TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2020

Finalists announced for Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The Test Valley Business Awards’ 2019 finalists have been announced…

From more than 200 entries and 100 Test Valley businesses across 6 award categories, our judges have chosen the 18 business finalists in the Test Valley Business Awards 2019.

This year’s judges, who represent the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors, have scrutinised the entries; spoken to and visited some of the most enterprising and inspiring businesses within Test Valley.

Having grappled with the very difficult task of selecting just 18 exceptional local businesses from the entries received, the judges have chosen their finalists.

Commiserations and thanks for entering go to those not selected this year.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 finalists are:

Businesswoman of the Year Award – sponsored by Aster Group UK

  • Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards
  • Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd.
  • Emily Wilkinson of Social You

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

  • Martial Art World
  • Signly Ltd.
  • CircuitWorx

Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by Simplyhealth

  • Pure Human Resources
  • Aster Group UK
  • Active Staff Ltd.

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

  • Tonic Analytics Limited
  • Critical Software
  • Inflowmatix Ltd.

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

  • Multax Ltd
  • Ava May Aromas
  • The Lifestyle Card

Marketing Excellence Award – sponsored by Webkick Ltd.

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

The finalists will be celebrated during the widely anticipated Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony in September; made possible by the Awards’ generous sponsors, including Special Sponsors Barratt Homes.

Jon Green, managing director of Barratt Homes, commented of the Awards:

“Supporting the communities we operate in is very important to us and we’re delighted to sponsor the Test Valley Business Awards. We have seen first-hand some of the exciting and innovative work being done by firms in the region and we look forward to celebrating their successes on the awards evening.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Army Flying Museum on 12th September; costing just £60 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

Please visit: https://tvba2019galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk to book your ticket or email [email protected]

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Silver Sponsors

More information about the Test Valley Business Awards’ 2019 Silver Sponsors…

With judging in full swing and the Gold Sponsors busily considering more 200 entries across 6 categories, now is the time to meet the Awards’ Silver Sponsors.

These generous businesses represent a cross-section of some of Test Valley’s most established and inspiring companies from right across the borough.

Bringing businesses together to celebrate their achievements through Test Valley Business Awards is made possible only by the support of our fantastic and longstanding supporters.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Silver Sponsors are:

    • Bulpitt Print Ltd.
    • Langdowns DFK
    • Myddelton & Major

David Smith of Myddelton & Major said of their support of the Test Valley Business Awards:

“Myddelton & Major have been Silver Sponsors of the Test Valley Business Awards for several years now, and are delighted to be supporting the Awards during their 15th year of celebrating business excellence.

“Local business, and supporting local businesses to achieve their goals, is important to us and an ethos we’re proud to share with TVBAwards.”

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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Judging period to begin in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

Let the judging commence for this year’s Test Valley Business Awards…!

Following a lively and energetic start to the milestone 15th Test Valley Business Awards, which has seen an impressive 30% increase in businesses entering, the judging period is about to begin.

Judging the entries represents the second critical phase – after the entry period – in the year-long awards programme.

Responsibility for judging falls to the respective 6 Gold Sponsors. Theirs will be a challenging, but welcome, task of considering each entry against their chosen judging criteria, which can be found on the Awards’ website.

This year, businesses had the opportunity to enter any of the Awards’ 6 categories, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

This year’s judging period takes place from 28th May, after which point the 2019 finalists will be announced on 19th July.

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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Celebrating Marketing Excellence in the Test Valley

Local web design & digital marketing agency sponsors new Marketing Excellence category in Test Valley Business Awards…

Andover-based web design, digital marketing and creative agency, Webkick Ltd., is sponsoring the Test Valley Business Awards newest category for 2019; the Marketing Excellence Award.

Open to businesses of any size, the Marketing Excellence Award celebrates innovation, originality, and a great return on investment (ROI) from a marketing campaign that was active at any time during 2018.

What’s more, agencies are also invited to enter client campaigns on behalf of their clients.

