Enterprising Wiltshire Award winners announced

By Anita Jaynes on 31 March, 2014

The Enterprising Wiltshire Award winners 2014 were announced on Friday 21 March at a gala awards ceremony hosted at Bowood House & Hotel in Calne.

The awards are backed by Wiltshire Business Support Services, provided by Wessex Chambers and funded by Wiltshire Council.

John Williams Heating Services were crowned ‘Enterprising Wiltshire Business of the Year’, a family-run business which celebrates its tenth anniversary this month.

Husband and wife team John and Debbie Williams were overwhelmed as they picked up both ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Best Small Business’ awards.

The double win earns John Williams Heating Services £2,000 from Wiltshire Council plus access to business networking opportunities and support from the Wiltshire Business Support Service (WBSS).

John Williams Heating Services is based at Bumpers Farm, Chippenham and employs a team of 16. The company provides heating and plumbing services to domestic customers across Wiltshire.

Managing Director John Williams said: “Being named business of the year is the icing on the cake for us. It’s great to have this accolade from our peers.”

Chris Simpson, Senior Business Manager at WBSS, said: “John Williams Heating Services is a very well-deserved winner, which really impressed the judges deeply with their skills and very powerful commitment to giving customers the best possible service. They are a great advertisement for Wiltshire’s business community.

“What’s also rewarding for the team at WBSS is that John Williams was one of the very first companies we worked with after we were formed two years ago.

“The gala award event at Bowood was fantastic. There was a great atmosphere and our award winners and finalists had the opportunity to meet, relax and unwind after the tension of the award ceremony.”

Six other winning businesses were announced including:

Best Start Up – Sponsored by Front Room Marketing & Design and TEN

Is That Sew?  – A Chippenham based tailors

Best Online Business- Sponsored by Wessex Chambers

Travelbee Limited- A Cricklade based travel specialist for weddings

Best Exporter- Sponsored by Monahans

The Training Wing – Maritime security and medical training based in Ludgershall

Best Young Entrepreneur –Sponsored by Tribe Communications

Harry Deeming- A student entrepreneur from Chippenham

Best Manufacturer- Sponsored by SWMAS

Wiltshire Bacon Company- Bacon producer from Trowbridge

Best Independent Retailer- Sponsored by MoneyCorp

Number Sixty – A community based hair salon in Sailsbury

Winner of the start-up category, Is That Sew?, is also eligible for six months’ free desk space worth £1,200 at one of the county’s four new enterprise centres provided by The Enterprise Network (www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk), another Wiltshire Council initiative.

Over 150 Wiltshire businesses entered the Enterprising Wiltshire Awards 2014. Award entries were judged by: Rob Perks, CEO of  Wessex Chambers; Debbie Skellern from Wiltshire Council’s Economy & Regeneration directorate; Claire Alexander from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Lesley Wood, director, Front Room Marketing & Design, and Adrian Chase, Federation of Small Businesses’ North & West Wiltshire Branch Chair (Somerset & Wiltshire Region).