And the 2019 Leamington Business Award winners are. . .

And the 2019 Leamington Business Award winners are. . .

AN evening of celebration also raised £4,500 for local charities at The Leamington Business Awards.

The 2019 awards, organised for the first time by Leamington Business Forum, shone a spotlight on some of the district’s entrepreneurial success stories.

Established in 2014, the Awards champion and celebrate the work of local businesses, individuals and organisations while also raising vital funds for local charities.

Now in its sixth year, the black-tie ceremony was held at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms and presided over by Master of Ceremonies, Dave Sharpe. More than 180 guests were treated to a three-course dinner and drinks, with entertainment and a charity raffle, as well as the awards presentation.

Leamington business Awards 2019, Leamington Business Forum
Photo by Sally Evans Photography.

Commercial property company AC Lloyd scooped Business of the Year as well as Property Business of the Year at the glittering ceremony on Friday night.

For the first time, the Leamington Business Awards included two new categories, the Warwick District Charity Award won by P3 and The Warwickshire Achievement Awards, won by Springfield Mind and Leamington Art in the Park Festival.

The People’s Choice Award winner, sponsored by The Leamington Courier, was revealed as Temperance, a vintage shop, art gallery, cafe, live music venue, art cinema and performance space.

A special surprise award of the night went to Marianne and Archie Pitts. The Leamington Legend Award was introduced by BID Leamington to recognise and express gratitude for the special contribution that people make to Leamington over many years. The award was created in memory of Gerry McManus – the former manager of Royal Priors Shopping Centre and founding board member of BID Leamington — who championed the power of teamwork and greatly valued the work of local volunteers who care passionately about the town.

Stephanie Kerr, Executive Director, BID Leamington said “It was our pleasure to present the first Leamington Legend award to Archie and Marianne Pitts whose contribution to Leamington has been immense.

“They care greatly about our town and for many years have championed high profile projects such as the restoration of the Pump Room Gardens and Bandstand, the Linden Arches and the railway station gardens and war memorial, which benefit us all. They are also strong advocates for the town’s heritage, architecture and narrative and have supported and inspired many other volunteers to aim higher with their passion and enthusiasm.”

Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum
Photo by Sally Evans Photography

The Business Awards event was made possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors and local organisations who donated funds, supplies and skills to ensure the continued success of the Leamington Business Awards. Businesses include Bravissimo, IAPS, Lodders, The Royal Priors, Aubrey Allen, The Kingsley School, The Box Factory, Tara & Co, Withers & Rodgers, Harrison Beale & Owen, Bellagio Stone, Prontaprint, ISTEAD and media sponsors Business & Innovation Magazine and The Leamington Courier.

The judging panel was made up of: 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.

Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum
Photo by Sally Evans Photography

The awards this year, crafted and designed by Leamington College students Harvey Farren, Libbi Ancill-Griffiths and Melissa Clayton.

Jonathan Smith, of Leamington Business Forum, said: “I was delighted the event was such a success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and all the winners were well supported on the night.

“The feedback coming back from everyone was that it felt like a real celebration of what’s good about Leamington and the community and the fact that we have included that community element involving the Leamington Legend and People’s Choice and charities awards was appreciated.”

The £4,500 total proceeds from the night will be distributed between the four finalists in the Warwick District Charity of the Year category, winners P3 and Young People First, The Ups of Downs and Leam Trash Friends.

Matt Langsford, founder of Leam Trash Friends said: “This funding is vital to our operations as we rely solely on donations to cover our running costs. The funds will be put to good use to assist with our mission of making the streets of our district cleaner and safer for those who live, work and visit our region.”

David Skoppek, Chief Officer of Young People First, said: “Young People First is deeply appreciative of the Awards. To be highly commended as a charity for our work is more than enough but to then receive the donation is incredible.”

Nicola Enoch, founder of The Ups of Downs said: “We are thrilled to receive a contribution from Friday’s fundraising. As a Leamington based charity we’re always delighted to receive the support of local businesses.”

Plans are already afoot for the 2020 Leamington Business Awards which are being held at on November 13th. Potential sponsors are invited to contact Jonathan Smith at: leamingtonbusinessawards@gmail.com

Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum
Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe and Jonathan Smith of Leamington Business Forum.    Photo by Sally Evans Photography

Leamington Business Awards 2019 winners in full

New Business of the Year (Sponsored by Lodders)

Bluebasil 

This coffee bar and vintage shop opened at the start of May 2018 as a multi-functional shop and coffee bar, situated in the creative end of Old Town. Plans for 2020 include the introduction of a vintage dressing room with expanded clothing range, a small fashion show to launch our vintage wedding dresses and some creative and arty workshops.

