullen LLP, the Small Business of the Year Award category was open to Test Valley businesses employing up to 15 people who could demonstrate quality customer service, recent successes and future challenges, and achieving targets. 

The Small Business of the Year category is always a very popular one because at least three quarters of all of our businesses are small.

The finalists in this category for 2019 are: 

  • Martial Art World
  • Signly Ltd.
  • CircuitWorx

Mark Lello, Partner and Head of Company & Commercial Department at Parker Bullen LLP, commented of the Test Valley Business Awards: 

“Parker Bullen LLP are delighted to be sponsoring the Small Business of the Year Award this year as a Gold Sponsor of the Test Valley Business Awards 2019.  We are fully committed to the Andover and Test Valley business community and privileged to be involved in this exciting event.”

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.

David Bonthuys of Martial Art World commented:

“It is an absolute privilege to be selected as a small business of the year finalist for the Test Valley Business Awards. 


“With the competition so strong, this  award really does mean a great deal to our team.  


“As an established professional Martial Arts school working within the Test Valley community for over 25 years, the award would serve as a thank you to all of the thousands of students that we have supported over the years.
Martial Art World would also like to thank the awards committee and Parker Bullen for recognising our ongoing contribution to the local community”

Mark Applin of Signly Ltd. remarked of being shortlisted:

“Signly are grateful to be nominated for the TVBAwards. Being shortlisted gives team members a boost. But more than that, it presents a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the issues Deaf citizens face every day.”

Alongside this Carl Matthews, Co-Founder & Director of CircuitWorx, remarked:

“We’re delighted to have been recognised as a finalist in the Small Business of the Year Award category of the Test Valley Business Awards, it’s a great reflection of the hard work everyone puts in and we feel incredibly proud of what we have achieved together as a team.

“We’ll be celebrating our 5th birthday at the end of this month, and this latest achievement is a perfect way to celebrate our growth and success over the last few years.  

“With our move into bigger premises earlier this year, and new team members joining us this summer, including an internship programme, we’re really excited to see where the future will take us!”

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. 

*Image of Carl Matthews, CircuitWorx

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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