TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2020

Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2018 finalists: Doing Business Locally Award

Your chance to learn more about the TVBAwards2018 Doing Business Locally Award finalists…

With only a matter of weeks to go until the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Army Flying on 13th September, the spotlight is on the Doing Business Locally Award finalists.

The Doing Business Locally Award is sponsored and judged by Taylored IT, and exists to celebrate businesses with a strong connection to their local community through any means, including; marketing, trading, recruiting or sourcing local produce.

The finalists in this category for 2018, are:

  • Sheep Shed Gallery
  • CoCo’s Canine Creche Ltd.
  • The Greyhound on the Test

Of the finalists, Hendry Taylor of Taylored IT remarked:

“With so many entries of such high quality, judging has been a – very welcome! – challenge this year, actually it has been very hard to select the finalists. Congratulations to all the finalists, each of you truly reflect the spirit of ‘Doing Business Locally’. To have come this far is a wonderful achievement.”

The Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, where this year’s winners will be announced, represents a great opportunity to hear about and celebrate the success of just some fascinating enterprises. It also allows guests to network with other local businesses and gain valuable publicity to promote themselves.

Paula Staff of CoCo’s Canine Creche Ltd. commented on being shortlisted:

“We are thrilled to have been selected as finalists in the ‘Doing Business Locally’ category of TVBA. I wanted to open Coco’s to provide a local service for responsible dog owners and offer something different for their dogs during the day. Our creche is an indoor play park for dogs with a woodland theme, spacious and bright and with a homely feel. As a new/start up business we had to call on the expertise of many local skilled professionals to create our vision, from the design of the logo by a young up and coming graphic designer through to the painting and decorating of the unit and installation of the dog safety crates in the van. The artist who designed and painted our mural has since gone on to open her own studio at The Fairground Craft Centre and we have employed youngsters from Sparsholt, who have completed the Animal Management Diploma, as well as had the pleasure of welcoming a number of regular local volunteers who come every week to get their ‘doggie fix’. Since we have been open we have also supported a number of local school/college students seeking work experience. Their help has been very much appreciated and I believe we have inspired some of them to work with animals in the future. Every week for the last few months we have had help from a young man from Andover Mencap – it has been lovely to see his confidence grow whilst he has been interacting with the dogs. We will always continue to support our local businesses and trades people and hope to be able to provide even more over the coming months and years teaming up with other canine professionals from the area.”

Similarly, Bea Maddison, Gallery Administrator of Sheep Shed Gallery remarked:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be a finalist in the Doing Business Locally Award, just to reach the final three is a huge achievement for us! As a team, we have worked really hard over the past year to ensure that the Gallery is reaching its full potential and is promoting our local artists efficiently; whilst utilising local businesses for our advertising and creating strong local partnerships in the process. We endeavour to continue on this pathway in the future and hope to be able to support more and more local artists and craftspeople.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 13th September; costing just £55 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

To book tickets, please visit: https://tvba2018galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk or see: www.tvbawards.org.uk for more information.

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.

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2018 finalists: Businesswoman of the Year Award

Your chance to learn more about the TVBAwards2018 Businesswoman of the Year Award finalists…

With only 7 weeks to go until the widely-anticipated Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Army Flying on 13th September, the spotlight is on the Businesswoman of the Year Award finalists.

The Businesswoman of the Year Award was created to shine a light on exceptional businesswomen within Test Valley, who are proud of what they do, and has been judged independently by 3 local businesswomen.

The finalists in this category for 2018, are:

  • Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources
  • Alana Penkethman of Parker Bullen LLP
  • Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd.

Of the finalists, Caroline Stevens from Danebury Vineyards, independent judge of the Businesswoman of the Year category, said of this year’s finalists:

“Being part of the judging process this year was a very welcome, but challenging, experience; the entries we received were of such a high standard, and it’s a real testament to our 3 finalists to have come this far. My sincerest congratulations to them.”

The Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, where this year’s winners will be announced, represents a great opportunity to hear about and celebrate the success of just some fascinating enterprises. It also allows guests to network with up to 170 like-minded local businesses and gain valuable publicity to promote themselves.

Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. commented of being shortlisted:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as a finalist in The Businesswoman of the Year category for the Test Valley Business Award 2018. Whilst being the Owner and Director of Active Staff, I am also actively involved within the local community as a member in the Business Strategy group within the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (Andover) and I am Chair of the Andover BID. Accolades such as this are a real reflection of the involvement I have both in business and in volunteering to support local organisations to succeed in business and also enhance our region.”

Similarly, Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources, Romsey, remarked:

“Excited doesn’t even cover it! I’m thrilled to be shortlisted in the Businesswoman of the Year category at the Test Valley Business Awards. As the MD of an HR consultancy business, I’ve built my career – and over the past 6 years, my business – in a realm where women dominate in numbers…but still have challenges to overcome. To win this award would mean the world to me and would also be a massive credit to all those women who have helped me succeed my career to date: former colleagues, business contacts and now my own team. Fingers crossed!”

