On the 10th November, at a glittering awards celebration attended by over 500 business people from across north Hampshire, winners were announced for the INSPIRE Business Awards 2016 honouring the very best of North Hampshire’s business success in 2016.
With award entries and winners from right across the north Hampshire region from Andover to Aldershot and everywhere in between, the INSPIRE business awards programme culminated in a spectacular evening held in the Hampshire Arena at Hampshire Court Hotel and were organised by Destination Basingstoke on behalf of sponsoring partners.
Winners and finalists came from all parts of North Hampshire with the coveted ‘Business of the Year’ Award going to a triumphant R. Collard Ltd.,the demolition, waste and recycling company based in Eversley.
The evening was compered by Felicity Edwards, Managing Director of Destination Basingstoke with Michael Buerk renowned journalist and TV presenter, who is the patron of Challengers, the charity partner for the evening.
Michael Buerk summarised the Awards:
“It has been great fun to be part of this tremendous celebration and to hear all the stories of entrepreneurship. North Hampshire clearly is a great place for business. I was delighted that all the attendees gave so generously to Challengers, a fantastic charity that does vital work in the local community, who knows, maybe it will help create some North Hampshire entrepreneurs of the future.”
INSPIRE Business Awards 2016 Winners
|New Business of the Year Award|
|Winner: Hartlett’s Cafe
“Our winner displayed passion, tenacity by the bucket load and an unwavering faith in a business that was questioned by peers and challenged by the local council for five years. Saving diligently to personally fund 50% of the business start-up costs, a huge personal commitment has gone into making Hartlett’s Cafe a success.
Employing and training young staff from the area, Jenny has created a supported and invested team of young people, none of whom are prepared to compromise their service. Showing true entrepreneurial spirit major commercial catering contracts have been secured with clear plans for growth in the future”
Polly Buckland, Director of Typeface – Sponsor of the New Business of the Year Award
Beacons Estate Agents
|Business and the Community Award|
|Winner: Aldershot Football Club|
|“Aldershot Football Club have shown incredible tireless dedication and their whole ethos is about engaging with the community. They’ve used a wide range of initiatives to provide a variety of opportunities and support across the whole community”.
Alex Nagel – Sentinel Housing Association, Sponsor of the Business and the Community Award
Aldershot Enterprise Centre
Accelerate Driver Training Solutions
|Family Business of the Year|
|Winner: Andwell Brewing Company
“Andwells are a true family business combining entrepreneurship and family values and a good taste for beer to make a very successful micro-brewery – many congratulations to them”.
Alastair McArthur, Partner at Herrington Carmichael Solicitors – sponsors of the Family Business of the Year
Fresh & Clean Services
Odiham Cake Company
|Employee of the Year|
|Winner: Anna Cortvriend from R & B Industrial
“Our congratulations to Anna and her employers, a dedicated young lady that started as an apprentice and through her hard work has been promoted to become a crucial part of the team at R & B”
Paul Friend, That’s TV – Sponsor of Employee of the Year Award
Hannah Parker – The Hair Beauty and & Barber Salon
Toni Sue Mays – The Hair Beauty and & Barber Salon
|Young Business Person of the Year|
|Winner: Gordon Stott – The Sun Inn
“Gordon has been a finalist in this category before and we are delighted that his career continues to develop, he has turned the Sun Inn into a very successful gastro-pub, and it is particularly pleasing to see that he is helping to encourage other young chefs.”
Susan Paterson – Minuteman Press – Sponsor of the Young Business Person of the Year Award
David Hogg – Horizon Imaging
Suzy Oliver – Mama & Belle
|Service Excellence Award|
|Winner: ACC Ltd.|
|“I was astounded by the levels of service and customer service initiatives this small company offer, working in the environment I do, I fully understand what a challenge it is to consistently offer excellence in customer service, this business really are delivering the best they can”
Richard Staunton – Head of Business Marshall BMW MINI – Sponsor of the Service Excellence Award
|Small Business of the Year|
|Winner: Active Staff
“Active Staff are a dynamic and customer responsive recruitment agency that in a fiercely competitive market have managed to distinguish themselves with their 24/7 service for clients – alongside a clear business planning and great customer loyalty they are a very impressive small business.”
Jess Holmes, The Breeze, Sponsor of the Small Business of the Year Award.
Andwell Brewing Company
|Entrepreneur of the Year|
|Winner: Nick Thompson of DCSL Software
“Nick was a finalist last year but in true entrepreneurial style he has moved on with a clear business model, new offices, 3 new business ventures and exponential growth in his main business of bespoke software. There is much more on the horizon – he has certainly moved onwards and upwards”.
David Smy, Partner Haines Watts Chartered Accountants – Sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Nicola Hartland of Xcel Sales
Robert Collard of R. Collard Ltd.
|Innovation of the Year Award|
|Winner: Dawes Highway Safety
“Dawes Highway Safety have used Innovation to develop a revolutionary safety device, that will significantly reduce the risk of serious or fatal injury for cyclists, especially in urban areas. This product is extremely marketable and can also demonstrate economic benefits”.
Diane Fairbairn, Relationship Director, Santander – Sponsor of the Innovation of the Year Award
The Business Software Centre
|International business of the Year|
|Winner: Loma Systems
“I was very impressed with Loma’s sophisticated x-ray and quality control management systems, which are quite simply world class. Loma is a true global leader in its sector and very deserving winner of this award”.
Stuart McLean, Fluor – Sponsor of the International Business of the Year
|Employer of the Year|
|Winner: Fleet Mortgages
“Fleet mortgages is a very young organisation but right from the very outset they refreshingly set themselves up investing in their staff, in terms of benefits, development and involving their staff in decisions. Simple initiatives such as providing fresh fruit, lunch with the CEO and a very inclusive working environment has enabled them to generate strong staff loyalty and a great team culture – worthy winners of Employer of the Year!”
Karen Sanders, Director, HR Depart. – sponsor of the Employer of the Year Award.
The Hampshire Court Hotel
|Business of the Year|
|Winner : R. Collard Ltd.
“Collard’s is a remarkable business that has changed an industry – pioneering the one-stop shop for demolition, waste disposal and recycling, all started from one man’s hard work, dogged determination and a second hand tipper truck, to a huge business with a multi-million turnover, many congratulations to our 2016 Business of the Year”.
Felicity Edwards – Destination Basingstoke – event organisers
View the photos from the INSPIRE 2016 awards ceremony.
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