Owner Nikki Taylor said: “We are absolutely delighted to win the New Business of The Year award. This means a lot to our whole team who have worked really hard to create a unique and fun environment and bring something extra to Old Town.”

Business and the Community Award – (Sponsored by The Royal Priors)

Wright Hassall LLP 

Alex Robinson, Partner at Wright Hassall, said: “We are honoured to have been recognised for our work within the community and to have won the Business and the Community award. We work with clients across the country but we have been a Leamington firm for over 170 years so we take our role within the local area both as an employer and business very seriously.

“As a firm we have a range of initiatives throughout Leamington and the local area which support charities and businesses, reduce our environmental impact, support events such as the Regency Run and continue to run free monthly legal advice sessions.

“This year has been a particularly busy one for our Corporate Social Responsibility team, supported by the firm as a whole and so to be recognised by our peers in the local area in this way is fantastic.”

Judge Sarah Windrum said: “We were incredibly impressed with the continued commitment Wright Hassall make to their local community and in such a variety of ways. They have a Community Fund where the whole company votes to contribute financially to causes close to their own hearts and they actively encourage their employees to take roles on regional boards and supporting them in that process. It’s crucial businesses are involved at all levels of community and Wright Hassall achieve this so well.”

Customer Excellence Award – (Sponsored by The Box Factory)

Modern Homes 

The longest established kitchen, bathroom and bedroom business in the area has entered its 52nd year and third family generation.

Tina Riley, Managing Director, said: “As a small independent kitchen and bathroom showroom, we have always put customer service at the top of our agenda, and believe this is why we have a loyal local client base that has supported us through our 51 year history, but to have this award just recognises we have achieved this!”

“The evening was superb and it was brilliant to be part of such a vibrant supportive business community that we are so lucky to have in Leamington Spa!”

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

P3 Charity 

The P3 Warwickshire team forms part of a national charity, offering a diverse range of housing-related support for adults over 25. Operating out of hubs in Leamington, Stratford, Rugby and Nuneaton, street outreach workers identify and, offer support to, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by engaging them with the relevant services.

Esther Barrett, Head of Support and Community Services, said: “P3 are delighted to have been recognised for their persistent and passionate support with people who find themselves on the streets in Warwick District. P3 will continue to work alongside those most vulnerable throughout Warwickshire and we really appreciate the support of local communities and businesses. The funding we also received will really assist our staff to support people further.”

Young Person of the Year (Sponsored by IAPS)

Aaron Watkinson

Aaron Watkinson, 25, from Wolston, is a dancer and education lead at touring dance circus company Motionhouse.

Aaron said of his award: “I couldn’t be more thrilled. It means so much to me that others think I’m making such a positive impact on the young people I work with – I love working with them. My dance teachers inspired me when I was younger, and I want to do the same for the young people I work with.”

Jane Bailey, Communications and Development Director of Motionhouse, who nominated Aaron for the award, said: “Aaron does some brilliant work with children and young people – he’s a true inspiration to the people he teaches, taking them on a life-affirming journey, which is why he thoroughly deserves the award.”

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Bravissimo)

Playground Games 

This BAFTA Award-winning, AAA video game developer and Xbox Games Studio based in Leamington was stablished in 2010 and their latest release is the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon franchise with Forza Horizon 4, ranking as the highest rated Xbox exclusive of this generation.

Gavin Raeburn, Studio Director, said: “We’re proud to call Leamington Spa our home and so we’re delighted to be recognised at our local awards. This year we’ve expanded to two facilities in Leamington town centre, employing more than 200 staff, and we look forward to many more years of growth and success here.”

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

Springfield Mind 

Established in South Warwickshire 35 years ago, this grant and local authority-funded charity/Limited Company, helps people who are suffering from mental distress. They work with clients individually or in a group setting with much of the focus on early intervention.

Carol Roberts, Policy Officer for Springfield Mind, said: “Springfield Mind provides peer support and drop in at Southborough Terrace, Leamington and Cygnet Court in Stratford-upon-Avon on weekly basis, we have a secret garden in Northumberland Terrace in Leamington and at garden therapy at Lifeways in Stratford town.