Finally, Alana Penkethman of Parker Bullen LLP commented:

“I am extremely grateful to have been shortlisted to stand alongside two of the many talented businesswomen in the Test Valley. I am fortunate to work in a role which requires me to strive for equality on a daily basis; the Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of women within such a strong and diverse business community.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 13th September; costing just £55 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

To book tickets, please visit: https://tvba2018galadinner.eventbrite.co.uk or see: www.tvbawards.org.uk for more information.

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.

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Celebrating employers’ investments in their most valuable assets – their staff

Simplyhealth supports initiative to celebrate local businesses which value and invest in their employees…

Everyday healthcare company Simplyhealth, is the newest supporter of local business awards initiative, the Test Valley Business Awards; Gold Sponsors of the Employer of the Year Award.

Open to any businesses operating within the Test Valley that employs staff, the Employer of the Year Award serves to recognise local business’ commitments to and support for staff in ways that result in business success; putting staff at the centre of their organisation, and seeing improved business performance through their investment in staff.

Richard Gillies, Chief Operating Officer at Simplyhealth, said of the importance of this category, and the Test Valley Business Awards:

“At Simplyhealth, our purpose is to help people make the most of life and as sponsor of The Employer of the Year Award, we want to find likeminded businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to investing in their people.

“The Test Valley Business Awards provide a great opportunity to showcase and support the great work being undertaken by businesses in our region and we’re delighted to be involved.”

The Employer of the Year Award is one of six awards categories in this year’s initiative, seeking to celebrate a wide variety of business areas, types, and achievements.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2018 awards categories and Gold Sponsors are:

  • Innovation & Technology Award – The University of Southampton Science Park

  • New Business of the Year Award – Test Valley Borough Council
  • Doing Business Locally Award – Taylored IT
  • Small Business of the Year Award – Wilkins Kennedy
  • Employer of the Year Award – Simplyhealth
  • Businesswoman of the Year Award

To enter, and be in with a chance of winning a special entry prize, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk/enternominate/ by 11th May, 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.
Test Valley Business Awards is free to enter; it takes just minutes to fill in the online form and if you win, could lead to a full 12 months fantastic business promotion across the Test Valley and beyond.

All of our businesses are achieving in their own particular way and the awards is a great opportunity to get those individual stories out to a wider audience.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many categories as possible before the entry & nomination period ends at midnight on 11th May.

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.

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 Finalists: Small Business of the Year Award

Learn more about the Test Valley Business Awards Small Business of the Year finalists…

The 14th September marks the 13th annual Test Valley Business Awards; celebrating local business excellence and supporting businesses to grow year upon year.

The Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy, has been a key category in the Awards for several years, recognising the achievements of businesses employing 15 people or less, with particular focus on quality customer service, recent successes and future challenges, and achieving targets.

The Awards Ceremony offers a chance for small businesses in Test Valley to share their stories and celebrate success, and build lasting relationships. The Awards offer a great opportunity to gain valuable publicity and promote their expertise.

The finalists in this category for 2017, are:

Orchid Furniture
Active Staff Ltd.
UCPS Learning Ltd.

Lucy Dixon of Wilkins Kennedy comments of this year’s category finalists:

“The standard of entries this year was very high and it has made the judging process and shortlisting even more interesting. It is great to see local businesses’ achievements celebrated. I have met a number of inspirational people during the judging process and I wish all the entrants the very best for the future and good luck to the shortlisted entries for the gala award ceremony.”

Wilkins Kennedy LLP was established in 1882 and has grown to become one of the UK’s top 20 firms of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers with a turnover of over circa £40 million.

Darren Smith of UCPS Leaning commented of being shortlisted:

“We’re really excited about being shortlisted for the Small Business of the Year Award. We’ve been creating online-learning for three years in Andover, and we believe that being shortlisted marks a milestone in our growth.”

Similarly, Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff remarked:

“We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for the ‘Small Business of the year’ category in this year’s Test Valley Business Awards. It’s an honour to be recognised among the very best small businesses in our region.”

Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow.

The Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place at The Museum of Army , on the evening of 14th September. Tickets are just £50 to include a welcome drink and sumptuous 3 course meal provided by Michelin Award Winning chefs McCrimmon & Reid.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 finalists: Doing Business Locally Award

Your chance to learn more about the Doing Business Locally Award finalists and Gold Sponsor, Taylored IT…

With only 5 weeks to go until the widely-anticipated Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Army Flying on 14th September, the spotlight is on the “Doing Business Locally Award”, sponsored by IT consultancy, Taylored IT Ltd.

Doing Business Locally celebrates the great value of Test Valley businesses working with each other and making a difference to their community.

Vibrant local business communities offer a great way for businesses to grow together, whether as customers, clients, suppliers or for recruitment and innovative marketing.

The Test Valley Business Awards Gala evening represents a great opportunity to hear about and celebrate the success of just some of our fascinating enterprises. It also allows guests to network with like-minded local businesses and gain valuable publicity to promote themselves.

The finalists in this category for 2017, are:

• Braishfield Pantry Community Shop & Café
• The White Hart, Andover
• La Di Da Interiors

Stephanie Briggs of La Di Da Interiors commented of being shortlisted:

“We are delighted to be a finalist in the Doing Business Locally category. We support and promote other local businesses wherever possible and it’s lovely to be recognised for that. Our local products are incredibly popular and we love creating new products that help to promote the area.

“We are looking forward to the Gala evening, it will be a fabulous chance to network and make valuable contacts throughout Test Valley.”

Similarly, Anne Edwards of Braishfield Pantry Community Shop & Cafe remarked:

“’Doing Business Locally’ is at the heart of Braishfield Pantry’s ethos, so imagine the great sense of excitement that’s buzzing in our community shop and cafe as we look forward to being a finalist in this category of the prestigious Test Valley Business Awards!

“It is so rewarding to have had our thriving rural enterprise recognised and celebrated alongside other wonderful established and innovative businesses in this year’s show-case.

“Our motto, ‘Live Life Locally’, reflects our aim of supporting the region’s producers whenever possible. Our super volunteers offer a warm Braishfield welcome alongside a range of quality goods and home-baked treats to all our customers who tell us that they’re happy to support an independent retailer and the dedicated, hard-working suppliers in our special part of Hampshire’s Test Valley.”

Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow.

The Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place at The Museum of Army Flying on 14th September. Tickets are just £50 to include a welcome drink and sumptuous 3 course meal provided by Michelin Award Winning chefs McCrimmon & Reid.

To book your places, please click here.

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Andover business selects second Test Valley Business Awards entry prize winner

Patricia Ireland, owner of Andover-based small business Test Valley Textiles, has last week selected the winner of the Test Valley Business Awards second entry prize: Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards.

Having won the first entry prize – a selection of luxury wines – Patricia was called upon to pick the second winner at random, from her home near Andover town centre.

“Congratulations to Caroline,” comments Patricia Ireland of Test Valley Textiles. “And the best of luck to all who have entered their businesses into the Awards; it’s so important to celebrate local businesses, and everything we achieve – for ourselves, and for our customers.

“I’m very proud of Test Valley Textiles, and how far I’ve come since setting up my business last year, and to be recognised with this entry prize means a lot. I encourage other local business to enter for a Test Valley Business Award as soon as possible!”

Test Valley Textiles offers a range of services to individuals, businesses and the local community in theTest Valley area, including; wedding dress & prom dress alterations, dressmaking, alterations, repairs, curtains & blinds, soft furnishings and textiles tutoring.

The entry prize, won by Caroline, consists of a Buffalo Meet Box kindly donated by Broughton Water Buffalo; rich, lean meat from Water Buffalo raised on the chalk downs in Hampshire.

Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote business excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight.

It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow.

Businesses can enter themselves or nominate partners, suppliers, or other local businesses they feel are deserving of an Award, and members of the public may also nominate businesses. The Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online, via the website.

Businesses are encouraged to enter as many of the categories as possible, following the relevant judging criteria, with 200 – 250 words.

Entries/nominations close at midnight on 8th May.

To enter & nominate, click here.

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New Timeframe for 2016 Test Valley Business Awards

Responding to the ever-evolving landscape of local business, the Test Valley Business Awards announces new plans for 2016

Following the success of the Test Valley Business Awards 2015 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, seeing attendance from nearly 200 guests representing businesses from across the Test Valley, the Test Valley Business Awards Steering Committee is currently making plans for the 2016 Awards.

Having spoken at length with many local businesses and benefactors of the event, the Test Valley Business Awards Steering Committee has made the decision to make a few simple changes, making it easier for local businesses to enter, nominate, and celebrate achievements.

Up to now, the Awards are launched in the autumn, with the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony announcing all winners held during the following Spring. For 2016, the Test Valley Business Awards will be launched in March, culminating in a prestigious gala event in September.

“We’ve listened to the businesses around us,” explains one TVBA Steering Committee spokesperson. “And responded to the feedback we’ve received. We believe that changing the timings associated with our event will enhance the process for local businesses and support growth of the event, in turn supporting further the businesses involved.”

Now entering the 12th year, the Test Valley Business Awards is well established as the ideal platform for all Test Valley businesses, especially new and smaller enterprises, to gain the recognition they need to grow; celebrating achievements and providing invaluable networking opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere.

For information about how to get involved in the Test Valley Business Awards 2016, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk or email: [email protected]