The coveted Inspire Business Awards took place at Hampshire Court Hotel with a spectacular awards ceremony attended by over 500 business people from across north Hampshire, winners were announced celebrating the very best of north Hampshire’s business success in 2018.

The annual awards programme, which is organised by Destination Basingstoke on behalf of sponsoring partners, received a record breaking number of entries over the summer, which were then shortlisted and the finalists visited by the judging panel during September and October heightening the anticipation for the announcements made at the November ceremony. Winners and finalists came from all parts of north Hampshire from Andover to Aldershot and everywhere in between with the coveted ‘Business of the Year’ Award going to DCSL Software in Farnborough.

Herrington Carmichael Sponsor of the Business of the Year Category and Member of the judging panel said “We were delighted to make DCSL our winners for the Inspire 2018 ‘Business of the year’ award. DCSL have clear and strong plans for growth, superb ideas, great products and the promise of a bright future. It is great to see a local business with such efficiency and with an eye on developing talent to create a sustainable future.”

The evening was compered by Felicity Edwards, Managing Director of Destination Basingstoke with Tommy Gentleman owner of Reasons Fitness. Felicity Edwards commented: “It has been a fantastic celebration of our business community and demonstrates very clearly that North Hampshire is a great place for business to thrive. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.

The Inspire Business Award are managed and organised by Destination Basingstoke on behalf partners across north Hampshire, more details are available at or follow @InspireAwards.


INSPIRE Business Awards 2018 Winners

New Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by: B2B Expos 

Winner:  Cahn Property Solutions Runners Up: Funk & Twist Fitness  & Wedition

Business and the Community Award – Sponsored by: Gazette Newspapers

Winner: Clarke & Son  Runners Up: Sovereign Housing,  Unum & Classic Race Simulators

Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by: Brackenwood Windows

Winners: Woodland and Hill Brown Runners Up: Rawlings Transport & Planned Lighting Maintenance

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by: The University of Winchester 

Winner: Calan Kenward – LG Motion  Runners Up: Lewis Hall – Pharmahouse  &  Emily Buckley – Rural Fringe

Young Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by: Minuteman Press

Winner: Matthew Larcome  Runners Up: Farah Fonseca & Jade Binsted

Service Excellence Award – Sponsored by: Vitacress

Winner: Hair Beauty and Barber Studio Runners Up:  ACC UK & Reality HR

Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by: Breeze FM

Winner: Pharmahouse  Runners Up: Festival Street Kitchen & Webkick

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by: Inchora 

Winner:  Joanna Jensen – Childs Farm  Runners Up: Nick Thompson – DCSL Software & Neil Rider –Serious Sport

Innovation of the Year Award – Sponsored by: Festival Place 

Winner: Razorsecure  Runners Up: Loma Systems & Basingstoke College of Technology

International Business of the Year – Sponsored by Fluor  

Winner: Driven International  Runners Up: Juniper Research & Exclaimer

Employer of the Year –  Sponsored by HR Dept.

Winner: Tempcover Runners Up: Hawk-Eye Innovations & Jargon PR

Female Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Willmot Dixon 

Winner: Leah Mathias Collins – Vitacress Runners Up: Sally Ann Hall Jones – Reality HR & Sophie Cranston – Libelula

Business of the Year – Sponsored by Herrington Carmichael

Winner: DCSL Software  Runners Up: Jargon PR & Childs Farm

For more information please contact Felicity Edwards 07921765354 or Kathryn Nield 01256 461167 at Destination Basingstoke.

Dates of Note

ENTRIES OPEN 11th May ENTRIES CLOSE 14th September AWARDS CEREMONY: 22nd November  

Celebrating Business in North Hampshire

A Destination Basingstoke Ltd Event  

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