“We also deliver Mental Health First Aid and Wellbeing training for local businesses to reduce stigma and promote a positive message around mental wellbeing.

“It was an honour to accept this award in my role as Chair of Trustees for Springfield Mind along with Trustee Ian Carson.”

Innovation of the Year (Sponsored by Withers and Rogers)

3S Knowledge Ltd 

3SK is a consultancy, at Warwick Technology Park, which specialises in developing processes and technology designs for complex products like electric cars, trains etc.

Giresh Krishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Engineer, said: “We attended the awards night with no expectations. When our name was announced we were shocked and equally exited. This was a thrilling moment for us as we started our company a year ago and to win this prestigious award was a real heart-warming moment for us and our families.”

Judge Sarah Windrum said: “Infrastructure and engineering are the bedrock of innovation which is why we chose 3S for Innovation of the Year award. Their list of patents was so impressive clearly demonstrating how important it is to protect and commercialise global innovation for an individual business but also for our town. It’s great to see companies like 3S continue to keep Leamington on the world stage for new ideas and innovation.”

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

Leamington Art in the Park Festival 

Art in the Park was conceived in August 2014 when Mo Finessey from the Leamington Studio Artists and Carole Sleight along with a lot of friends, family and volunteers welcomed 50 artists and 5,000 visitors to Jephson Gardens. Since then the festival has grown in diversity of artists, music, performers, community outreach and engagement. In 2018 they proudly became the largest free arts festival in Warwickshire.

Judge Mark Ashfield said: “This event goes from strength to strength. The festival showcases the diversity of the talent in the local area and the organisers devote a significant amount of time in delivering such a fantastic event.”

Independent Business of the Year (Sponsored by HB&0)

Lockwoods Ski and Outdoor 

This independent family business specialises in the sale and fitting of walking boots, ski boots and all outdoor activity clothing and accessories. The family-run business is now in its 43rd year still operating from the same premises in Milverton.

Manager Hayley Key said: . “This is thanks to our customers who continue to value our family ethos and knowledgeable staff. At this challenging time for retail, and as we move into our third generation of family management, this award is a tribute to the work of my aunt and father, and our amazing team, many of whom have been with us for several decades. We look forward to the decades more to come and of course to the ski season ahead!”

Property Business of the Year (Sponsored by Bellagio Stone)

A C Lloyd 

AC Lloyd has been building and developing in the region for more than seven decades and many of the successful commercial schemes across the area have been developed by the group, which currently employs 30 staff.

Business of the Year

A C Lloyd

Mark Edwards, Managing Director of AC Lloyd, said: “We were all thrilled to win the Property Business of the Year, but to then land the overall award was fantastic. It was a great night and underlined the array of superb businesses we have in and around Leamington.

“We work across the country but very much regard ourselves as a Leamington firm. It gives us great pride to see that many of our developments have become home to some the area’s most successful companies – companies who employ local people, create jobs and bring investment. Many of those people also live in AC Lloyd homes helping to create successful communities across the area.

“We – like many of the nominated companies – firmly believe in contributing to our community which is one of the reasons that Leamington is such a great place to work and live. We have a very dedicated team throughout AC Lloyd and they are a major reason we continue to thrive.”

People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by Leamington Courier)

Temperance 

Owner Adrian Gains said: “Temperance only opened last year so to win this award is beyond our wildest dreams. We were overwhelmed by the number of our customers that nominated us and that makes it extra special.   It was the award we most wanted most to win.”

Leamington Legend Award

Marianne and Archie Pitts

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the Charity finalists Pt 2

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the Charity finalists Pt 2

AS we count down towards the Leamington Business Awards ceremony on November 15th, here we spotlight the second of four local charities that have been selected as finalists in the Warwick & District Charity of the Year category. . .

P3

AGAINST the backdrop of the rising epidemic in homelessness, there is a team of dedicated people working hard to offer a vital lifeline.

The P3 Warwickshire team forms part of a national charity, offering a diverse range of housing-related support for adults over 25.

Operating out of hubs in Leamington, Stratford, Rugby and Nuneaton, street outreach workers identify, and offer support to, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by engaging them with the relevant services.

P3, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum

Nicholas Russell, Service Coordinator for Street Outreach in Warwickshire, said: “Every week we go out on a Friday at 5am and do welfare checks among the homeless community, seeing how they are and seeing what their support needs are and start that process of engaging them with that support.

