A big thank you to all those businesses that entered, or otherwise supported, this year’s Campden Business Awards.
The awards ceremony was held at the magnificent Cotswold House Hotel last Thursday and from the feedback we have received it seems that everyone who attended had a really enjoyable evening.
This year the awards were sponsored by Concierge Medical and not only were there a record number of people at the presentation ceremony but the awards themselves attracted a record number of entries from local businesses.
The judges noted that the quality of entries easily surpassed previous years, which made selecting winners in all categories extremely difficult, however, after much debate, the judges eventually did choose the following winners;
The Consumer Business of the Year Award, which was sponsored by Robert Welch, was won by Sam Wilson Studio. Presenting the award, Pete Churchill from Robert Welch remarked that this entry had won because they had demonstrated; a strong commitment to UK-based production, passion and inspiration, a contribution to the wider success of Chipping Campden and an extremely impressive growth rate.
The B2B Business of the Year Award, which was sponsored by Campden Business Park, was designed to recognise those companies operating in the area that are often less well-known but nevertheless perform impressively in their own markets. The award was won by Goodflex Rubber Company for their strong commitment to providing local jobs, apprentice development programme, enviable growth performance and ability to achieve distinction in a commodity sector.
The Outstanding Customer Service Award was sponsored by Huxleys and celebrated businesses that consistently demonstrated the ability to go ‘above and beyond’. This was a closely contested category but the winner, Merv Bates Travel Counsellors, showed a commitment to customer service that was truly outstanding.
The Innovation of the Year Award was sponsored by itecopeople and sought to recognise a development within a company that had significantly improved their business performance. Speaking about the winner, Simon Dunscombe of itecopeople said, "the winner of this award has demonstrated; a genuine step change in their business model, cutting edge thinking, a clever exploitation of emerging technologies and through this, the development of new markets for themselves – the winner is
Community Award The fifth award of the evening was not one that was entered like the others – this was awarded by the Campden Business Forum to a community group that, in the opinion of the Forum, has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of those in Chipping Campden and the surrounding area.
This award was sponsored by NFU Mutual, presenting the award was Jonathan Hewitt and Alf Bryant of NFU Mutual and they had the following to say; "the winner of the inaugural Community Group Award is an organisation that was founded nearly 30 years ago. In that period it has helped over a 1000 local families, at a time when they need help most. Through their compassion and care they have touched the lives of many families in this community. They are an organisation that provides home nursing support to the terminally ill and when they started they had only one qualified nurse, now they have 12 full time nurses. They are an organisation that is supported entirely through donations and bequests. Ladies and gentlemen, they are Campden Area Home Nursing".
Student of the Year Awards The final award presented was the Student of the Year Awards which honours the next generation of local entrepreneurs and was sponsored by Fillet & Bone. Fourteen students from Chipping Campden School entered this category and the judges found it impossible to select an outright winner. Presenting the award, Chris Gates, co-founder of Fillet & Bone, explained that the judges eventually narrowed the field down to 5 potential winners and within these outstanding entries two submissions were selected as joint winners, these were; Tom Bolam and Josh Humphriss.
The Forum would like to commend all those who entered the awards this year. The submissions were of an extremely high standard and you made the judges’ job very hard! Of course particular congratulations go to the winners in each category – well done and well deserved.
Finally the Forum would like to thank the sponsors of the awards and the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa for hosting the awards evening – this year’s awards were a success because of your support. Many thanks.