Creative Director of Webkick Ltd., Edward Thomas, commented on their sponsorship of this award:

“As an agency specialising in all things marketing, we’re delighted to be introducing this new category to the Awards for 2019.

“I am keen to promote the importance of marketing in retaining and generating new business and to highlight our excellent local agencies who are generating income for clients here and right across the country.

“Marketing is an incredibly important part of any business’ activities, with good marketing being one of the key contributing factors to business growth and success; profits come from sales and sales come from marketing.

“We want to celebrate local businesses doing truly innovative and remarkable things in this challenging field.”

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter this and any of the Awards’ other categories, 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, champagne, 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 & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

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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Final entry prize winner announced in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

Final prize winner revealed with just 10 to go to enter this year’s Test Valley Business Awards!

With little more than 10 days to go until entries close in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards, the fifth and final entry prize winner has been announced.

Picked entirely at random from a hat, Kate Griffin of Wessex Spirits in Andover has been named the lucky winner of a miniature hamper, generously donated by Hampshire Fare.

Kate was chosen by the Awards’ fourth entry prize winner, Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd., whilst Lisa was presented with her own prize – a hand-sewn doorstop, courtesy of Porter’s Emporium.

Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. commented of her entry prize win:

“I’m so pleased to have won an entry prize during the Awards’ entry period this year just for entering my business into the running; we’re incredibly proud of what we do here at Active Staff and entering the Awards is just one way we can showcase that to the local business community.”

This year, businesses are being encouraged to enter any or all of the Awards 6 categories, sponsored by some of the areas most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
  • 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.

Although the final entry prize winner has been announced, there is still time for businesses to enter as many categories as possible before entries close at midnight on 13th May.

You know best how your business excels; why it is special and why others should know more about it. A little effort can go a long way!

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, including editorial and advertising opportunities worth over £1,000.

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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Winner of fourth prize announced in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The winner of the fourth Test Valley Business Awards 2019 entry prize has been announced…

As the end of this year’s Test Valley Business Awards entry period draws closer, there are only a handful of chances to win a spot prize, which have been gifted to entrants chosen at random throughout the entry period.

The fourth winner of several such prizes offered during the entry period was chosen this week by Jan Lumsden of Kutchenhaus’ new Romsey showroom, winner of the Awards’ third entry prize giveaway.

Picking a name entirely at random from a hat, Jan chose Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. in Andover who has won a handmade gift donated by Porter’s Emporium.

Whilst selecting the Awards’ fourth entry prize winner, Jan was also presented with her own prize; a bottle of Veuve Cliquot from the Co-Op Distribution Centre, based in Andover.

Jan Lumsden commented of her entry prize and her experience of entering the Awards:

“I’m delighted to have won an entry prize as part of the Test Valley Business Awards this year, and recommend other businesses in the area enter. It’s a great way of showing everyone you’re proud of your business, and celebrating your achievements.”

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 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    ● Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    ● New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    ● Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    ● 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.

There is now one more opportunity left to win a locally sourced entry prize as part of the 2019 entry period.

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 & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

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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Seeking Test Valley’s best Businesswoman of the Year

Test Valley Businesswoman of the Year Award is sponsored by Housing Association Aster Group…

Aster Group is the proud new sponsor of the ever-popular Businesswoman of the Year Award category in this in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards.

Open to businesswomen operating throughout the Test Valley, the Businesswoman of the Year Award celebrates female business owners, employees, and sole traders who are proud of what they do, and have worked for and/or played a key role within the business for at least 3 years.

Rebecca Outram, head of housing – Hampshire for Aster Group said:

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Businesswoman of the Year category at this year’s awards.

“Awards like these are really important for the local business community, enabling new and smaller businesses to gain the recognition they need to grow and prosper.

“We know how important it is to celebrate achievements, so we’re thrilled to be part of these awards celebrating the best in business throughout the Test Valley.”

Aster Group supplies a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis, working towards its vision of ensuring everyone has a home.

It provides safety and security through its reliable landlord services, by building more new homes, maintaining and investing in the thousands of homes it owns, providing good services, and creating a lasting legacy in the communities it works in.

