Nominations open for Leamington Business Awards 2019

NOMINATIONS have opened for the sixth Leamington Business Awards which is set to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

The Awards are for the first time being organised by the Leamington Business Forum.

Leamington Business Awards 2019
Handing over: HB&O Managing Director Mark Ashfield and Jonathan Smith from the Leamington Business Forum.

Jonathan Smith of the Leamington Business Forum – a former awards judge – takes over from the previous organisers Chartered Accountants and Financial Advisors Harrison Beale & Owen who last year opened it up to include new categories as well as businesses and charities in a wider area. The South Warwickshire Achievement Award, sponsored by Tara&Co, and the Warwick District Charity of the Year Award are designed to showcase inspirational businesses and charities who have a strong connection to Leamington but fall outside the traditional postcode boundary for the awards.

Set up in 2014, the Awards champion and celebrate the work of local businesses, individuals and organisations while also raising vital funds for local charities, culminating with a glittering black-tie ceremony on November 15th.

Returning to its previous home, this year’s ceremony will take place at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms which has recently been acquired by Just Inspire Events. And it will be presided over by Master of Ceremonies, Dave Sharpe.

Businesses have the opportunity to enter 12 categories: New Business of the Year; Business and Community Award; Customers Service Excellence Award; Young Person of the Year Award, Employer of the Year; South Warwickshire Achievement of the Year; Innovation of the Year; Outstanding Achievement of the Year; Independent Business of the Year; Property Business of the Year, Warwick District Charity of the Year and The People’s Choice Award.

A winner from all the categories will also be selected for the prestigious Judges’ Choice Award – Business of the Year.

Jonathan Smith said: “The Leamington Business Awards is specifically designed to suit businesses of all sizes and stages. The broad range of categories means there is something to suit everyone, including specific awards for non-profit making organisations and new start-ups.

“For the first time last year, organisations outside Leamington had the chance to enter the South Warwickshire Achievement Awards and this year we have also introduced the Warwick District Charity of the Year Award and the Property business of the Year Award while the Young Person of the Year Award was open to 16-26-year-olds.”

Last year’s Business Awards ceremony.

The judging panel is made up of leading Leamington business experts: Roger Scott of Lloyds Bank; Sarah Windrum from IT Consultancy Emerald Group; Louise Richards from touring dance circus company Motionhouse; and Mark Ashfield, Managing Director of HB&O – and former awards organiser.

Mr Ashfield said: “We are extremely proud of our involvement with the Leamington Business Awards, from winning the professional services category four years ago, to organising the event on behalf of the town in recent years.

“As a local business ourselves, we have experienced how the event can act as a catalyst in building strong professional relationships throughout the town as well as offering a platform for smaller businesses to thrive. We are excited to see how the event grows under Jonathan’s management and wish him and the event every success.”

The Awards are also being supported by Business & Innovation Magazine and further sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Jonathan Smith at: or

Further details about the awards categories and how to nominate are available at:

To nominate a business visit: Nominations close on Friday, August 9th after which a shortlist of four finalists for each category will be announced. Finalists will be contacted by email and via the website and social media.


New Business of the Year (Sponsored by Lodders Solicitors)

This award will go to a new business that has been established on or after 30th March 2017. A business that is increasing its potential, the Judges will be interested in innovative products, services and processes. The judges would like to know more about the ‘personality’ of the business and the qualities which make the business successful.

Business and Community Award (Sponsored by Royal Priors Shopping Centre)

Open to businesses that, in addition to their commercial activities, go the extra mile to create a positive impact within their local community. Judges will be looking for evidence of contribution to the community, staff engagement and awareness of community issues, commitment to ongoing community or charitable activities for non-commercial gain.

Customer Service Excellence Award (Sponsored by The Box Factory)

This category is open to any business that can demonstrate excellence in customer service. Judges will be looking for evidence of how you embed a culture of customer service across its organisation, training, how it seeks and act on feedback from customers and any strategies in place to ensure it provides the highest level of customer care.

Young person of the Year (Sponsored by IAPS)

This award recognises the young person who has achieved the most over the past year, whether that’s at school, at work or through another project or charity initiative. We’re looking for young people who are an inspiration to those around them, whether that’s through creativity, achievement or entrepreneurial spirit. Entrants must be aged between 16 and 26 on 30th March 2019. The winner of this category will receive a cash prize on the night.

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Bravissimo)

This company’s staff are its greatest asset. We want to hear from businesses which are going above and beyond to offer a positive working environment for employees. Judges will be looking for examples of career progression, equality of opportunity, commitment to training and development of a positive working culture.

South Warwickshire Achievement of the Year (Sponsored by Tara&Co)

In recognition of the number of companies neighbouring Leamington that contribute to the town, this award recognises organisations based in South Warwickshire that contribute to Leamington. Judges will be looking for evidence of achievements during 2018/19 such as growth, innovation, community support, and customer service.

Innovation of the Year (Sponsored by Withers and Rogers)

This is open to any business which has developed an innovative product, process or service. From advances in technology, manufacturing and science to creating a winning new recipe or a revolutionary new business service, this award is about recognising those businesses which are pushing the boundaries and finding creative ways to improve their business and customer service.

Outstanding Achievement of the Year (Sponsored by The Kingsley School)

This award aims to recognise a person/persons that have shown outstanding dedication and achievement within business, organisation or community. This award is open to individuals and/or teams working possibly within a company whom often go unrecognised but who have made a significant impact within the organisation they work, going beyond their job requirements.

Independent Business of the Year (Sponsored by HB&O)

This award will go to the independent business from Leamington Spa that can demonstrate first-class customer service and innovative products and services, whatever industry they are in. The judges will be looking for evidence of the uniqueness and the ‘personality’ of the business; the qualities which make the business successful and how they serve and delight their customers.

Property Business of the Year (Sponsored by Bellagio Stone)

This award recognises a business or organisation in the property sector that has made an outstanding achievement over the past year in their field of expertise. It includes property developers, renovators and builders as well as service providers, such as estate agents, letting agents, architects, surveyors, planning specialists and other property-related businesses.

Warwick District Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Aubrey Allen)

This award is designed to celebrate the excellent work done by charities, social enterprises and other non-profit making organisations from across the wider Warwick District.

People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by The Leamington Courier)

Voted for by the readers of the Courier and online via the Leamington Business Awards website, as a business that simply stands out for great personal service and customer satisfaction and has brought something special to the town.

Business of the Year – Judges’ Choice (Sponsored by tbc)

A Judges’ Choice award given to the business they feel stands out as an inspiration to other local and national businesses. The winner of this award will be selected from the finalists in the other categories.

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