Test Valley Business Awards

Mission Statement – Who does what and why

What is the Test Valley Business Awards?

All business awards are about celebrating business excellence, that’s why they exist! However, the Test Valley Business Awards is so much more than simply celebrating business excellence; it is also about promoting and celebrating smaller, newer businesses – providing these businesses with the promotion and exposure they need to grow – all within the unique and varied geography of Test Valley whose 245 square miles stretches from just south of Newbury to south of the M27 motorway.


The Test Valley Business Awards began 15 years ago in 2004 when Frances Stokes, then of Hampshire County Council, and David Gleave, Test Valley Borough Council’s (then younger) Economic Development Officer asked why Test Valley did not have business awards, like Winchester and Basingstoke. Viewing this as an exciting (and challenging!) opportunity, David then began to create Test Valley’s own awards initiative… And the rest, they say, is history!

The Steering Group

The Awards have always been run by a small Steering Group of volunteer businesses, supported – but not led – by the Test Valley Borough Council.

The individual members of the Steering Group have changed over the year but today comprise:

  • Katie Brooks – self employed web designer, Bear Behind.
  • Denize Goodhall – self employed accountant, Winchester Book-keeper.
  • /*Susie James – self employed in marketing*/
  • Mark Edgerley – retired business manager, current charity Trustee
  • David Gleave – Economic Development Officer, Test Valley Borough Council.

Each member of the steering group has a different role – just like a board:

  • Katie does all the PR, marketing, coordinates our events, keeps everyone updated and informed, and is always on the other side of our inbox, ready to answer your questions
  • Denize is our treasurer and keeps us on the financial straight and narrow
  • Susie is completely new and will help with marketing and admin.
  • Mark represents TVBA in the south, attracts sponsors, entrants etc
  • Webkick run the web site for free and will help with marketing, design, printing and more
  • David helps attract sponsorship and is generally bossy.

Each role also differs in terms of the amount (and urgency) of work

If there is a key role it is admin/public relations because it represents at least 4 hours per week over the months from launch to Gala Dinner. Therefore, one member of the committee is paid to keep the Test Valley Business Awards afloat.

Why do we do it?

For each of us, as well as the enjoyment and something soppy about promoting Test Valley Business, the answer will be slightly different.

  • For David, promoting and supporting Test Valley businesses in a fun way is a great part of my role.
  • For Denize it is a great way of getting to know the Test Valley business community.
  • For Mark, it is being able to promote Romsey businesses (sponsors and entrants onto a wider stage)
  • For Katie, being involved with a lot of charity committees, it is an exciting opportunity to get to know and help the Test Valley businesses.
  • For Susie, it is to assist in promoting how fantastic the Test Valley is for businesses, however large or small.