Aster Group aims to carefully balance a commercial approach with its social heart.


For Stephanie Barnett, winner of Businesswoman of the Year 2018, the award-win has galvanised her business, Pure Human Resources; winning her new clients and promotional opportunities both within her industry and the local business community.

Talking of her experience as a Test Valley Business Award winner, Stephanie Barnett said:

“We have made lots of useful contacts across the local area and have gained some fabulous new clients directly as a result of the Awards.”

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    ● Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    ● New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    ● Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    ● Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
    ● Businesswoman of the Year Award – Aster Group
    ● Small Business of the Year Award – Parker Bullen LLP

To enter this and any of the Awards’ other categories, 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 locally brewed beer, theatre tickets, 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 & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

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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Third entry prize winner chosen in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The third Test Valley Business Awards 2019 entry prize winner has been selected…

With only a month left to enter this year’s Test Valley Business Awards, businesses entering are being given the chance to win a variety of spot prizes, kindly donated by local companies and organisations.

Entrants are chosen at random throughout the entry period which closes on 13th May.

Jan Lumsden of Kutchenhaus Ltd in Romsey is the very lucky winner of our third entry prize, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, generously donated by the Co-Op Distribution Centre at Andover Business Park.

Jan’s name was randomly picked out of the hat by Adam Fox of Fox Finds – Gifts & Homeware in Romsey, who won the previous entry prize giveaway.

At the same time, Adam was also presented with his own prize, a pair of theatre tickets from The Lights, Andover.

This year, there are 6 very varied awards categories to enter which celebrate every aspect of local business and which are sponsored by some of Test Valley’s most accomplished and well-established businesses.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    ● Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    ● New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    ● Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    ● 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, locally sourced entry prizes such as wine, theatre tickets, and locally produced beer.

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 & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

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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Second entry prize winner selected in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The winner of the second Test Valley Business Awards 2019 entry prize has been selected…

With this year’s Test Valley Business Awards in full swing, local business people are being given the chance to win an assortment of spot prizes, gifted to entrants chosen at random throughout the entry period, closing next month.

The second of several such prizes offered during the entry period was chosen this week by Sarah Horne of Clarion HR in Andover, winner of the Awards’ very first entry prize giveaway.

Picking a name entirely at random from a hat, Sarah chose Adam Fox of Fox Finds – Gifts and Homeware, winner of show tickets donated by The Lights in Andover.

Whilst selecting the Awards’ second entry prize winner, Sarah was also presented with her own prize; a gift pack of beer from local brewers Test Brewing.

Speaking of her prize win and her experience of entering the Awards, Sarah commented:

“I was very pleased to receive the bottles of Test Brewing beers from the entry prize draw after submitting my business for a Test Valley Business Award.

Good luck to all other entrants, and I would encourage other businesses within the Test Valley area to apply for the various categories.”

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 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    ● Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    ● New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    ● Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    ● 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, locally sourced entry prizes.

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 & nomination period ends at midnight on 13th May.

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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First entry prize winner announced in Test Valley Business Awards 2019

The winner of the first Test Valley Business Awards 2019 entry prize has been announced…

With this year’s Test Valley Business Awards in full swing, now is the time to enter outstanding local businesses and celebrate professional achievements; alongside the chance to win an assortment of spot prizes, gifted to entrants chosen at random throughout the entry period, which closes on 13th May.

The first winner of several such prizes was chosen this week by Beth Deacon of Broughton-based brewery Test Brewing, donators of this year’s very first entry prize – a gift pack of Test Brewing’s finest beer.

Picking a name entirely at random from a hat, Beth chose Sarah Horne of Clarion HR as the deserving winner of this fabulous local prize.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2019 Awards Categories & Gold Sponsors are:

    • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park
    • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
    • Marketing Excellence Award – Webkick Ltd.
    • 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.

What’s more, there will be even more chances for entrants chosen entirely at random to win a selection of locally sourced entry prizes throughout the entry period – with the next entry prize winner being selected early next week.

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 13th May.

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.