“They often come with complex backgrounds such as mental health or substance abuse issues and it can at times be very challenging and we are faced with some difficult circumstances.”

P3 is named after the charity’s three core values – People, Potential and Possibilities, delivering services to improve the lives of socially excluded and vulnerable people. Launched three years ago, the Warwickshire branch of the charity is funded by the County Council.

P3, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum, Nicholas Russell
Nicholas Russell

Nicholas added: “Our model of support offers a person-led approach to assist people who do not find it easy to engage with services to overcome significant personal challenges and lead more fulfilling lives. We build trust and rapport with people over time.

“Our model of support helps us identify people who are the most vulnerable and reach out to them; our mission is to demonstrate we do care about their welfare and our belief is that everyone should have somewhere safe to live.”

The charity is one of four finalists in what is, this year, a new category for the Leamington Business Awards.

It is up against Leam Trash Friends (https://www.facebook.com/leamtrashfriends); Young People First (www.youngpeoplefirst.org.uk) and The Ups of Downs (https://upsofdowns.co.uk) – charities which will also benefit from proceeds from the awards ceremony. It is being held on November 15th, at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington and presided over by Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe.

Reacting to being named as a finalist, Nicholas said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised. The team work tirelessly to break the cycle of homelessness, delivering significant, positive change.”

Details of how to volunteer or make financial and clothing donations, can be found at: www.p3charity.org/support-us/support-us or at any of their hubs across the county.

A winner will also go on to be selected from across all the awards categories for the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award – Business of the Year.

Nominations for The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by The Leamington Courier, are still invited until November 1st. Visit: www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-a-business

Read all about Leam Trash Friends here

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the charity finalists: Pt 1

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the charity finalists: Pt 1

AS we count down towards the Leamington Business Awards ceremony on November 15th, here we spotlight the first of four local charities that have been selected as finalists in the Warwick & District Charity of the Year category. . .

Leam Trash Friends

It has been just under a year since Leam Trash Friends was established by 27-year-old Matt Langsford.

In that time the Leamington-based charity, which works to remove litter, excess overgrowth and tackle fly-tipping in the community, has seen its volunteer ranks grow to more than 100 people, aged between seven and 83 years old.

Leam Trash Friends, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum

The team runs fortnightly street clearance activities and has also won praise for its weekly ‘needle patrol,’ ridding the streets of more than 700 discarded drugs needles every month.

Matt said: “I started Leam Trash Friends after realising that the problem of street litter across the area is widespread and the response from the authorities was somewhat disappointing.

“It became obvious early on that the only way to change the situation was to go out and do the job myself. Quickly, through our social media channels more and more people and organisations have come forward to join our collections or support us with The Co-op on Clemens Street being one of our most significant continuing corporate supporters to date. I am simply overwhelmed – and continue to be – by the generosity from the local community in supporting our cause and works.

Leam Trash Friends, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum
Founder, Matt Langsford.

He added: “Knowing how many people have been protected by the thousands of used drug needles we have removed and the copious tonnes of street litter collected protecting wildlife makes all the challenges we face, such as grime and rather disgusting smells, worthwhile.

The charity is now planning to expand its patch to the Radford Semele, Cubbington and Stoneleigh areas, and is one of four finalists in what is, this year, a new category for the Leamington Business Awards.

It is up against P3 (www.p3charity.org/services/warwickshire-floating-support); Young People First (www.youngpeoplefirst.org.uk) and The Ups of Downs (https://upsofdowns.co.uk) – charities which will also benefit from proceeds from the awards ceremony. It is being held on November 15th, at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington and presided over by Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe.

Reacting to being named as a finalist, Matt said: “Learning that we have been shortlisted as a finalist is truly amazing but we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the wonderful help and support of my volunteers, who deal with human faeces and other challenging situations regularly. But thanks also to the wider community who have donated or supported us along our journey so far – and we invite you to join us on our journey for 2020.”

Leam Trash Friends always welcomes donations which can be made, via Paypal, to: leamrubbishfriends@gmail.com or via: www.gofundme.com/f/street-clearance

Leam Trash Friends, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum

A winner from all the awards categories will also go on to be selected for the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award – Business of the Year.

Nominations for The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by The Leamington Courier, are still invited until November 1st. Visit: www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-a-business

The main media partner of the awards is Business & Innovation Magazine.

The finalists for 2019 Leamington Business Awards are. . .

The finalists for 2019 Leamington Business Awards are. . .

