The fourth Enterprising Wiltshire Awards took place on Friday March 18 at Bowood House, Calne. Sponsored by Wiltshire Council and hosted by Inspire the award scheme recognises and celebrates the successes of local business and diversity of industries in the county.
SMARTech Energy were the big winners on the night scooping two awards, Green Business of the Year, sponsored by Giant Peach and Business of the Year 2016, sponsored by Wiltshire Council. SMARTech is an energy management and reduction specialist working with businesses locally helping to reduce their energy bills. Founded by Stuart Pearce 22 months ago, the firm has identified thousands of pounds worth of savings for local companies.
Starting out with just Stuart as an employee, there is now a team of five and they are looking to recruit six more people in the next few months to complement the launch of a new service.
On winning the awards Stuart said: “Wow. What a surprise. I’m thrilled to have been recognised in not one, but two categories. I think the key to our success is that we take a holistic view of energy management and that sets us apart from the competition. We have also established key partnerships that have been instrumental in our growth.”
Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “SMARTech Energy based in Corsham, stood out as a key player in their field having a hands on approach to delivering green solutions to businesses. This company helps businesses of all sizes create more energy efficient workplaces thus saving money and also ensuring a reduction in their carbon footprint. They not only create energy reports and offer advice, but provide practical solutions to ensure energy efficiency becomes an everyday part of business.”
James Read, founder and director of Giant Peach added: “SMARTech Energy are worthy winners of not only the Green Business of the Year award but also the Wiltshire Business of the Year award. It is inspiring to see a local innovative company lead by example of how a business can use their expertise to inspire others to become more sustainable.”
Small Business of the Year winner: Aerian www.aerian.com Sponsored by The Enterprise Network
Aerian managing director Paul Goodenough, with Mayor of Swindon Andrew Bennett representing The Enterprise Network and Geoff Wells, Aerian.
The Small Business of the Year winner was Box based company Aerian. The digital agency delivers websites, apps, installations and other interactive products for some of the biggest companies and organisations in the UK including BBC, Sky, Alzheimer’s Society and Vodafone.
The Enterprise Network (TEN) sponsored the award and Rachel Finlay, development officer for TEN said: “Aerian are a truly inspirational small business; a specialist at the cutting edge of their industry sector with an impressive portfolio of brand name clients served, built through delivery of unstintingly excellent customer service, demonstrating an innovative approach to their products and services to create impressive year-on-year growth across all areas of the business. They are an asset to the Wiltshire business community.”
Manufacturer of the Year: Hayden’s Bakery www.haydensbakery.co.uk Sponsored by Monahans
Simon Richardson (left), commercial director Hayden’s Bakery and Iain Black, manufacturing partner at Monahans.
Devizes based Hayden’s Bakery was established in 1976 and employs 550 local people. They produce an extensive range of hand finished, added value bakery and dessert products and supply Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Costa Coffee, Aldi, Asda, Morrison’s, Caffe Nero, BAKO and the Foodservice market with a bespoke range of products.
Iain Black, manufacturing partner at Monahans and sponsor of the award said: “As an entrant in the manufacturer category Haydens Bakery really stood out as a business which identified that it needed to change to prosper in a highly competitive industry and has re-focussed on its core strengths and values. The company took the brave decisions to re-engineer its manufacturing process and concentrates on delivering a smaller but higher quality and innovative product range and has seen the tangible benefits of investing in the development of its workforce, putting them at the very heart of the transformation process.”
Exporter of the Year: P&B Weir Electrical wwwpbsigroup.com Sponsored by Combe Castle
From left to right: Jane Whatley, P&B Weir, Dee Temple-Multon, Inspire and Jack Godby, P&B Weir.
Based in Corsham, P&B Weir Electrical are designers and manufacturers of a comprehensive range of safety critical portable earthing equipment. Utilising their highly skilled design and development team, P&B produce earthing solutions for a range of industries across the world, including the electricity supply industry and the rail industry. By using only the highest grade materials, precision manufacturing and strict quality procedures, the main focus of P&B is manufacturing the best quality earthing products on the global market.
Managing director of Combe Castle, Darren Larvin, sponsor of the award said: “Coombe Castle International are delighted to sponsor the export category of the prestigious Enterprising Wiltshire Awards 2016. As a previous winner we know the awards are a great way of recognising the wonderful and diverse businesses we have here in the county and P&B Weir are very deserving winners.”
