At a glittering awards celebration attended by over 500 business people from across the region, winners were announced for the Inspire 17 Awards, honouring the very best of north Hampshire’s business success in 2017.
With a record-breaking number of 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. It was 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 S B Joinery from Stockbridge.
The evening was compered by Felicity Edwards, Managing Director of Destination Basingstoke with Ex England Rugby player and TV pundit David ‘Flats’ Flatman, who is a supporter of Heartburn Cancer UK, the charity partner for the evening.
“It has been a fantastic celebration of our business community, the judges really enjoyed learning about the journey that some of our most successful businesses have taken to become award winners. It demonstrates very clearly that North Hampshire is a great place for business to thrive. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.”Felicity Edwards
And the INSPIRE awards 2017 winners are……
INSPIRE Business Awards 2017 Winners
New Business of the Year Award
|Winner: Connective Chiropractic
Sponsored by: The Typeface Group
“INSPIRE is now a favourite in The Typeface Group office diary, and this year has been no exception. From shortlisting to judge’s visits it has been an inspiring journey that has really highlighted the strength and ambition of new businesses in the region. This year our winner literally could not have done more both in terms of their initial application and preparation for their judges visit. This is a true reflection of the dedication that has gone into the business to date. Sound and detailed business planning, market research and digital strategies all suggest that the future is incredibly bright for Connective Chiropractic”
Polly Buckland, Director of Typeface – Sponsor of the New Business of the Year Award
Sixth Sense Marketing
|Business and the Community Award|
|Winner: Basingstoke Sports Trust
Sponsored by: Gazette Newspapers
|Basingstoke Sports Trust not only operate an impressive sports facilities but drive an equally impressive programme of community projects to promote healthy lifestyle, working with health professionals on rehabilitation and illness and injury prevention. Their innovative services are making sport and healthy living regimes accessible to all.
Accelerate Driver Training Solutions
|Family Business of the Year|
|Winner: L. Hunt and Sons
Sponsored by: Brackenwood Windows
‘Brackenwood are delighted to sponsor the family business of the year award, as a family run business ourselves; we understand the complexity of managing family relations and building a successful business. L Hunt & Sons is a truly inspiring business, the family values and ethos were very apparent in all rounds of the judging process. To be able to succeed through 5 generations is a credit to their family name and it is an honour for Brackenwood to present them the award.’
Sponsor: Amy Medcraft, Brackenwood Windows
Fresh and Clean Services
|Apprentice of the Year|
|Winner: Ashley Mutumbarade – Be Wiser
Sponsored by: The University of Winchester
“The University is delighted to have the opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding young talent in this area by sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year award. The 3 finalists were all outstanding young people and any of them would have been a worthy winner. Ashley’s positive attitude, commitment and enthusiasm shone through. Ashley is an outstanding ambassador for what can be achieved through a degree apprenticeship.”
Tony Curtis, Professor, University of Winchester – Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year Award
Louis Pennington – VIVID
Edwards Bartlett – Grainger
|Young Business Person of the Year|
|Winner: Tommy Gentleman
Sponsored by: Minuteman Press
“Minuteman Press are delighted to be sponsors of the Inspire17 Young Business Person of the Year award, recognising the immense talent of the future North Hampshire business generation. We congratulate Tommy Gentleman, this year’s worthy winner – who has seized opportunities and shown strong business acumen and determination, to build his business up to where it is today.”
Susan Paterson – Minuteman Press – Sponsor of the Young Business Person of the Year Award
Farah Fonseca – Fonseca Fitness
Curtis Meek – Shenton Group
|Service Excellence Award|
|Winner: Petra Jewellery
Sponsored by: Vitacress
“Petra Jewellery Limited is a small family run business that has sustained 38 years of good service and has a real personal touch and is in tune with all their customers’ needs. Often, if an engagement ring is brought, the couple will return for their wedding rings.
We felt Petra just had the edge, with the personal touches; the way the company deals with feedback both good and bad is exceptional. When you go into the shop you can see how well the customers are treated by the staff and all the extras that go with encouraging customers not only to come back but also share the sparkle!”
Chris Hall, Managing Director, Vitacress
Harmony Made to Measure
The Hair & Beauty Studio
|Small Business of the Year|
Sponsored by: Breeze FM
Judges believed that iWaste was making very good business out of a load of rubbish! Their waste management businesses has comprehensive growth plans and investment in a young staff that includes apprentices, they are very deserving winners.
The Packaging Experts
|Entrepreneur of the Year|
|Winner: Steve Whatley
Sponsored by: Haines Watts Chartered Accountants
Steve started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of just 13 and was soon bringing in the biggest wage in the household, he now operates 5 successful financial software businesses as part of the Inchora Group, helping people make informed decisions about their finances.
Nicola Hartland of Xcel Sales
Robert Collard of R. Collard Ltd.
Joseph Munns of BakedIn
|Innovation of the Year Award|
|Winner: Vuepoint Solutions
Sponsored by: Babyliss
“BaByliss, innovators in hair technology, is pleased to announce VuePoint as winner of the 2017 Inspire Business Awards for Innovation. VuePoint, experts in energy procurement, have developed a scalable product to revolutionise the market making wholesale energy more accessible by breaking down historical barriers such as customer size and geography. VuePoint are genuinely leading from the front and bringing the marketplace along with them. Many Congratulations!”
Chris Chessel, Babyliss – Sponsor of the Innovation of the Year Award
|International Business of the Year|
|Winner: Driven International
Sponsored by Fluor
Driven International is a small and relatively new business but which is focussed on international consultancy specialising in designing motorsport events all over the world. The clue is in their name , they are driven to success and international work represents over 505 of their business.
The Packaging Experts
|Employer of the Year|
|Winner: SB Joinery
Sponsored by HR Depart.
SB Joinery have achieved Platinum Investors in People status, an accolade that only 0.5% of organisations achieve, this clearly evidences their ability to engage with and develop staff as a valuable resource. Judges were especially pleased to see this investment in staff in a traditional manufacturing business.
|Business of the Year|
|Winner : SB Joinery Ltd.
Sponsored by Herrington Carmichael
“Herrington Carmichael is very proud to have sponsored the Inspire Business Award for the Business of the Year 2017. Our own successful business continues to grow by learning from others and Inspire has given us opportunities to develop further with like-minded people.
In a closely-fought category, SB Joinery (UK) Ltd epitomised all that is good about a dynamic, successful, local business and, having made impressive progress during 2017, it has fully deserved the accolade of Business of the Year.
Well done to SB Joinery and congratulations to all the finalists at the 2017 Inspire Business Awards.”
Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt