Another shared evening of success in our local business community
The business community of Chipping Campden provided us with yet another year of varied and inspiring entries at our eighth annual business awards. The student entries from Chipping Campden School were impressive and always manage to wow the audience leaving everyone feeing confident in the future of local business.
On Thursday 28th November we saw a full house again at the Cotswold House Hotel who, as our event sponsor provided the venue, which was perfectly laid out to create an award winning atmosphere worthy of our winners right down to the music and dramatic lighting.
The 2019 awards were sponsored by Concierge Medical for the third year, Dr Simon Gillson explains why they wanted to headline sponsor the awards;
"A number of our members are business owners in and around Chipping Campden and we know just how hard they work and the sacrifices they make. We are proud to be involved in sponsoring the awards to recognise the efforts of all local businesses and to celebrate their achievements."
The judges noted that the quality of entries were of a really high standard and from such a diverse range of businesses, which made selecting winners in all categories extremely difficult. Here are this year's winners:
The Consumer Business of the Year Award, sponsored by NFU Mutual, was won by PHX Security Ltd. This year’s winners have grown in both size and reach, now employing 10 people and covering 4 counties. They provide a range of services including key holding, alarm response, mobile patrols and static guarding. They also do work for the West Mercia police.
The B2B Business of the Year Award, sponsored by the Weston Industrial Estate, was won by PHX Security Ltd. This award was designed to recognise those who can demonstrate an understanding of their market, successful delivery of their product/service into the market place they operate within and effective leadership.
PHX Security were able to demonstrate their clear analysis, segmentation and understanding of their chosen markets and their different needs and had a proven record of going the extra mile to support businesses suffering from a recent attacks.
The Outstanding Customer Service Award sponsored by Robert Welch, This award is designed to recognise an individual or company that has demonstrated exceptional service by going “above and beyond” to deliver outstanding customer service. This years award went to Merv Bates from Travel Counsellors recognising his flexible and personal service, meeting customers at locations to suit them and doing so for the majority of cases outside normal office hours.
The Developments & Initiatives Award sponsored by itecopeople was won by Campden Home Nursing Charity Shop. Speaking about the winner, Managing Director Simon Dunscombe of itecopeople explains about their innovation to create a new High Street outlet, which is supplied by local residents with their bags of charity donations which are sold on to many types, from tourists visiting from across the world to local residents. Sales have exceeded budget three-fold and they are currently taking twice the national average for a charity shop. They have sold to date 27,479 items.
The International Award, a new category for this year was sponsored by Campden BRI and won by ATM Safety and Environment. This Award is designed to highlight the international reach of many of the enterprises in and around Campden. It recognises those businesses that have developed or enhanced their overseas business. Despite being new, this award attracted some of the richest entries. ATM Safety and Environment is a business that operates throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It works with individuals and corporate clients. The business has grown significantly with 60% of sales now coming from overseas.
The sixth award of the evening was our Commmunity Award, sponsored by Chipping Campden School and awarded by the Campden Business Forum to a community group that has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of those in Chipping Campden and the surrounding area.
Presenting the award to our winner The Cotswold Olimpick Games Committee was the Mayor of Chipping Campden Michael Allchin. This years winner was chosen due to their determination and persistence to keep the games going, building a new committee mostly from scratch, organising a well-run and safe event, restoring the unique and commercially viable ‘shin kicking’ event, proof of sustainability in year two and building community spirit.
The final awards of the evening were our student awards, sponsored by Fillet & Bone, and organised in partnership with Chipping Campden School.
These awards have a special significance to us at The Forum, in the hope they help break some of the negative stereotyping of business and inculcate in these students and beyond a sense of the fun and wonderment that is part of running a successful organisation. We, the judges, have seen many skills, including selling, marketing, branding, cash management, people management, and sheer hard work. We have also detected personal growth as the students went on their journeys. A powerful theme was caring for the environment. Our Young Student and Student of the Year was Sofia Consolante and Senior Student of the Year winner Angus Grelak.
James Slattery, the business studies teacher responsible for working with these talented students is without doubt one of those teachers we would have all wished for at school – bounding with endless enthusiasm, positivity, encouragement and dedicated to ensuring his students reach their full potential!
The Forum would like to commend all those who entered the 2019 awards and our congratulations go to the winners in each category – well done and well deserved as one of our attendees commented on leaving the awards
“What an amazing evening, I wish we could capture the atmosphere in the room and bottle it so everyone could feel what its like to be here”
Finally the Forum would like to thank all of the sponsors, Merv bates of Travel Counsellors who generously supported the evenings refreshments, Revolution Events and the Cotswold House Hotel for hosting the awards evening – this year’s awards were a success because of your support. Many thanks.
Contact: Samantha Thwaites 07710530104 for more information.
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