Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 finalists


The Test Valley Business Awards’ 2017 finalists are announced. With only a matter of weeks to go until the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 14th September, we’d like to introduce to you this year’s shortlisted business. More than 170 entries were received from across Test Valley, from businesses large and small. This year’s Awards are the biggest yet – surpassing previous record highs since TVBA began in 2004. This year’s judges, who are also the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors, have spoken to and visited some of the most innovative and inspiring businesses operating within Test Valley since May.

The judges have grappled with the very difficult task of selecting just 18 outstanding businesses as this year’s finalists. Commiserations and thanks for entering go to those not selected this year.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2017 finalists are:

Doing Business Locally Award
Sponsored by Taylored IT
• Braishfield Pantry Community
Shop & Café
• The White Hart, Andover
• La Di Da Interiors

Apprentice Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Andover College
• Preformed Line Products (GB) Ltd
• Test Valley Borough Council
• UCPS Learning Ltd
Innovation & Technology Award
Sponsored by University of Southampton Science Park
• CoolLED Ltd.
• Circuitworx
• 270 Vision Ltd.

New Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council
• UCPS Learning Ltd.
• Wathen Marine Catering
Equipment Services Ltd
• Rosebourne

Small Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy
• Orchid Furniture Ltd.
• UCPS Learning Ltd.
• Active Staff Ltd.

The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business
Sponsored by Phoenix Transconnect
• Minerva Health & Care
Communications Ltd
• The Queen Charlotte Inn
• Oaktree Business Management

Lucy Dixon of Wilkins Kennedy comments of this year’s finalists: “The standard of entries this year was very high and it has made the judging process and shortlisting even more interesting. It is great to see local businesses achievements celebrated – particularly in the face of economic and political uncertainty. Therefore it is more important than ever to bring the business community together to recognise how they make a difference to the people around them. I have met a number of inspirational people during the judging process and I wish all the entrants the very best for the future and good luck to the shortlisted entries for the gala award ceremony.”

Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers, who themselves run small businesses, and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote business excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight.

Tickets for this year’s Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, held at the Museum of Army Flying on 14th September, are now available for £50 each to include welcome drink and sumptuous 3 course meal prepared by Michelin award-winning chefs, McCrimmon & Reid.

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