FINALISTS in the 2019 Leamington Business Awards have been announced.

A judging panel of leading Leamington business experts have shortlisted 38 finalists from a record number of nominations, including in two new categories for this year The Warwickshire Achievement Awards and Warwick District Charity Award.

Established in 2014, the Awards champion and celebrate the work of local businesses, individuals and organisations while also raising vital funds for local charities.

The judging panel is made up of: 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.

The winners gathered on stage at last year’s Business Awards.

The Awards, supported by media partner Business & Innovation Magazine, are this year headed up by Jonathan Smith of the Leamington Business Forum.

Jonathan said: “This year we saw more applicants than ever before. Judges particularly commented on the quality of the submissions. People seemed to take it even more seriously this year and put in a lot of effort.

“There were some very hard decisions that had to be made but the toughest ones were in the New Business and Independent Business categories.”

Jonathan Smith.

He added: “There were some very impressive entries in the Young Person of the Year category, inspiring youngsters who are working really hard and making an impact in their community.”

Returning to its previous home, this year’s glittering black tie awards ceremony on November 15th, will take place at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms and presided over by Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe.

A winner from all the categories will also go on to be selected for the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award – Business of the Year.

Nominations for The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by The Leamington Courier, are still invited until November 1st. Visit: www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-a-business

 

Finalists

New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Lodders

Bluebasil  www.bluebasil.co.uk

Appoly  www.appoly.co.uk

Reyousable  https://reyousable.eco

Tutor In A Box  https://tutorinabox.co.uk

 

Business and Community Award – Sponsored by The Royal Priors

Aubrey Allen  https://aubreyallen.co.uk

A C Lloyd  http://aclloyd.com/

Wright Hassall  https://www.wrighthassall.co.uk

 

Customer Excellence Award – Sponsored by The Box Factory

Modern Homes  www.modernhomesleamington.co.uk

Leamington Therapy  www.leamingtontherapy.co.uk

Feeding Untied  www.feeding-untied.co.uk

Aubrey Allen  https://aubreyallen.co.uk

 

Warwick District Charity of the Year – Sponsored by Aubrey Allen

Leam Trash Friends www.facebook.com/leamtrashfriends

Young people First  www.youngpeoplefirst.org.uk

P3 Charity  www.p3charity.org/services/warwickshire-floating-support

Ups and Downs  https://upsofdowns.co.uk

 

Young Person of the Year – Sponsored by IAPS

Adam Lavender of Ubisoft www.ubisoft.com/en-US/studio/leamington.aspx

Philip Snell of Warwick Street Kitchen  www.warwickstreetkitchen.com

Francesca Robson and Nicole De Barra of Way Ahead Project  www.facebook.com/wayaheadproject

Aaron Watkinson of Motionhouse  www.motionhouse.co.uk

 

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Bravissimo

Playground Games  www.playground-games.com

Hair Management  www.hairmanagement.co.uk

SPACE 2  www.space-2.com/index.html

 

South Warwickshire Achievement of the Year – Sponsored by Tara & Co

ECOFiX Group  www.hybridandevcentre.co.uk

Springfield MIND  https://springfieldmind.org.uk

Astrum Commercial Cleaning  https://astrumcommercialcleaning.co.uk

 

Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Withers and Rogers

Temperance  www.temperance.bar

Genba Digital  https://genbadigital.com

3S Knowledge Limited  www.3sk.co.uk

 

Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Sponsored by Kingsley School

Leamington Art in the Park   www.artinpark.co.uk

TEDx   tedxleamingtonspa.com

Leamington Peace Festival  http://peacefestival.org.uk

 

Independent Business of the Year – Sponsored by HB&O

Temperance  www.temperance.bar

The Drawing Board  http://thedrawingboard.pub

Lockwoods Ski and Outdoor  https://lockwoods.com

Unleashed Cycles  http://unleashedcycles.co.uk

 

Property Business of the Year – Bellagio Stone

Symonds & Newey Ltd.  http://veli.xreflow.co.uk/webs/san

A C Lloyd    http://aclloyd.com

Tara & Co   www.taraandco.com

Nominations open for Leamington Business Awards 2019

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: leamingtonbusinessawards@gmail.com or Jon@LeamingtonBusinessForum.co.uk

Further details about the awards categories and how to nominate are available at: www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk

To nominate a business visit: https://www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-a-business 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.

CATEGORIES:

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.