2016 Test Valley Business Awards are open for entries!
Mon 14th March 2016
Following a very successful launch at The White Horse Hotel & Brasserie, Romsey, on 4th March, nominations/entries are now open.
With nearly 100 sponsors, supporters, and interested local businesses attending this widely anticipated event, 2016 promises to be one of the Awards’ biggest yet; marking the opening of nominations/entries for the year. The University of Southampton Science Park has sponsored the Innovation & Technology award for 8 years, with CEO Peter Birkett commenting: "We're thrilled to be part of celebrating the innovative companies making their mark in the technology landscape. Over the past 8 years, I have been witness to some remarkable businesses which have come through the awards process, from innovative mobile solutions to cutting-edge green technology. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 has to offer!"
Guest Speaker at the launch, Revd. Canon Tim Sledge, remarked at the event: “A strong economy benefits the local community but it also contributes to something beyond. That’s why these awards and the aspiration which comes with them are so important on a wider canvas.”
The Awards categories and Gold Sponsors for 2016 are:
- Doing Business Locally – Taylored IT
- Food & Drink producer of the year – McCrimmon & Reid
- Innovation & Technology Award – University of Southampton Science Park
- New Business of the Year – Test Valley Borough Council
- Small Business of the Year – Wilkins Kennedy
There is also a special award for 2016, in memory of long-standing Steering Committee member Brenda Locke, who sadly passed away suddenly last year. The Brenda Locke Award, sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group and friends of Brenda, will celebrate Women in Business.
Now in its 12th 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.
Businesses are free to enter themselves or members of the public, and other businesses may nominate partners, suppliers, or local businesses they feel are deserving of an award; the Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online.