Businesses and individuals from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire were celebrated at the two counties’ biggest business Awards ceremony, the Chamber Business Awards, held on Thursday 9 June at the University of Worcester Arena.
With over 500 attendees, including local businesses, sponsors and MPs, the Awards ceremony was a spectacular event celebrating the success, innovation and hard work of businesses in the two counties. Hosted by Elliott Webb from BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio and sponsored by Sanlam, attendees enjoyed a prestigious drinks reception sponsored by EBC Group and an excellent three course meal.
One major highlight of the evening was listening to the keynote speaker Colin Jackson, Olympic Silver Medallist and World Record Holder. Colin was interviewed by Giles Cross, Head of Marketing & Public Relations at Sanlam. He captivated and entertained the audience by speaking about Go Dad Run, the Olympics and the highlights of his career so far.
The evening then moved on to the anticipated Awards ceremony, where winners were invited on to the stage and presented with their Awards by the category sponsor. The winners were as follows:
Exporter of the Year – Waste Spectrum Environmental Ltd
High Growth Business of the Year – drp
Most promising new business – mfg solicitors
Entrepreneur of the Year – Nigel Smith from Moongazing Hare Ltd/ The Fleece Inn/ The Cardinal’s Hat
Excellence in Customer Service – Print Strategy Europe
Small Business of the Year – Bee Lighting Ltd
Education and Business Partnership – Royal Grammar School Worcester
Manufacturer of the Year – Morgan Motor Company
Best use of Technology Award – Gemporia Ltd
Commitment to People Development Award – Vision Labs Ltd
Excellence in Innovation Awards – Kingspan Insulation
Outstanding Contribution to Business – Cecil Duckworth
Business of the Year – Kingspan Insulation
Mike Ashton, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “What a brilliant evening celebrating the quality of businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. A special congratulations to Kingspan Insulation, this year’s overall Business of the Year”.
Four charities were supported on the night through charity games and a photo booth courtesy of F8 Creates. £4000 was raised by the event’s attendees which will be split equally between the charities: #jsyoucandoit, Go Dad Run, Megan Baker House and The Prince’s Trust.
For more information on the Chamber business awards, visit the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce website.
Pictured: Kingspan Insulation pick up their ‘Business of the Year’ award