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Nicola Davis Crafts www.nicoladaviscrafts.co.uk Sponsored by Milsted Langdon.
Nicola Davis (left) with Rachael Verinder of Milsted Langdon.
Nicola Davis is a 19 year old entrepreneur from Corsham. Her company Nicola Davis Crafts specialises in the bright and colourful art of silk painting. The inspiration for her designs comes from her difficult past having battled and beaten both anorexia and depression. Her designs reflect positivity and happiness.
Nicola sells a wide range of artwork from bespoke wall art to silk scarves, cushions and accessories. These sell internationally from her website and also at local craft fairs such as the Corsham Creative Market.
Ian Lloyd, managing partner for the Bath office of Milsted Langdon who sponsored the award said: “Nicola is an inspiration to all young entrepreneurs. Having come from some testing times in her life, it is testimony to the attitude she now has – the world is indeed a better place for such a positive and happy person, destined to succeed in her new business venture. Go for it Nicola.”
Start-up of the Year: The Garden Cafe, Chippenham www.thegardenuk.co.uk Sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses FSB
John Paine, director of The Garden Cafe with Dee Temple-Multon, Inspire.
The Garden Cafe located in central Chippenham opened in February 2015. Business owner John Paine is dedicated to giving the people of Wiltshire a place to feel relaxed as they eat and drink quality, locally sourced produce, cooked on site.
From the word go The Garden Cafe has been a hit selling out on Valentine’s evening and staying busy throughout the Summer and Winter months. Sadly the cafe suffered an extensive fire in February and is currently closed for refurbishment. John is determined to get the place up and running as soon as possible, serving his loyal customer base once more.
Adrian Chase, chair of the North West Wilts Branch of the FSB and sponsor of the award said: “The Garden Cafe’s ethos of using local products and providing customer service that is second to none has greatly benefited Chippenham town centre. The FSB is proud to be associated with such a successful start-up business. We hope John and the team are open again very soon, doing what they do best.”
Most Innovative Product or Service: Julia’s House www.juliashouse.org Sponsored by Old Mill Group
Ged Montgomery and Heather Philpotts of Julia’s House with Matt Phillips, Old Mill Group.
Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity, dedicated to providing respite care to life-limited children and their families in Dorset and Wiltshire. They provide care at home, in the community and in the hospice near Poole. Having provided this specialist, expert care in Dorset since 2003, they expanded the service into Wiltshire two years ago, initially through a pilot service in the south of the county. The aim is for that service to be fully county-wide by the time their new Wiltshire children’s hospice opens in Autumn 2017.
Dan Carter, business development manager for Old Mill Group said: “We are delighted Julia’s House are winners of this category. There was stiff competition in this category, but ultimately what they’re doing has never been done before and is a much needed service for Wiltshire families. Old Mill will continue to support this fantastic charity in any way we can.”
Apprentice Employer of the Year: John Williams Heating Services www.jwheating.co.uk Sponsored by Wiltshire College
John and Debbie Williams receiving their award.
Claire Thorogood, deputy director at Wiltshire College said:
“John Williams Heating Services have been selected as the overall winner based upon their unwavering commitment to providing quality apprenticeship opportunities to young people and their passion for promoting the benefits of apprenticeships to other businesses.
“John Williams Heating Services have employed apprentices since 2011 and they intend to continue to offer more opportunities to apprentices in the future. Promotion of apprenticeship opportunities through outreach to local colleges and school leavers ensures that young people are aware of the fantastic career opportunities that an apprenticeship brings. The support for apprentices throughout their programme through dedicated mentoring from an experienced engineer allows for their apprentices to learn and develop their skills on the job. There are high expectations set for apprentices within the organisation and for this reason the apprenticeship programme is rewarding in terms of witnessing the development of young people to increase their expertise and grow in confidence and maturity. John Williams Heating Services Limited is proud to contribute to the skilled workforce of Wiltshire through their apprenticeship programme.
“As an Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Skills Funding Agency Debbie Williams gives her time and expertise on a voluntary basis to raise awareness of apprenticeships and communicate the advantages of engaging with the programme to other employers which directly supports the growing numbers of apprenticeship vacancies being made available by business in Wiltshire. ”
Main image: Stuart Pearce, managing director of SMARTech Energy receiving his award from sponsor James Read, Giant Peach Design.
All photography by Simon Watson www.purophotography.co.uk